Welcome to the fourth edition of the Big Ten (+ Nebraska) Power Rankings.
A quiet week matchup-wise in the Big Ten likely meant very little movement in the polls, but it was really more for the schools themselves to help tune up before conference play begins next week.
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. What this means, of course, is that the rankings for the first few weeks won't correlate with the expectations of the teams. 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 4 answered very few questions about the teams, but nonetheless there were some interesting results that resulted in subtle movement up and down the rankings.