I work at SiriusXM College Sports Nation, which is a satellite radio station solely dedicated to college sports. I don't know if y'all heard but there was a pretty big (also, B1G) football match on Monday night. As one might expect, our little channel team was busy, too busy for me to write the usual long, elegant prose that accompany my power rankings, but I didn't want to fully deprive you. So here they are, short and sweet:
1. Maryland (!): Yay!
2. Wisconsin: Probably still the best team, but again, and I can't stress this enough, don't lose to Rutgers.
3. Michigan State: We all counted out Tom Izzo way too soon.
4. Indiana: Got drubbed at Michigan State, beat Ohio State at home. Who knows with this team?
5. Ohio State: D'Angelo Russell is very good.
6. Iowa: Could beat or lose to any team in the conference. That can be said about every other team, but Iowa has it down to an art.
7. Michigan: Don't look now, but the Wolverines might not be horrible. Definitely not good. But not horrible.
8. Illinois: They got a marquee win by beating Maryland (I kind of love and hate typing that) after losing Rayvonte Rice, but it remains to be seen if it was just an emotion-fueled victory or a sign of progress. Losing to Nebraska later in the week probably means it's the former.
9. Purdue: Isaac Haas and AJ Hammonds managed almost nothing offensively against Jon Graham, Michal Cekovksy and Evan Smotrycz. That needs to not happen if they want to finish in the top half of the conference.
10. Minnesota: Definitely the best winless conference team in America. I have no data to back this up, but it feels right.
11. Nebraska: Tim Miles seems nice.
12. Northwestern: Probably should have beaten Michigan State, but they didn't.
13. Rutgers: Biggest win in school history! 2-2 in the conference!
14. Penn State: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Remember when they were in "Other's Receiving Votes" and appearing in Bracketology projections?