Big Ten Conference Power Rankings: Week 2

Ohio State is No. 1 in this week's conference rankings

Tim Grattan
September 10, 2018 - 8:28 pm

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- With two weeks of college football in the books, it’s time to start power ranking the teams in the Big Ten Conference.

There are still some question marks for teams in the conference, while some who are better above the rest.

Let’s go ahead and see who is the best and worst team in the Big Ten Conference ...

  1. Ohio State (2-0, 1-0) -- The Buckeyes had 579 total yards on offense against the Rutgers to earn their 900th win in the history of the program. Ohio State plays its toughest opponent of the season against TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
  2. Wisconsin (2-0) -- Jonathan Taylor rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns on 33 attempts in the Badgers’ 45-14 win over New Mexico. Wisconsin welcomes BYU to Madison for its third non-conference game.
  3. Penn State (2-0) -- The Nittany Lions rolled state-rival Pitt in rainy Heinz Field, 51-6. Penn State answered critics after sleepwalking in Week One against Appalachian State.
  4. Iowa (2-0) -- An ugly win against rival Iowa State looks better on a resume than blowing out an FCS team. The Hawkeyes retained the Cy-Hawk and held the Cyclones to 188 yards rushing.
  5. Michigan (1-1) -- Quarterback Shea Patterson threw for three touchdowns against Western Michigan in his debut in the Big House.   
  6. Michigan State (1-1) -- The Spartans were held to 63 yards rushing in the desert on Saturday night. Plus, the defense gave up 13 points in the fourth quarter.
  7. Maryland (2-0) -- OK, cool … you won on the road against Bowling Green and rushed for 444 yards.
  8. Minnesota (2-0) -- Antoine Winfield Jr., the son of former Ohio State All-American Antoine Winfield, had the game-saving interception against Fresno State.
  9. Indiana (2-0) -- Freshman running back Stevie Scott had 204 yards as the Hoosiers defeated Virginia at home.
  10. Nebraska (0-1) -- Scott Frost’s coaching debut didn’t go well against rival Colorado. Talented quarterback Adrian Martinez left the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury.
  11. Northwestern (1-1, 1-0) -- The Wildcats fell to Duke for the second straight season.
  12. Illinois (2-0) -- Lovie Smith, who has a beard like Santa Claus, have defeated Kent State and Western Illinois to start the young season. Illinois plays South Florida at Soldier Field on Saturday.
  13. Rutgers (1-1) -- Is that New York City money for the Big Ten Network really worth getting crushed by Ohio State? For the Scarlet Knights, I guess they’ll take the cash and run.
  14. Purdue (0-2, 0-1) -- Losing to Eastern Michigan and Northwestern by a combined seven points isn’t the best way to start the season. The Boilermakers welcome Missouri to town and that game could get ugly.