Each week, the staff at Buckeye Wire submit their picks from one to fourteen in the conference. We tally them up and give you a weekly snapshot of what we feel the pecking order is collectively. Here’s where things stand after some real, live games to draw conclusions from.
Well what do we have here? We have actual games to go by as a measuring stick for these rankings — finally. The problem is that every team aside from Michigan (ah-hem) won, so it gives us little reason to change these rankings much.
14. Illinois (last week – 14)
The Illini won, but it wasn’t pretty against a less-than-stellar Kent State team. There’s still a lot more we have to see before we believe this thing has turned around in Champaign, but congrats on turning things around in the second- half.
13. Rutgers (last week -13)
To be fair, Rutgers might be better than this, but playing Texas State is a lot easier than going into Columbus and holding their own. We’ll know more after this week.
12. Indiana (last week – 11)
Unlike the rest of the league, the Hoosiers actually went on the road in the non-conference and won a game. But pump the brakes because it was on FIU’s campus. We still need to see consistency.
11. Minnesota (last week – 12)
The Gophers slide by one spot has more to do with what Maryland did than what they did not do. The competition level goes up a bit this week with a game against Fresno State, but we still have a few weeks to go before we really know how far the boat can be rowed.