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Big Ten in the latest polls

10/16/2011

The initial BCS standings will be revealed tonight, but the latest polls are out.

Let's see where the Big Ten teams stack up.

AP Poll

  • No. 4 Wisconsin

  • No. 13 Nebraska

  • No. 15 Michigan State

  • No. 18 Michigan

  • No. 23 Illinois

Coaches' Poll

  • No. 4 Wisconsin

  • No. 11 Nebraska

  • No. 13 Michigan State

  • No. 17 Michigan

  • No. 21 Illinois

  • No. 22 Penn State

Harris Poll

  • No. 4 Wisconsin

  • No. 11 Nebraska

  • No. 15 Michigan State

  • No. 17 Michigan

  • No. 20 Illinois

  • No. 24 Penn State

I'm surprised Penn State hasn't cracked the AP rankings (the Lions are the top team also receiving votes). While the Lions haven't been overly impressive in victory, they're still 6-1 and 3-0 in Big Ten play. Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Nebraska in my mind, but the Spartans are still being penalized for losing to unranked Notre Dame. Michigan and Illinois both were expected to tumble a bit in the polls. Wisconsin will have a tough time climbing into the top three, although an impressive win at Michigan State on the national stage this week would help the Badgers.