The Big Ten’s five ranked teams are an example of how different paths can lead to respect in the college football world.
The USA Today coaches poll for Week 12 includes Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, and Northwestern, and all of those teams’ seasons are wildly different.
Wisconsin moved all the way up to #5 on the back of scoring 83 points against Indiana on Saturday. The Buckeyes moved up to #7 after scoring 35 points in the final 20 minutes to beat Penn State.
Michigan State comes in at #11, while Iowa dropped to #20.
Northwestern entered the Top-25 on the back of a 21-17 upset-win over Iowa.
Full Big Ten rankings are as follows:
- No. 5 Wisconsin
- No. 7 Ohio State
- No. 11 Michigan State
- No. 20 Iowa
- No. 25 Northwestern