I don't like polls. Not in Week four. Not ever. I don't even like the use of the polls in the BCS formula. And I'm not in a position to rely on them too much given that my team is ranked but has played in several close games.
But I do know that college coaches are just as good of a bellwether for determining success as the next guy, and those coaches currently have four Big Ten teams ranked in the top 20 teams nationally.
The BCS Conference breakdown is as follows:
Big Ten: Four
Big Twelve: Four
Big East: One
Let me be clear. I'm not saying the Big Ten is the best conference. I'm not saying the best team in the [insert your favorite conference] can't beat the best Big Ten team (see: USC v. Ohio State).
My only point is that the coaches have taken notice that the Big Ten isn't, as of today, as bad as people think. These numbers will definitely change as the season goes on. But don't bash the Big Ten just yet.