What a wild, crazy, and downright ugly (at times) week it was in the Big Ten. We had a few amazing finishes, two of which affected the race for the Big Ten title in a major way and both involved the Wisconsin Badgers and some brutal offensive basketball. Then there was the "classic" contest between Indiana and Michigan State that remains a bone of contention for some MSU fans who seem to think they were jobbed out of the game by homer refs and Keith Appling's early exit with fouls.
All of that aside things are shaping up to be really interesting down the stretch and after last week's results things are really getting interesting in our poll too.
Don't forget to visit our panelists sites for the best coverage of their teams anywhere on the net!! So, who makes up our panel?
Andy Coppens - The B1G Time/ MadTown Badgers (Wisconsin) (@andycoppens)
Will Nahikian - The B1G Time MSU contributor (@TheB1GTimeMSU)
Robert - A Lion Eye (Illinois) (@ALionEye)
Ross WB - Black Heart Gold Pants (Iowa) (@BHGP & @RossWB)
Brad Muckenthaler - Maize N Blue Nation (Michigan) (@MaizeBlueNation)
Ace Anbender - MGoBlog (Michigan) (@aceanbender)
Tom - The Daily Gopher (Minnesota) (@TheDailyGopher)
David McGee - CornNation (Nebraska) – (@CornNation)
Joe Dexter - The Buckeye Battle Cry (Ohio State) – (@joedexter)
So, did the nations No. 1 team – Michigan – stay No. 1 in our poll or were the voters swayed enough by Indiana's win over MSU this weekend to make them the new No. 1? Let's find out!!
|Place||School (1st place votes)||Points||Last Week||Point Change|
Notes from the Poll:
- Clearly a four game losing streak is taking it's toll on the Gophers, who dropped the most of any team in terms of points (-17) and positions (2).
- Michigan may have a clear advantage in the national polls, but here they actually dropped a 1st place vote from last week, so perhaps that win by Indiana over MSU was powerful enough to sway a vote their way, huh?
- Purdue is starting to gain a lot more attention and love from the pollsters this week, jumping 11 points (the highest along with OSU) and amazingly sits in the top half of the conference standings as well.
- Nebraska won it's 2nd conference game this week and gained 4 points in the poll as a result, could they make a move outside of the bottom two by season's end?
- For the 2nd straight week the Nittany Lions received every single last place vote and I doubt that's changing anytime soon.