Power Ranking The Big Ten (+ Nebraska!): Week 2

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Power Ranking The Big Ten (+ Nebraska!): Week 2
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Welcome to the second edition of the Big Ten (+ Nebraska) Power Rankings.

The second week promised some memorable games, including marquee OOC matchups and a few heated rivalry games that could have cemented the participating teams' place in the pecking order or could have left disappointed fans looking to the future.

Before we begin, here's a little reminder on how these rankings were chosen.  By and large, I rank the teams based on how the team in question played the previous week and how good the opponent is/was perceived to be.  Was there a complete team effort for a full 60 minutes?  Did they look good in a loss (or bad in a win)?  Was it a road game?  Was the opponent a layup?  These are the most important factors.  Preseason expectations are thrown out the window for the most part; I'm not interested in rewarding a team for playing a poor opponent.  What this means, of course, is that the rankings for the first few weeks won't correlate with the expectations of the teams (something that was a point of contention in the comments section of the first edition).  Minor things such as suspensions or injuries may also be factored into rankings but their overall impact will probably be minimal.  Unfortunately, this method of ranking is not an exact science, since I'm unable to watch all 12 teams play in any given week, but hopefully that's not too apparently reflected in the rankings (hah).

Week 2 went by mostly without a hitch; all twelve teams now have a win under their belt, eight teams still stand undefeated, and some teams already look primed to contend this season.  One major hiccup virtually guaranteed a major shakeup in the rankings.

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