The Big Ten in the latest polls
September, 29, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
As most of the Big Ten watched Week 5 from the couch -- six teams had open weeks -- there wasn't too much movement in the polls.
Two of the Big Ten's ranked teams squared off in Columbus, and Ohio State prevailed by a touchdown, holding steady at No. 4 and No. 3, respectively, in the AP and coaches' polls.
Wisconsin paid a price for its second setback of the young season, falling out of both polls. We happen to think the Badgers are better than several ranked one-loss teams out there, but the voters look for reasons to drop teams, and Wisconsin's losses provide an out.
Northwestern moves up a spot in both polls, rising to No. 16 in the AP and No. 15 in the coaches', heading into this week's home showdown against Ohio State. Michigan moves up in the coaches' but drops in the AP, thanks to Florida's improved play, while Nebraska returns to the coaches' poll at No. 25.
Iowa's four-game win streak has earned the Hawkeyes a vote in the coaches' poll, while the voters aren't quite as sold on Illinois' surprising start.
Future Big Ten member Maryland cracks the AP Poll at No. 25, while Rutgers is receiving votes in both polls.
Here's how the league stacks up in both major polls:
No. 4 Ohio State
No. 16 Northwestern
No. 19 Michigan
Receiving votes: Wisconsin (28th), Nebraska (29th), Michigan State (33rd)
No. 3 Ohio State
No. 15 Northwestern
No. 17 Michigan
No. 25 Nebraska
Receiving votes: Wisconsin (28th), Michigan State (33rd), Iowa (T-36th)
Ohio State's Toughness
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State