Big Ten Power Rankings
1. (1st in East) Ohio State (3-0)
Beat NIU 20-13 (NIU 2-1). They definitely did not look like the number 1 team in the country. Then again they won and that’s all that matters. Cardale Jones played like a 3rd string QB, I mean 2nd string.
Last Week: 1
Next Up: Western Michigan
2. (2nd in East) Michigan State (3-0)
Beat AFA 35-21 (AFA 2-1). MSU looks really good. Could very soon challenge OSU for the number 1 spot.
Last Week: 2
Next Up: Central Michigan
3. (1st in West) Northwestern (3-0)
Beat Duke 19-10 (Duke 2-1). Surprising a lot of people including myself.
Last Week: 4
Next Up: Ball State
4. (2nd in West) Wisconsin (2-1)
Beat Troy 28-3 (Troy 1-2). This is the unusual stat for Wisconsin. Joel Stave is averaging almost 30 passes a game at a 67% completion percentage and a passer rating of 150.9. Top rusher Dare Ogunbowale is averaging 11 carries 65 yards a game.
Last Week: 3
Next Up: Hawaii
5. (3rd in East) Michigan (2-1)
Beat UNLV 28-7 (UNLV 0-3). This week will be a good test to see how much this team has improved. So far they seem to be getting better each week but hard to tell playing UNLV.
Last Week: 5
Next Up: BYU
6. (3rd in West) Iowa (3-0)
Beat Pitt 27-24 (Pitt 2-1). Is this team good enough to challenge Wisconsin or Northwestern for the West?
Last Week: 7
Next Up: North Texas
7. (4th in East) Maryland (2-1)
Beat USF 35-17 (USF 1-2). Maryland finally showed some offense HoustonBoiler. Starting Caleb Rowe over Perry Hills looks like a smart move this week.
Last Week: 9
Next Up: West Virginia
8. (4th in West) Minnesota (2-1)
Beat Kent 10-7 (Kent 1-2). Again I bring up what I said last week. "This is a weird team. You lose to the #3 team in the nation by 6pts, then it takes overtime to beat Colorado State." They beat Kent by 3pts. Illinois beat Kent 52-3. And Colorado State lost to a Colorado team that was 2-10 last year. We (Purdue) were 3-9 last year.
Last Week: 8
Next Up: Ohio
9. (5th in West) Nebraska (1-2)
Lost to MIA 36-33 (MIA 3-0). Talk about an awful way to start the season. Combined 8 points total in the two loses.
Last Week: 6
Next Up: Southern Miss
10. (5th in East) Penn State (2-1)
Beat Rutgers 28-3 (Rutgers 1-2). They beat Rutgers…no one cares. I think Purdue can beat Rutgers.
Last Week: 11
Next Up: San Diego State
11. (6th in East) Indiana (3-0)
Beat WKU 38-35 (2-1). All this talk about College Game Day is stupid. Just listen to your coach. 3 wins by a total of 18 points. 14 of those points are from one of the wins. But then again they are 3-0. And I still don’t think they will make a bowl.
Last Week: 12
Next Up: Wake Forest
12. (6th in West) Illinois (2-1)
Lost to UNC 48-14 (UNC 2-1). They are who we thought they were. This could be our Big Ten win….again.
Last Week: 10
Next Up: Middle Tennessee
13. (7th in East) Rutgers (1-2)
Lost to Penn State 28-3 (Penn State 2-1). Really you could rotate 13 and 14 each week. I wish Purdue played them. Then we could maybe get 2 or 3 Big Ten wins.
Last Week: 14
Next Up: Kansas
14. (7th in West) Purdue (1-2)
Lost to VT 51-24 (VT 2-1). I don’t have much to say about this game. It was emotionally draining. Hey now we try another QB. Just to give us a little more hope. Don’t quote me on this but I believe in the 14 years John Shoop has been an OC or OBs coach only 4 years he was on a team that played one QB. And that QB was T.J. Yates. Kind of weird but we will save that for another time.
Last Week: 13
Next Up: Bowling Green