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Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 5:34 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big Ten fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.


7/7. Wisconsin

I've said for the entire year that Wisconsin's closer to fourth or fifth in terms of talent and play quality, and there's nothing the Badgers have done to indicate that they're not one of the five best teams in the nation. Unfortunately, the Badgers have also played noooobody, especially compared to the six teams ranked above the Badgers, so I can't muster up any disapproval of Wisconsin sitting at seventh in both polls. Fortunately, the non-conference slate is over, and Wisconsin's playing a real opponent this week. Finally.

8/8. Nebraska

Hey, there's Wisconsin's conference opener right there, Nebraska! Nebraska's now only one spot behind Wisconsin, which if you've actually seen both teams play this year, is preposterous. The Huskers' trip to Madison is, I suspect, going to push both teams back toward where I think they both belong--mainly, Wisconsin at 5, and Nebraska at 15. So if Wisconsin wins by two scores, like I'm predicting, I don't think Nebraska falls very far in my rankings. That's what the 15th best team ought to do in a road game at the fifth best team, isn't it? Of course, in Win Go Up Lose Go Down Poll World, Nebraska's about to tumble, but that just seems like a correction that I don't need to make on my end. And yes, Sensitive Nebraska Fan, I am totally biased against your team now and forever, even while I still think the Huskers win the division title. Whatever you need to sleep at night.

19/19. Michigan

Michigan as the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten? Shows you what going 4-0 gets you, I suppose. This is higher than I have Michigan, although not by as much as before, and as long as Denard Robinson remains bulletproof things will continue to improve in Ann Arbor. It's just, jeez, that last half of the schedule might mean a 1-5 finish for the Maize and Blue. I'm letting it affect my voting habits for Michigan. I shouldn't yet. Punish the teams the losses they have and not the ones that loom, right? Right. So I suppose No. 19 is fine -- for now.

24/22. Illinois

This ranking is about right. Illinois continues its unlikely unbeaten spree and will probably do so until at least October 15 when it hosts Ohio State. But honestly, that's going to be like a late-oughts Boise State 6-0: One tough opponent, and the rest a set of cupcakes that all but the worst BCS conference teams could go 5-0 against. And yet no matter how many qualifiers you attach to it, unbeaten is still unbeaten, and that puts Illinois on a higher level than 8 of their conference mates so far. Borderline Top 25 works for Illinois until the Ohio State game; that's when their conference season really kicks off.

NR/25. Michigan State

Sure, the Spartans slaughtered Central Michigan. I still don't trust that rushing attack after how well Notre Dame shut it down, and I won't trust it until MSU runs on a real defense. Sayyy, Michigan State goes to Ohio State this week! Show me something good, Sparty, and I'll be happy to return MSU to my Top 25 at once.

Also receiving votes: Michigan State (51 AP votes), Ohio State (15 AP votes, 61 coaches votes), Penn State (12 AP votes, 34 coaches votes), Northwestern (5 coaches votes) (what seriously oh god why)

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:15 am

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:24 pm

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

I might really have to state, you plucked ur phrases the right way. The data and details you gave are properly positioned.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:40 am

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

This is it Wisconsin!  I said "Nebraska is going to fail in the Big 10 and that the only reason they have any tradition is because they were playing against a terrible Big 8 and weak Big 12 north." Time to prove me right. By the way Big 10, Nebraska fans are haughty etc. you guys will find out so you have to stop them now or you'll regret it. Nice to see you leave NU, I'm so glad I don't have to hear their crap again. GO CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:16 am

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

I'm not a Badger fan. I just know how hard they are to beat at Camp Randall on a Saturday night. Nebraska will not have seen anything in the Big 12 like what they will encounter Saturday night. I maintain that Nebraska is a good team, but they are running up against what may be the best Wisconsin team of my lifetime, and I just don't see them having what it takes to hang with the Badgers. Nebraska is going to find out by the end of the season that they have stepped up in weight class from the Big 12, as the Big 10 has plenty of teams that play good defense with speed.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:10 am

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Northwestern will beat Illinois this weekend if Persa is at QB for NW

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:28 am

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

I swear, Badger fans are so delusional when it comes to this game.  I don't know how you could come with such a ridiculous score.  I can understand having faith in your team but that is just idiotic.  You do realize you have played nobody and that is an understatment!  Both teams have offenses that can score.  So we all know both teams will score.  It will come down to whose defense will step up.  The Badgers have a good defense but I think they will have problems with our speed.  The Husker defense has not played well at all up to this point.  However,  I think they match up well with the Badger offense.  Rest assured those Badger recievers will be as open as they have been this year.  If the Badgers are going to be us it will be on the ground.  If we can slow the running game enough we will pull out a tight one.  I see this game being like the Husker/Oklahoma St game.  Nobody gave us a shot there and nobody thought Tmart could pass for over 300 yds.  We did both.  I can't wait for Saturday!!! GBR

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:51 pm

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Fellow Buckeye fans, it pains me to say this, but the only Big 10 team this season that could win a national title is Wisconsin. They have what it takes. They can run on anyone, and they have a QB who is as good as any in college football, with a stud receiver in Toon to throw to. The only question is will they pull the typical Wisconsin choke-job that will knock them out of contention? Of course I'm going to be rooting for the Buckeyes when Wisconsin comes to Columbus next month, but I think this is that one year window that Wisconsin has where Ohio State is in a once every 7 year re-build where Wisconsin can win the thing outright. If Wisconsin runs the table, it will be interesting to see how they could be left out of the title game if Oklahoma runs the table, and an SEC team does too. That just might be the last nail in the coffin of the BCS (BS) system if that were to happen, because then it would truly come down to where a bunch of sportwriters had them at the beginning of the season. Same thing for Boise State, although I still maintain they would have 2-3 losses in a Big 10 or SEC.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:40 pm

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Nebraska's initiation to the Big 10 will feel a lot like a good ole fashioned hazing. Wisconsin 31-13.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:07 pm

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Don't count Nebraska out of it. Yes, the Badgers have looked much better so far and the Huskers have looked like a 15th ranked team at best so far. The Huskers will have all three of their All-Americans defenders active for the first time this year though and the O-line is rapidly improving. GBR!!! Big 10 at last! NU 37 - WI -31...if NU plays as well as possible. 

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:40 pm

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 4

Wisconsin 34 Nebraska 13

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