The Big Ten in the latest polls
September, 29, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
As most of the Big Ten watched Week 5 from the couch -- six teams had open weeks -- there wasn't too much movement in the polls.
Two of the Big Ten's ranked teams squared off in Columbus, and Ohio State prevailed by a touchdown, holding steady at No. 4 and No. 3, respectively, in the AP and coaches' polls.
Wisconsin paid a price for its second setback of the young season, falling out of both polls. We happen to think the Badgers are better than several ranked one-loss teams out there, but the voters look for reasons to drop teams, and Wisconsin's losses provide an out.
Northwestern moves up a spot in both polls, rising to No. 16 in the AP and No. 15 in the coaches', heading into this week's home showdown against Ohio State. Michigan moves up in the coaches' but drops in the AP, thanks to Florida's improved play, while Nebraska returns to the coaches' poll at No. 25.
Iowa's four-game win streak has earned the Hawkeyes a vote in the coaches' poll, while the voters aren't quite as sold on Illinois' surprising start.
Future Big Ten member Maryland cracks the AP Poll at No. 25, while Rutgers is receiving votes in both polls.
Here's how the league stacks up in both major polls:
No. 4 Ohio State
No. 16 Northwestern
No. 19 Michigan
Receiving votes: Wisconsin (28th), Nebraska (29th), Michigan State (33rd)
No. 3 Ohio State
No. 15 Northwestern
No. 17 Michigan
No. 25 Nebraska
Receiving votes: Wisconsin (28th), Michigan State (33rd), Iowa (T-36th)
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