Sunday, September 30, 2012
Big Ten in the latest polls
By Adam Rittenberg
The Big Ten still has only three teams in the latest AP Top 25 poll, as Northwestern replaces Michigan State, which fell out after its second loss in three weeks. Ohio State moves up two spots to No. 12, while Nebraska moves up a single spot to No. 22 after its come-from-behind win against Wisconsin on Saturday night. Nebraska held at No. 20 in the coaches' poll.
Northwestern is ranked in both the AP and coaches' polls for the first time since 2008, when it started 6-1 and finished 9-4, the team's best season under coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Michigan State and Michigan continue to lurk outside both major polls, while Purdue is receiving some votes from the coaches but none in the AP poll. The Spartans fell all the way from No. 18 in the coaches' poll to the outside, which is somewhat surprising as they lost by just a point. Wisconsin also finally fell out of the coaches' poll despite a plucky performance in Lincoln. Penn State isn't receiving any votes in the AP poll -- like Ohio State, the Nittany Lions won't receive votes from the coaches because of their postseason probation -- but likely will get some love if it knocks off Northwestern this week.
Let's take a look at the rankings ...
No. 12 Ohio State (last week: 14)
No. 21 Nebraska (last week: 22)
No. 24 Northwestern (last week: not ranked)
Michigan State is fourth among "others receiving votes," while Michigan is sixth.
No. 20 Nebraska (last week: 20)
No. 22 Northwestern (last week: not ranked)
Michigan State is fifth among others receiving votes. Michigan is ninth, Wisconsin is 12th and Purdue is 13th.