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Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 8

The wild and wacky Big Ten football season has not stopped teasing us. After a few weeks in to conference play we see Minnesota and Iowa undefeated, while the usual suspects out in the East — Michigan State and Ohio State — are on top of the standings.

It may be another month before we really know how things are going to shake up, especially out west when three of the expected contenders play each other in the final weeks of the season.

Needless to say, the topsy-turvy nature of the Big Ten has made it difficult to decide between the teams for our distinguished panel of voters. Those ten voters have been around every week, so here are the panelist that had the honor of distinguishing between the teams.

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)

Let’s get on to the Power Poll for Week 8.

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Observations:

– Despite early season losses by the big boys, the voters aren’t ready to give up on the Badgers and Huskers out West just yet. Both are still at the top of the heap, despite two other teams being undefeated in Big Ten play. However, Minnesota seems to be the team most believe are for real with their efforts, tying the Badgers for second place this week. Could the Gophers jump in to the top two out west with a 3-0 start this week?

– Penn State has fallen quickly in our weekly Power Poll to say the least. At one point they were heading towards contention in the Big Ten, then conference play happened and Penn State has lost back-to-back games to teams they should be beating if they want to contend. Could it be that the Nittany Lions recruiting sanctions are finally catching up to them?

– Ohio State has scored at least 34 points every game this season and have 50 points or more in each of its last three games. However, they have yet to gain a single first place vote all season long. With Rutgers, Penn State and Illinois on the docket, it will be interesting to see if they can gain any ground on Michigan State if both are continuing to win football games.

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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