2012 College Football Rankings: Updated Big Ten Power Rankings

Updated Big Ten Power Rankings

9/18/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ Big Ten power rankings: Week 4

September15, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) dives into the end zone for a two-point conversion inthe 4th quarter against the California Golden Bears at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
1. Ohio State (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten; LW: No. 2) -- The Buckeyes land the top spot in the Big Ten by default after Michigan State's derailing loss to Notre Dame. It's an obvious down year for the conference and it's unfortunate that OSU is ineligible for postseason play. Next up: vs. UAB, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

2. Michigan (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 3) -- Michigan finished off UMass by 50 points, and now Robinson gets somewhat of a rebuttal from his Alabama performance this weekend when the Wolverines travel to South Bend. Next up: at Notre Dame, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC).

3. Michigan State (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 1) -- Quarterback Andrew Maxwell and the Spartans' entire offensive unit have a long way to go in order to reach the Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl. Next up: vs. Eastern Michigan, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

4. Nebraska (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 4) -- The Huskers' offense has put up enough points (40.3 ppg) to still be undefeated, but the defense — mainly the front seven — is a concern. Next up: vs. Idaho State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

5. Purdue (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 5) -- Dare me to say it? OK, I will: Purdue has a shot to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game. There, I did it. Next up: BYE

6. Northwestern (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 7) -- The Wildcats need a quality win before they can be considered a top-5 candidate. They won't get that opportunity until about Week 9 when Nebraska comes to town. Next up: vs. South Dakota, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

7. Wisconsin (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 6) -- I'm very tempted to put Illinois here instead, but I have faith that the Badgers' running game will be restored at some point in the near future and things in Madison will revert to some level of normalcy. Next up: vs. UTEP, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

8. Illinois (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 9) -- Home is where the heart is at: Illinois is 2-0 in Champaign, where it has outscored opponents 68-7. Next up: vs. Louisiana Tech, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

9. Minnesota (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 8) -- Jerry Kill has the Golden Gophers off to their first 3-0 start since 2008, but they lose starting quarterback MarQueis Gray to an ankle injury for 2-4 weeks. Next up: vs. Syracuse, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

10. Iowa (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 10) -- You can't really blame Iowa for its slow start. Blame the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God (AIRBHG), which took out six tailbacks this offseason. Still, walk-on fullback Mark Weisman did a nice job against Northern Iowa, rushing for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Next up: vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

11. Penn State (1-2, 0-0; LW: No. 12) -- I'm glad Bill O'Brien finally got his first W as a head coach out of the way, because those are going to be hard to come by for the next half decade. Next up: vs. Temple, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

12. Indiana (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 11) -- The Hoosiers couldn't beat Ball State last week. Granted they were without starting quarterback Tre Roberson — who is out for the season — but it looks like they're only going to be able to double last year's win total in 2012. Next up: BYE
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