Well, that was quite a weekend. To quote our managing editor Ben Ross, “Wow, college football kinda burned to the ground over the weekend.” That’s an understatement.
Fortunately for the Big Ten, that fire didn’t touch much of the land in our conference. Those top ten upsets went a long way in ensuring that the Big Ten has a representative in the College Football Playoff for a fourth consecutive year.
Within the conference, however, we witnessed a cleansing of sorts in Lincoln, as a once proud program fell to rock bottom right before our eyes.
1. Ohio State (6-1, 4-0)
The Buckeyes look like world-beaters since losing to Oklahoma, and I‘m not sure there is a team outside of Tuscaloosa that can hang with them right now. As far as Saturday’s romp over the Huskers, I’m not sure if Ohio State was that good or Nebraska is just that bad.
2. Penn State (6-0, 3-0)
The Nittany Lions are a solid team, but they have more flaws than the Buckeyes — and nowhere near the explosiveness on offense.
3. Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0)
I used to have a big crush on Drew Barrymore back in the day. I always thought she looked as good as she wanted to look. Wisconsin is the Drew Barrymore of college football in that regard.
4. Michigan State (5-1, 3-0)
The Spartans continue to win ugly. If there is a garbage can nearby, they will smash you over the head with it to get the win.
5. Michigan (5-1, 2-1)
It feels like the wheels are wobbling and ready to fall off right now. Things might get ugly Saturday night in Happy Valley.
6. Iowa (4-2, 1-2)
It was nice to sit back and see where everyone else stood. The Hawkeyes are good enough as-is to finish the season 8-4.
7. Purdue (3-3, 1-2)
They wrestled with the Badgers over the weekend and continue to show that they fear no team. There’s a real good chance they come to Iowa City on November 18th with a 7-3 record.
8. Northwestern (3-3, 1-2)
All of their losses have come to decent teams, but none of their wins have been overly impressive.
9. Indiana (3-3, 0-3)
These guys aren’t bad. The Michigan State game is going to be very interesting.
10. Maryland (3-3, 1-2)
All things considered, D.J. Durkin has done a pretty solid job with this team in 2017. Tough loss to the Wildcats though.
11. Minnesota (3-3, 0-3)
Their three losses have come by a combined four scores. They’re in every game, and they play four quarters every week.
12. Nebraska (3-4, 2-2)
13. Rutgers (2-4, 1-2)
Congrats, Rutgers! You’re not the worst!
14. Illinois (2-4, 0-3)
Illinois is essentially Buzz’s girlfriend in Home Alone.