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