Finally, a week that went as it should’ve on paper….oh, who are we kidding, this is 2014 and nothing about this season in Big Ten football or college football in general has made any sense at all.
While Big Ten West heavyweights welcomed newcomers Maryland and Rutgers to the western part of the conference with nearly identical butt kickings, the rest of Week 9 didn’t go nearly as smoothly. First Illinois conjured up the spirit of the galloping ghost and surprised everyone with a win over previously unbeaten (in Big Ten play) Minnesota, then we nearly got Penn State getting revenge for the butt kicking it got last season.
If only the refs knew the rule book, that dream scenario for PSU fans would’ve come to fruition.
Given the weekend, did our panel make some changes from a week ago? Let’s give a shout out to our distinguished group of panelists before revealing our division-based power poll.
Andy Coppens – talking10.com (@AndyOnFootball & @MTBadgers)
Kevin McGuire – Nittany Lions Den (@KevinOnCFB & @TheNLD)
Ross – Black Heart Gold Pants (@RossWB and @BHGP)
Phillip Rossman-Reich – Lake The Posts (@RiseNU & @LakeThePosts)
Kevin Recio – On the Banks (@OTB_SBNation & @KevRecio)
Ken Kohl – The Buckeye Battlecry (@The_BBC)
Andy – The Daily Gopher (@yorka1982 & @TheDailyGopher)
Hondo Carpenter – Spartan Nation (@HondoCarpenter)
Dave Fitzgerald – talking10.com (@BuckeyeFitzy)
Paul Dalen – CornNation (@paul_dalen & @CornNation)
Joshua Henschke – Maize ‘N Brew (@joshuahenschke)
On to the poll…
– In the interest of full disclosure, I was the lone first-place vote for the Buckeyes. I found it interesting that a struggle against a high-quality Penn State defense did enough damage to flip five other votes in one week. After all, Michigan State beat a team that is so bad it only has the Big Ten winless Hoosiers to thank for not being last. We’ll get the ultimate answer to the top of the East this week.
– How bad is the rest of the Big Ten East folks? Rutgers goes to Nebraska, gets pounded on and still is the third best team in the East…that’s how bad. We’ll have more on that during the week, that’s for sure.
– Have our voters slept on Iowa after its bad loss to Maryland, or did the Hawkeyes show their true colors? Given the bye week it was amazingly easy to forget about the Hawkeyes, but to the credit of our panelists, they gained two points from last week’s voting. As November hits us, Iowa could be an interesting team in the race for the Big Ten title.