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Big Ten football rankings: Wolverines No. 1 in East

09/12/2017, 7:00am EDT
By By KYLE ROWLAND BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Ohio State tumbles after loss to Oklahoma

Big Ten Rankings: Wolverines No. 1 in East

Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight (3) throws a pass in the first quarter of a game against Cincinnati in Ann Arbor on Saturday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

East:

1. Michigan: The Wolverines weren’t impressive against Cincinnati, but they’re a notch in front of Penn State, in my opinion.

2. Penn State: Circle your calendar for Sept. 23, when the Nittany Lions play a night game at Iowa.

3. Ohio State: The Buckeyes were humbled by Oklahoma. Still, don’t be surprised if they’re 10-1 entering the Michigan game.

4. Maryland: D.J. Durkin’s stock is rising.

5. Michigan State: Like their neighbors to the south, Michigan State wasn’t impressive against Western Michigan, but a win is a win. The Spartans will take anything after last season’s debacle.

6. Indiana: The Hoosiers didn’t have a hangover after the tough loss to Ohio State, traveling to Virginia and winning easily against the Cavaliers.

7. Rutgers: One week after hanging tough with Washington, Rutgers showed its true colors by losing to Eastern Michigan.

West:

1. Wisconsin: The Badgers probably won’t leave this spot all season.

2. Iowa: On a wacky weekend in the West, Iowa emerged as Wisconsin’s top threat by beating rival Iowa State.

3. Minnesota: Oregon State isn’t good, but it was still impressive for Minnesota to travel out west and win 48-14.

4. Nebraska: The Oregon game was huge for Mike Riley, and it did not go well.

5. Northwestern: So much for challenging Wisconsin. Duke isn’t the Duke of old, but the Wildcats were embarrassed by the Blue Devils.

6. Purdue: It feels weird putting Purdue this low after the Boilermakers have looked so improved this season, but I don’t think I’d pick them to beat Northwestern.

7. Illinois: Scheduled to play South Florida this week, a game the Illini probably want cancelled.

Contact Kyle Rowland at krowland@theblade.com, 419-724-6110 or on Twitter @KyleRowland.

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