Big Ten in the polls

The new national rankings are out, and here's how it looks for the Big Ten.

AP Poll

(Previous rank in parentheses)

  • No. 2: Ohio State (2)

  • No. 15: Iowa (17)

  • No. 17: Michigan State (24)

  • No. 18: Michigan (19)

  • No. 20: Wisconsin (11)

Coaches' Poll

  • No. 2: Ohio State (2)

  • No. 15: Iowa (18)

  • No. 16: Michigan State (21)

  • No. 17: Michigan (19)

  • No. 19: Wisconsin (9)

  • No. 25: Northwestern (NR)

Thoughts: It's not a surprise to see Penn State fall out of both polls after its second loss. The Nittany Lions haven't done much this season to show they can beat elite competition. I thought Iowa and Michigan State would climb a little higher in the polls, while Michigan's small move up seems about right after the Wolverines survived a shootout at Indiana. You figured Wisconsin would take a hit after a 10-point loss at Spartan Stadium, and the Badgers are still looking for a strong performance against top competition. I'm not surprised to see Northwestern missing from the AP rankings, although the Wildcats are fifth among teams also receiving votes. Northwestern will be ranked in both polls if it beats Purdue this week, no matter how ugly the win looks. It's interesting to see Ohio State retain one first-place vote in both polls despite Alabama's impressive performance against Florida.