Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 2

  • 01/02/2012 8:40 am in

Before the season, some suggested the Big Ten was down a little bit this year. After the first week of conference games, it’s clear that it’s much deeper than many predicted it would be. Upsets by Iowa at Wisconsin and Indiana against Ohio State show that any team can be beaten on any given day.

So, without further ado, this week’s power rankings.

12. Penn State (8-7, 0-2) (LAST WEEK: 11)…An 18-point loss at Michigan isn’t terrible, but a 12-point loss at Northwestern is pretty bad. The Hoosiers will see the Nittany Lions in less than a week.

11. Nebraska (8-5, 0-2) (LAST WEEK: 10)…The Cornhuskers played Michigan State tough, but they’ve lost two home conference games by a combined 37 points to the Spartans and Wisconsin.

10. Northwestern (11-3, 1-1) (LAST WEEK: 8)…The Wildcats beat a weak Penn State team at home, but got hammered at Ohio State. They’ve lost both of their road games this season.

9. Minnesota (12-3, 0-2) (LAST WEEK: 9)…Even without star Trevor Mbakwe, the Golden Gophers have hung tough with two of the Big Ten’s better teams on the road. They pushed Illinois to double overtime before falling by nine, and lost by just five points at Michigan.

8. Illinois (12-3, 1-1) (LAST WEEK: 7)…The Illini’s double-overtime win against Minnesota raised some eyebrows, and a 15-point loss at Purdue raised even more. Illinois is talented, but is it good enough to be a conference contender?

7. Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1) (LAST WEEK: 3)…The Badgers’ 72-65 home loss to Iowa shows how deep the Big Ten is this year. Jordan Taylor’s numbers are down so far.

6. Iowa (9-6, 1-1) (LAST WEEK: 12)…Who had the Hawkeyes as a contender? They lost to Purdue by only three points at home and pulled a major upset at Wisconsin.

5. Michigan (12-2, 2-0) (LAST WEEK: 5)…The Wolverines may be unbeaten in conference, but they haven’t really played anybody. Their home wins against Minnesota and Penn State are good, but they don’t show whether or not Michigan is for real.

4. Purdue (12-3, 2-0) (LAST WEEK: 6)…Yes, the Boilermakers have climbed into the top four. Their win at Iowa looks more impressive after the Hawkeyes upset Wisconsin.

3. Michigan State (13-2, 2-0) (LAST WEEK: 4)…The Spartans looked impressive in beating Indiana, but they did it home where the Hoosiers haven’t won a game in more than 20 years. They also won at Nebraska.

2. Ohio State (13-2, 1-1) (LAST WEEK: 1)…The Buckeyes are extremely talented, but the Hoosiers exposed their lack of depth Saturday night. Plus, Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas are still just sophomores.

1. Indiana (13-1, 1-1) (LAST WEEK: 2)…You could make a case for Michigan State in this spot given their win against the Hoosiers, but nobody in the conference — or the country — has two better wins than Indiana’s against Ohio State and Kentucky.

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  • Anonymous

    You can’t put IU at the top of the list based on speculation of what impact Sheehey would have.

  • cooper

    As awful as the team has been and the number of arse kickings these players have taken, I would hope they don’t have any let down games. I actually don’t think they will because they will want to win so badly since they rarely have. 

  • cooper

    As awful as the team has been and the number of arse kickings these players have taken, I would hope they don’t have any let down games. I actually don’t think they will because they will want to win so badly since they rarely have. 

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Oh yeah without question I agree with the value of the game, especially for Michigan. I believe in our team and we will win. Maybe for added motivation our guys should be reminded of the home winning streak they are building. It is now 11 and would be 12 with Michigan.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Watford has hit the boards pretty darn well as of late.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Hey if we were asked before the season if we would be cool with a split with OSU we all would have been slobbering and saying yes like a Rottweiler that was being asked if he wanted a t bone steak off the grill. 🙂

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Hey if we were asked before the season if we would be cool with a split with OSU we all would have been slobbering and saying yes like a Rottweiler that was being asked if he wanted a t bone steak off the grill. 🙂

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    And one was on a big boat. Benny was at that game too.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I live 15 minutes northwest of Louisville. It is nice to be running down pUke of L in the polls. It is very nice hearing the local sports radio guys chewing on their Eastlands after they gave Indiana such a hard time in the pre conference season, despite pUke of L playing a very weak schedule as well up to (maybe) the Memphis game.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I live 15 minutes northwest of Louisville. It is nice to be running down pUke of L in the polls. It is very nice hearing the local sports radio guys chewing on their Eastlands after they gave Indiana such a hard time in the pre conference season, despite pUke of L playing a very weak schedule as well up to (maybe) the Memphis game.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve always got that going for them. Some teams lose the will to win. This Hoosiers team has lost so much, they have lost the will to lose. They HATE it. That’s what I love about this team, they want to win more than anybody. It’s really fun to watch them will themselves to victory.

  • Anonymous

    That’s not what I’m basing it on, at least not solely.  I’m basing it on Indiana having two better wins than Michigan State, while almost beating MSU in Lansing.  But, like I’ve said, if you want to put MSU first, that’s fine, but it’s not because of the “road win” thing.  No contender for #1 Big Ten team has done more than Indiana.  If you want to say some teams have similar road accomplishments, fine.  But I don’t think MSU’s win at Gonzaga, plus the win at Nebraska, are necessarily definitively better than IU’s wins at NC State and at Evansville.  Slightly better, maybe, but certainly not different leagues.

  • Anonymous

    Great video.  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

     One thing for sure..any critics of IU’s “RPI”…can now “RIP”

  • Anonymous

    It mostly has to do with that I think MSU is the better team right now. Outside of IU’s run, MSU handled IU pretty well. Don’t think I’m trying to disrespect IU, I think by the end of the year, IU will be the better team. But right now I think MSU is the better team and deserves to be ranked higher.

  • Anonymous

    This post is awesome because it has everybody all stirred up! The reality is none of us know just how good the Hoosiers are yet. We know they are an NCAA caliber team, but there is still so much to be seen this year. They are way better than I expected and continue to improve every game. One thing is for sure, it’s great to be a Hoosier fan and see them doing well again. I am really happy to even have an argument at all about them being the best in the Big Ten. I would put us at number 2 behind MSU for last week’s performance, but we did beat the best team in the nation on New Years Eve in my opinion. If we get the Wolverines on Thursday and win at PSU Sunday (4-1 BIG Ten), I bet a lot more people will start believing the hype!

  • Anonymous

    I have heard it could be 3-4 weeks from his intital injury, which was Dec. 21st. He looked really gimpy walking to and from the bench before and after timeouts on Saturday night and wasn’t dressed out. Hopefully sooner.

  • Anonymous

    Who reffed, Gopher, Doc, and Isaac?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Georgetown or thereabouts

  • That’s a good point, but it doesn’t detract from the fact that we went from last to first in one yr…..I’d rather be here.

    Dakich thought we were in the top 4 in the big ten and after last yr – I am very impressed with this team and esp the coaching.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not trying to disrespect or take anything away from the team. I am extremely proud of the progress that has been made. I just think at this point, IU does not need to be at the top of the list.

  • Anonymous

    While IU has loads of talent on the perimeter, we have zero talent in the post after Zeller. You need depth upfront to compete for a championship.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always put Michigan State at #4 since they are a basketball school and the second most prestigious program in the Big Ten.  They’ve also been the most successful over the last 10-15 years.  Michigan and Ohio State are at best apathetic about their basketball programs.

  • IU MO

    IU is back its been 3 years and we will never give up are support we are still in a rebuilding year. One game at a time Penn State next