Post Spring Big Ten Power Rankings

Post Spring Big Ten Power Rankings

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

As spring practice wraps up around the Big Ten we wanted to talk a look, albeit a blurry one, at how the teams in the conference stand today. Spring is a tricky time to rank teams since graduated seniors and players leaving early are not practicing and most incoming freshmen have not arrived on campus yet. Here is how we see the Big Ten heading into the summer portion of the off-season.

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There is a Surprise at the Top of Our Post Spring Practice Big Ten Power Rankings

There is a Surprise at the Top of Our Post Spring Practice Big Ten Power Rankings

Written By Dustin Shutte (@SchutteCFB)

The spring football season has come to a close in the Big Ten, leaving us with just one thing until the start of the 2018 campaign: one painfully long offseason.

With the conference's spring games in the books, let's take a look at the Big Ten power rankings as we head into the dreadful four-month waiting period to see how each team stacks up. But before you digest it all, a quick tip: I don't put much stock into the spring season, nor what is season during a spring game.

So before you work yourself into a tizzy (young people still say that, right?), keep in mind that I'm not overly concerned with a player's spring performance, a unit's dominance in a glorified scrimmage or the look of a team's starters vs. second- and third-team players.

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Big Ten Football Power Rankings Heading into Spring Practice

Big Ten Football Power Rankings Heading into Spring Practice

Written By Sam McIntyre

Even though the college football season doesn’t kick off until August, it’s never too early to start making predictions about how the teams are going to perform in 2018. The Buckeyes are the team jumping out as the frontrunners but it’s shaping up to be extremely competitive with the depth of quality running all the way through the competition.

Big Ten is making a strong case for the number one conference in the nation, with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State all being selected in the ‘way to early Top 25’, suggesting that there is a host of teams that are going to impress next term. Although squads are always subject to change, let’s take a look at some early power rankings and see how teams are shaping up so far for next season.

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Big Ten East Power Rankings Week 11

Big Ten East Power Rankings Week 11

Big Ten East Power Rankings: Michigan State Drops Heartbreaker But Still Controls Own Destiny

Big Ten East division power rankings following Week 10:

(1) Ohio State Buckeyes (1); Record: 9-0 (5-0)

Last Week: Won vs. Minnesota 28-14

QB Cardale Jones—187 passing yards, TD, 65 rushing yards, TD—played good enough to beat Minnesota, but not good enough (12 of 22) to create a QB controversy, as J.T. Barrett returns this week. The defense set the tone with an early pick-six by S Vonn Bell, but it was surprising to see them allow 281 yards through the air to the punchless Golden Gophers. That was Ohio State’s 29th-straight conference win, which ties the FBS record.

Coming Up: 11/14: @ Illinois; 11/21: vs. Michigan State

 

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Week Four Big Ten East Power Rankings

Week Four Big Ten East Power Rankings

Big Ten East division power rankings following Week 4:

(1) Michigan State Spartans; Record (1): 4-0 (0-0)

Last Week: Won vs. Central Michigan 30-10

They were out-gained by 15 yards the score was 17-10 in the fourth quarter, so I was tempted to knock the Spartans down a peg. It’s a tossup between MSU and OSU at this point. DE Shilique Calhoun came through with 2.5 sacks and a blocked FG (one of two MSU had). More concerning is the (“not season ending”) injury to LT Jack Conklin.

Coming Up: 10/3: vs. Purdue; 10/10: @ Rutgers

(2) Ohio State Buckeyes (2); Record: 4-0 (0-0)

Last Week: Won vs. Western Michigan 38-12

So, QB Cardale Jones is the man (J.T. Barrett was 1 of 3 off the bench) and he used his cannon arm to wrack up 288 passing yards. Eight different Buckeyes had a catch of at least 15 yards, including RB Curtis Samuel, who had a 40-yard catch and a 40-yard run.

Coming Up: 10/3: @ Indiana; 10/10: vs. Maryland

 

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