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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Big Ten in the latest polls

By Brian Bennett

There wasn't much movement in the rankings after a mostly uneventful week in college football. In fact, the top 14 teams in The Associated Press poll maintained their same position from a week ago.

One team that was on the move, however, was Michigan. And not in a good way. The Wolverines -- who had to rally from two touchdowns behind to beat UConn on Saturday, a week after struggling to put away Akron -- fell three spots in both the AP poll and USA Today coaches' poll. Hardly fatal, but Michigan isn't garnering nearly as much respect as it did a couple of weeks ago. Northwestern, at No. 17, is now the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin moved up two spots in the coaches' poll and one in the AP. The Badgers remain ranked while Arizona State, which beat* Wisconsin, is not. Ohio State continues to win and not make up any ground, as the Buckeyes stay at No. 4 in the AP and No. 3 in the more important (for BCS purposes) coaches' poll  after their 76-0 thrashing of Florida A&M. Still, Urban Meyer's team is in good shape if it can stay undefeated and those ahead of it falter.

Nebraska and Michigan State are on the outer edge of the rankings, while 4-0 Minnesota picks up a vote in the coaches' poll.

Here's how the league stacks up in both major polls:


4. Ohio State
17. Northwestern
18. Michigan
23. Wisconsin

Receiving votes: Nebraska (30th), Michigan State (34th)


3. Ohio State
16. Northwestern
17. Michigan
24. Wisconsin

Receiving votes:  Nebraska (28th), Michigan State (33), Minnesota (T-38th)