Bob Asmussen's Big Ten Power Poll: Oct. 8, 2018

Bob Asmussen's Big Ten Power Poll: Oct. 8, 2018


1. Ohio State (1)

If the season ended today — don't worry, it doesn't — the Buckeyes would be part of the College Football Playoff. Likely the No. 3 seed.

2. Wisconsin (4)

It dawned on me that my conference standings should coincide with teams in my AP Top 25. So, the Badgers (above) are promoted after a dominating win.

3. Penn State (2)

Losing to Ohio State makes the Nittany Lions a long shot to get in the Big Ten title game. But stranger things have happened.

4. Michigan (3)

Every time Notre Dame drills another opponent, it makes Michigan's lone loss less offensive. Tough one this week against the Badgers.

5. Iowa (6)

Not sure if there is a better trophy in sports than Floyd of Rosedale. OK, the Stanley Cup and Heisman Trophy are pretty cool, too.

6. Northwestern (9)

Fall asleep on Pat Fitzgerald's team at your own risk. Banged up Michigan State found out the Wildcats can still play.

7. Purdue (8)

To-do list for the Boilermakers during their open week: catch up on homework, watch college football, practice "Boiler Up" chant.

8. Michigan State (5)

Apparently, the earlier loss at Arizona State was more of a warning signal than the rest of realized. This is not another 10-win team.

9. Illinois (11)

Congrats to Lovie Smith's guys for picking up their first Big Ten win in two years. That it was on the road is that much better.

10. Maryland (7)

The Terrapins need just two more wins to become bowl eligible. This Saturday's game against Rutgers will move them a game closer.

11. Minnesota (13)

Even with ex-coach Glen Mason calling the game for BTN, the Gophers couldn't hang with the Hawkeyes. Uh-oh, they play at Ohio State this week.

12. Indiana (10)

Tom Allen's guys have a chance to reach the postseason. A home win against Iowa this weekend would go a long way. But it is not a must.

13. Nebraska (12)

Nobody in Lincoln is happy with an 0-5 start. But the school has found a keeper in QB Adrian Martinez, who threw for 384 yards at Wisconsin.

14. Rutgers (14)

Hard to see this getting much better for Chris Ash after Illinois dominated his Scarlet Knights. Finishing 1-11 seems likely.