The latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls are out, and the story is much the same for the Big Ten. Ohio State is a top-10 team in the AP but is absent from the coaches' rankings because of its probation. Michigan is the only other league team ranked. Here's how they stand:
7. Ohio State
The Buckeyes moved up one spot despite their close call at Indiana. Michigan is up two notches. Northwestern, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Penn State all received votes, but not enough to rank in the top 30.
The Wolverines move into the coaches' Top 25 after not being ranked last week. Northwestern is tops among other teams receiving votes. Wisconsin and Nebraska also received votes. (Like Ohio State, Penn State is ineligible for the coaches' poll).
Ohio State can only hope to finish No. 1 in the AP poll. Tonight brings the first official BCS standings of the season, incorporating the coaches' poll, the first Harris Poll of the year and computer ratings. We'll have coverage of the BCS standings release tonight in the blog, though news for the Big Ten doesn't figure to be very good.