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Big Ten Power Rankings - Week 2

Week two of the college football season featured multiple Big 10 teams getting bit by the upset bug

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1. Ohio State (2-0, 1-0)

Entering the season the Buckeyes were viewed as the team to beat in the Big Ten. After scoring 77 against Oregon State week one and hanging 52 on Rutgers in their Big 10 opener they’ve done nothing to warrant moving down. Dwayne Haskins and that offense is scary good.

2. Penn State (2-0)

After suffering a scare against a good Appalachian State team, our beloved Nittany Lions decimated Pitt on Saturday night. James Franklin and company rolled into Pittsburgh and obliterated the Panthers 51-6. This showing moves them up a spot.

3. Wisconsin (2-0)

After being second in the power rankings last week, the Badgers move down a spot this week. While, yes, they’re 2-0 they have played absolutely no one. They also struggled with lowly New Mexico for a half on Saturday. BYU may give them a nice test this weekend.

4. Iowa (2-0)

Does Iowa ever get the respect they deserve? Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes have a senior signal caller in Nathan Stanley and through two games they’ve allowed 10 points.

5. Maryland (2-0)

After an offseason from hell, the Terps have rallied around interim head coach Matt Canada. Following a win over then 23rd ranked Texas week one they overcame a slow start to beat Bowling Green on Saturday to improve to 2-0.

6. Michigan State (1-1)

Two weeks into the season there may not be a team in the B1G with more questions surrounding them than the Spartans. After barely escaping against Utah State in week one, Sparty lost to Arizona State on Saturday night.

7. Michigan (1-1)

After their offense looked totally incompetent in a loss to Notre Dame week one, the Wolverines hung 49 on Western Michigan Saturday. Despite this, there are still plenty of questions about Michigan’s offense when facing a good defense.

8. Indiana (2-0)

It took surviving a last second heave to the end zone from Virginia, but the Hoosiers improved to 2-0 on Saturday. A 3-0 start should be expected in Bloomington with Ball State up next.

9. Minnesota (2-0)

Following a last second victory over Fresno State, PJ Fleck and company has rowed their boat to a 2-0 start. As a result, the Golden Gophers move up three spots in the power rankings and crack the top-10.

10. Northwestern (1-1, 1-0)

After going into West Lafayette and defeating Purdue to start the season, the Northwestern Wildcats owned a FBS best 10 game winning streak. However, on Saturday afternoon Pat Fitzgerald’s group laid an egg in their home opener suffering a 21-7 loss against Duke.

11. Illinois (2-0)

The good news - the Fightin’ Illini are 2-0. The bad news - they’re still not a good football team.

12. Rutgers (1-1, 0-1)

Rutgers got destroyed in Columbus on Saturday and nearly got their freshman quarterback Art Sitkowski killed. The Scarlet Knights continue to be one of the worst P5 teams in the country.

13. Nebraska (0-1)

The Cornhuskers had their season opener against Akron, the Zips not Panthers, last weekend. This delayed Scott Frost and Adrian Martinez’s debut to this past Saturday. On top of blowing a 4th quarter lead at home against Colorado, the Huskers also lost Martinez to an ankle injury.

14. Purdue (0-2, 0-1)

Last and least there is Purdue. Expectations were high for Jeff Brohm and company entering the season after a bowl victory in 2017. But, the Boilermakers have opened up the season by costing themselves a victory at home against Northwestern due to penalties/turnovers and an embarrassing home lose to Eastern Michigan. This has caused the Boilermakers to plummet to last in this week’s power rankings.