We're four weeks into the Big Ten slate already (even though only four teams have actually played four Big Ten games—the rest have taken byes), and we're starting to get a clearer picture of the pecking order in the conference.
So, let's update the power rankings for Week 9.
Picking a No. 1 for this week was deceptively difficult.
You could certainly say something like, "anyone who just needed a miracle to beat Purdue at home can't be No. 1." Or you could say something like "anyone who got whipped by the Ohio Bobcats can't be No. 1." Or you could say something like "anyone whose best player throws four interceptions in a row can't be No. 1."
Or you could say "anyone who's given up over 350 yards rushing twice already this year can't be No. 1." Or you could say something like "anyone who needed Utah State to miss a field goal to win at home can't be No. 1."
All of those points would make sense on their own. It's just that as long as you believe all of them, you're left with picking either 6-2 (2-2) Northwestern or a three-plus loss team to be the top squad in the Big Ten, and, well, good luck with that.
So, this power ranking is all about accepting (if not exactly embracing) each team's flaws. Click ahead to see where your favorite team ends up and if it makes the top spot! Also, spoiler alert Illinois...today is not your day.