Spartans Nation Ten Power Ranking – Week 2

The Big Ten conference had a strong showing in Week 1, going undefeated in non-conference play last weekend.

There were, however, a trio of games featuring two Big Ten teams going head-to-head, which created a shake-up in our power rankings heading into Week 2.

To be clear, power rankings are going to be based on very short-term results and momentum. These rankings do not reflect where I expect each Big Ten program to end up in league standings. Instead, power rankings are mostly based on what each program has looked like recently.

Without further ado, let’s get started:

14.) Nebraska

Last week: 13
Result week 1: Win, 38-17, against North Dakota
Registration: 1-1
Comments: The Cornhuskers picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, but didn’t do it very convincingly against an FCS opponent. Nebraska were in a dogfight for much of the first three quarters, before finally putting some distance between themselves and the Fighting Hawks. The Cornhuskers have been totally mediocre at the start of this season.

Next opponent: South Georgia (1-0)

13.) Northwest

Last week: 12
Result week 1: Goodbye
Registration: 1-0
Comments: The Wildcats had a Week 1 bye after starting their season with a Week 0 win over Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland. Northwestern loses a spot this week more because of what other Big Ten teams have done, rather than their own shortcomings.

Next opponent: Duke (1-0)

12.) Illinois

Last week: ten
Result week 1: Defeat, 23-20, at Indiana
Registration: 1-1
Comments: The Fighting Illini led Indiana for the majority of the second half Friday night, including a 20-16 lead with just over two minutes left in the game. However, the Hoosiers rallied with a game-winning touchdown and Illinois was sent home with their first loss of the year.

Next opponent: Virginia (1-0)

11.) Indiana

Last week: 14
Result week 1: Win, 23-20, against Illinois
Registration: 1-0
Comments: The Hoosiers get a small bump in their power rankings after starting their season with a conference win over the Fighting Illini. Indiana was the only Big Ten team not to win in conference in 2021, so you can be sure it feels good for head coach Tom Allen to get rid of that minkey.

Next opponent: Idaho (0-1)

10.) Rutgers

Last week: 11
Result week 0: Victory, 22-21, at Boston College
Registration: 1-0
Comments: In the grand scheme of college football, the Scarlet Knights’ victory over Boston College on Saturday doesn’t seem like a big deal. However, it was an important victory for Rutgers, who must face each of the Big Ten East powerhouses as well as Iowa and Minnesota out of the West Division. With the Scarlet Knights looking to be eligible for the bowl, it was a needed win and a boost of confidence for this program.

Next opponent: Wagner (0-1)


Last week: 9
Result week 1: Victory, 31-10, against Buffalo
Registration: 1-0
Comments: The Terrapins ran their business against an overmatched MAC team in Buffalo, so they stay where they started the season in our power rankings.

Next opponent: Charlotte (0-2)

Scroll to continue

8.) Iowa

Last week: 4
Result week 1: Win, 7-3, against South Dakota State
Registration: 1-0
Comments: Wow… The Hawkeyes have a ton of work to do if they want to be successful on offense in 2022. The Iowa offense scored 3 points against an FCS opponent and needed two safeties from their defense to beat the Jackrabbits. As a result, the Hawkeyes drop in our power rankings. Just a terrible offense in Iowa City.

Next opponent: Iowa State (1-0)

7.) Purdue

Last week: seven
Result week 1: Loss, 35-31, against Penn State
Registration: 0-1
Comments: The Boilermakers overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to take a second-half lead over Penn State, but Purdue was unable to put the game away late in the fourth quarter and the Nittany Lions scored a touchdown with less than a minute to go. one in West Lafayette. Purdue looks like a decent football team, but they will have to bounce back from a disappointing result in Week 1.

Next opponent: Indiana State (1-0)

6.) Penn State

Last week: 8
Result week 1: Victory, 35-31, at Purdue
Registration: 1-0
Comments: The Nittany Lions were favored and expected to win at Purdue on Thursday, but it was still a big win for this program. Penn State is coming off a 7-6 record in 2021, and that’s just not enough for James Franklin and Co. Now the Nittany Lions still have issues to consolidate, especially along their offensive line, but Penn State is off to a good start.

Next opponent: Ohio (1-0)

5.) Wisconsin

Last week: 5
Result week 1: Win, 38-0, over Illinois State
Registration: 1-0
Comments: Not much to see here. The Badgers did what they had to do to an FCS opponent. Braelon Allen, Wisconsin’s true second-year running back, is a stalwart, and he’ll be a player to watch all season in this conference. Quarterback Graham Mertz has been efficient and effective, which is also good news for the Badgers.

Next opponent: Washington State (1-0)

4.) Minnesota

Last week: 4
Result week 1: Win, 38-0, over New Mexico State
Registration: 1-0
Comments: Kind of another ho-hum result here. The Golden Gophers did exactly what they were supposed to do in this one and picked up an easy win in their season opener. I expect Minnesota to be a strong contender for the Big Ten West division, led by quarterback Tanner Morgan and tailback Mohamed Ibrahim.

Next opponent: Western Illinois (0-1)

3.) State of Michigan

Last week: 3
Result week 1: Win, 35-13, against Western Michigan
Registration: 1-0
Comments: I briefly considered dropping the Spartans one spot in favor of Minnesota, but West Michigan is a better team than New Mexico State, so Michigan State retains its position at No. 3 in our power rating. There are definitely some things head coach Mel Tucker will want to clean up heading into Week 2, and MSU suffered a pair of significant injuries to their defense in Darius Snow and Xavier Henderson. However, the Spartans’ passing rush was excellent against the Broncos, and the offense showed potential as well.

Next opponent: West Michigan

2.) Michigan

Last week: 1
Result week 1: Win, 51-7, over Colorado State
Registration: 1-0
Comments: We’re starting to sound like a broken record here, but this was another result that was fully expected. The Wolverines crippled Colorado State en route to an easy victory in Week 1. Incumbent starting quarterback Cade McNamara failed to impress, however, and the Michigan quarterback’s situation remains in flux. with former 5-star JJ McCarthy set to start Week 2. That’s something to keep an eye on as the Wolverines continue to ride through one of the worst non-conference schedules among the Power 5 schedules.

Next opponent: Hawaii (0-2)

1.) Ohio State

Last week: 2
Result week 1: Win, 21-10, against No. 5 Notre Dame
Registration: 1-0
Comments: It didn’t take long for the Buckeyes to reclaim the top spot in our power rankings. Ohio State earned the most impressive victory of any team in the conference in Week 1, knocking out the fifth-placed Fighting Irish. It was surprising to see the Buckeyes struggle offensively against Notre Dame – wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s injury played a part – but credit the Irish defense for their efforts. However, Ohio State seemed improved on the defensive side of football, and if that happens, it will be bad news for the rest of the Big Ten.

Next opponent: Arkansas State (1-0)

Comments are closed.