Penn State challenging for no. 1

With two weeks completed in the Big Ten season, it is already becoming visibly clear there is a pretty solid gap between the top teams in the conference and everybody else. The updated power rankings of Big Ten teams will once again have the same three teams you have come to expect at the top of the totem pole with Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. But through two weeks of play, have you considered mixing up the order in which those three teams appear? Because I certainly have.

I have also done some shuffling of the deck around the Big Ten power rankings after observing what we have in the past couple of weekends of college football.

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to update my power rankings following the Week 1 results because I was getting my steps in during a week in Disney World. So I’ll be noting the change in my post-Week 2 power rankings compared to my preseason Big Ten rankings, recognizing the facts like Purdue losing in Week 1 but picking up a win in Week 2. Moving forward, I’ll be back on track to updating the power ranking on a weekly basis.

So, without any further delay of game penalties, let’s proceed with my Week 2 Big Ten power rankings.

Northwestern (1-1)

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Last game: Northwestern 38, UTEP 7

Previous ranking: 14

Northwestern picked up a rare win for the program, and it was reason to celebrate. But don’t get too used to that feeling in Evanston. There are far more losses coming Northwestern’s way this season, and next week’s game will not be easy on the road against the top 25 Blue Devils.

Next up for Northwestern: at Duke

Indiana (1-1)

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Last game: Indiana 41, Indiana State 7

Previous ranking: 13

I don’t tend to reward teams for beating up on FCS opposition (more on that later, I promise), so I’m not going overboard on Indiana picking up its first win of the year over Indiana State. But it was encouraging to see Indiana just take care of their opponent in a game they…

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