One week’s down! They haven’t shut it all down...yet. Let’s get to the rankings.
Last week: 52-17 win vs. Nebraska
Up next: Away vs. Penn State (OSU -12)
SP+ Ranking: 1
Previous CQ Ranking: 1
Unless you’re Twitter user @Huskers4Lyfe, you probably weren’t expecting — or even considering — an upset in Columbus this past weekend. The Buckeyes showed that they were the clearly superior team in this matchup, something they should be expected to do plenty of times as the season progresses.
2. Michigan Wolverines (1-0)
Last week: 49-24 win at Minnesota
Up Next: Home vs. Michigan State (UM -24.5)
SP+ Ranking: 9
Previous CQ Ranking: 5
I didn’t expect Michigan to win at Minnesota. I ~really~ didn’t expect Michigan to suplex the Gophers through the announcer’s table a la Perc Angle. Joe Milton had a good day and Michigan had some big plays on the ground. Should be looking at 2-0 now with Michigan State coming to town this weekend.
3. Wisconsin Badgers (1-0)
Last week: 45-7 win vs. Illinois
Up next: Away vs. Nebraska (WIS -3)
SP+ Ranking: 4
Previous CQ Ranking: 4
Illinois wasn’t much of a challenge, clearly. If these were normal times, I’d say that I don’t expect Nebraska to be much of a challenge either. But these aren’t normal times, and now we’re questioning whether the two teams will even play this weekend due to a potential coronavirus outbreak among the Badgers. Even worse for Wisconsin — one player who we know has the virus for sure is quarterback Graham Mertz, the guy who tied the school record for passing touchdowns with five against Illinois. He’ll have to sit out for an extended period of time, at least 21 days, before returning to action.
So Week 1 was kind to Wisconsin. The rest of the season may be a completely different story.
4. Indiana Hoosiers (1-0)
Last week: WOOHOO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Up next: Away vs. buttger (IU -12)
SP+ Ranking: 25
Previous CQ Ranking: 6
IF THE ZOO BANS ME FOR HOLLERING AT THE ANIMALS I WILL FACE GOD AND WALK BACKWARDS INTO HELL— wint (@dril) May 22, 2012
5. Penn State Nittany Lions (0-1)
Last week: 36-35 loss at Indiana
Up next: Home vs. Ohio State
SP+ Ranking: 8
Previous CQ Ranking: 2
Penn State played pretty well except for the fact that THEY LOST!!! 99.9 percent win probability and you lose??? In this economy??? (i do sincerely believe that they nittany lions will be fine — good, even — after they get through this weekend)
6. Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-1)
Last week: 49-24 loss vs. Michigan
Up next: Away vs. Maryland (MINN -20)
SP+ Ranking: 33
Previous CQ Ranking: 3
Mohamed Ibrahim can really run the ball. Everything else? Well...let’s wait and see.
7. Purdue Boilermakers (1-0)
Last week: 24-20 win vs. Iowa
Up next: Away vs. Illinois (PU -7)
SP+ Ranking: 36
Previous CQ Ranking: 8
Last week: 43-3 win vs. Maryland
Up next: Away vs. Iowa
SP+ Ranking: 30
Previous CQ Ranking: 11
The curse of Mick McCall has been broken! The Wildcats have relearned how to score points! Maryland may just be troublingly bad, but for now let’s be excited for Peyton Ramsey, who went 23-for-30 for 212 yards and a tuddy in the air, while running for another.
9. Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1)
Last week: 24-20 loss at Purdue
Up next: Home vs. Northwestern (IA -2.5)
SP+ Ranking: 32
Previous CQ Ranking: 7
Only scoring touchdowns in the second quarter was a bold strategy, and it absolutely didn’t work out for Iowa last week. If they want to stay alive in the race for the division title they’ll need to rebound against Northwestern.
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1)
Last week: 52-17 loss at Ohio State
Up next: Home vs. Wisconsin
SP+ Ranking: 42
Previous CQ Ranking: 9
For years, the #Huskers had a close friend in Oklahoma. That rivalry was based on respect, tradition, iconic games and memories.— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) October 21, 2020
Could Nebraska-Ohio State grow along those same lines? Maybe, writes @tomshatelOWH: https://t.co/1FCkbo91Z3
11. Illinois Fighting Illini (0-1)
Last week: 45-7 loss at Wisconsin
Up next: Home vs. Purdue
SP+ Ranking: 75
Previous CQ Ranking: 12
Is it good when your quarterback’s rushing yards are in the same ballpark as his passing yards? And both are under 100? And he didn’t score a touchdown?
12. Maryland Terrapins (0-1)
Last week: 43-3 loss at Northwestern
Up next: Home vs. Minnesota
SP+ Ranking: 99
Previous CQ Ranking: 13
Taulia Tagovailoa: Yikes!
14. Michigan State Spartans (0-1)
Last week: 38-27 loss vs. rutger
Up next: Away vs. Michigan
SP+ Ranking: 60
Previous CQ Ranking: 10
Burn the stadium for insurance money and disband the program.