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Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 5

Week 4 was a lot better for most of  the Big Ten football programs out there, but did the lone loss (looking at you Michigan) have a huge effect on how our esteemed panel sees the conference? Michigan wasn’t the only big thing to happen in the Big Ten though, as Indiana took most of the country by surprise and took down the reigning SEC East champion, Missouri.

Things pretty much went as planned over on the Big Ten West side, but did any of the efforts put out affect our panel’s thinking? Let’s remind you of the great folks who took part this week:

Andy Coppens – talking10.com (@AndyOnFootball & @MTBadgers)
Kevin McGuire – Nittany Lions Den (@KevinOnCFB & @TheNLD)
Paul Dalen – CornNation (@paul_dalen & @CornNation)
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)

On to the rankings….

Week 5 Power Rankings:

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Observations:

– People remain conflicted about Wisconsin and Nebraska, and rightfully so after Week 4. Something tells me that these two are going to fight it out at the top until their matchup on Nov. 15 at Camp Randall, and the winner is probably a 99.9 percent favorite to head to Indianapolis at that point.

– I found the reactions to Michigan’s loss and Indiana’s win very interesting. Our panel of writers killed Michigan for its 16 point loss to Utah at home, and rightfully so. However, Indiana went on the road and did something no one else in the Big Ten could do this season — beat an SEC team — and still barely moved the needle. I found that surprising considering who the opponent was, the game being on the road and Indiana coming off its own road loss the week before.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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