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Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 9

Who knew that the 11am CT kickoff games were going to be the most interesting of the day around Big Ten football? I mean…Iowa vs. Maryland and Purdue vs. Minnesota — talk about a snoozefest. Except that was not what happened at all, and both game provided the only entertainment of the day in the Big Ten.

Chalk it up to yet another example of the weird, wacky and wild 2014 college football season. It also means our 11 panelists had another difficult task in picking each position in this week’s power poll.

Despite all the craziness that occurred in the two opening games, could it be the two blowouts from Michigan State and Ohio State that made the most impact on our polls? Let’s find out, but first remind you of our panelists:

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…

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Observations:

– For the first time ever this season we have a new leader at the top of the East division. It’s interesting to see because both MSU and OSU won by the exact same scores last weekend. Could it be that Ohio State’s defense is turning people towards the Buckeyes? Safe to say there won’t be a bigger game in the Big Ten than when these two get together two weeks from now.

– Minnesota is not afraid of a tie, as they were tied with the Badgers last week for third place. This week, it’s a nine-point increase for both schools after Iowa lost to Maryland and Minnesota came back against Purdue. Wisconsin was the biggest beneficiary this week, amazing considering it sat idle while chaos happened all around it in the West.

– Who would’ve thought Maryland and Rutgers would be ahead of Michigan and Penn State in the power rankings, and by a comfortable margin as well? Just goes to show you how quickly the mighty have fallen. James Franklin certainly has his hands full turning that program around and Brady Hoke may be on his way out in Ann Arbor. What a strange, but beautiful year it is in college football.

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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