The crazy upsets and no-team-is-safe trend might make the Big Ten an entertaining conference night in and night out, but it’s hurting the teams in the top-25 rankings.
For the first time in a long time, no Big Ten team ranked in the top 10 when the latest AP poll released Monday.
Michigan State was bumped from the top 10 following its upset loss to Nebraska on Sunday, falling from No. 9 to No. 13. The Spartans, though, still remain the conference’s highest-ranked team.
Not far behind is Iowa, which jumped up a spot from No. 16 to No. 15. Wisconsin was the highest climber following its win at Michigan on Sunday, moving up five spots from No. 21 to No. 16. Michigan fell from No. 15 to No. 20, and Ohio State fell two spots from No. 22 to No. 24 thanks to their loss to Michigan earlier last week.
There’s sure to be some more jostling in the rankings by Big Ten teams following this weekend, which features a pair of match ups between ranked teams. Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, and Michigan hosts Michigan State on Sunday. Those also happen to be the top four teams in the Big Ten standings, meaning a lot could be determined about the race for the regular-season championship this weekend.
Who does the week set up best for? Ohio State. The Buckeyes play Northwestern at home on Wednesday and travel to Minnesota on Saturday. Not the easiest opponents — this is the Big Ten, after all — but if the Buckeyes win the pair, even they could find themselves in the mix for the conference title pending the weekend’s expected carnage.