Big 10 football
The weekly roundup gets somewhat less enjoyable with each loss, but here's the chart nevertheless. I've incorporated Seth's suggestion of including last week's rankings for comparative purposes. Last week's rankings are indicated with a less opaque icon; if you can't see it at all, it's because the ranking hasn't changed much at all.
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So, we seem to have a four-tier B1G:
- Good teams: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State
- Above-average teams: Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa, and Indiana is in this group, too, despite their schizophrenic nature (excellent offense, abysmal defense).
- Below-average teams: Illinois, Penn State
- Horrible teams: Purdue
Not an unexpected spot, but ESPN ranked Michigan #2 in their "Future" Big 10 Power Rankings. You can imagine who is in first. Perhaps #6 will be a bit of a surprise...
B1G's Delany to Tribune: Status quo of 8 conf games "not even on the table" now. It'll be either 9 or 10. Decision in spring.
A CBS write up is here with the following quote from Delany:
“We like to play each other, and those are not hollow words," said Delany. "We are getting larger and want to bind the conference together.”