Ohio State's national championship hopes received a nice boost in Week 7 even though the Buckeyes didn't play, as Stanford, Georgia and Oklahoma stumbled. The Big Ten's overall stock, however, took a dip as Michigan suffered its first loss and Northwestern was blown out at Wisconsin.
If you're perusing the latest AP Poll, you'll see Ohio State holding steady at No. 4. Then you'll have to go all the way to the bottom to find the next Big Ten team, No. 25 Wisconsin. Michigan and Northwestern both dropped out, while Michigan State and Nebraska haven't done enough in the voters' eyes to make it in.
The Coaches' Poll is a little kinder to the Big Ten, as Ohio State remained at No. 3, Nebraska moved up three spots to No. 21 and Michigan stayed in the rankings at No. 24. How Wisconsin remains on the outside looking in is ridiculous, although I stopped trying to figure out the coaches' rankings a long time ago. These guys know a lot about their own teams, but very little about the national scene.
A reminder that the initial BCS standings come out next Sunday.
Here's how the Big Ten stacks up in the polls:
No. 4 Ohio State
No. 25 Wisconsin
Receiving votes: Michigan (26th), Nebraska (27th), Michigan State (28th), Northwestern (34th)
No. 3 Ohio State
No. 21 Nebraska
No. 24 Michigan
Receiving votes: Wisconsin (26th), Michigan State (27th), Northwestern (33rd)