Returning from a one-week hiatus (nobody told me that keeping score in the OSU-Indiana game would take all week), the B1G Power Rankings are back after two fairly interesting weekends of Big Ten football.
With these additional results on the books, the list of undefeated teams has been trimmed once more thanks to Northwestern not finishing the job in State College. But Northwestern still remains the only team with one loss, as every other team outside Columbus now has two or more defeats. Speaking of the Buckeyes, Ohio State remains the last undefeated hope, although many questions remain following two weak defensive showings against Nebraska and Indiana.
Big Ten conference play has brought out the best of the traditional powers that may run the league if the recruiting rankings continue to pan out like 2012. Michigan and Ohio State have now each knocked off one of the top contenders from the opposite division (Purdue and Nebraska, respectively). That could set up a huge game in the annual rivalry at the end of the season.
However, that game is still five weeks away, so there is plenty to look forward to before that game. Thankfully, the schedule is much improved from last weekend, when we were treated to a "headliner" of Purdue and Wisconsin duking it out for third place and the lead in the clubhouse for the Leaders Division "championship." This weekend will provide some separation in the wide-open Legends Division race, with four of the top five competitors playing each other and Iowa playing the hottest team in the league at home (Penn State).
Before enjoying this week's slate of games, let's take a look at how the teams rank at about the halfway point in the season. Conway Twitty brings a bit of country soul to the themes this week: Thanks to "Buckeye Guy" for the suggestion.