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ESPN Releases Its Week 5 Big Ten Power Rankings

Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day during the game vs. Cincinnati.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

College football's week four helped sort out some of the true contenders from the pretenders. Specifically in the Big Ten, a marquee matchup (Michigan-Wisconsin) turned into a blowout. In the process, it seemed clear that the Wolverines were a bit overhyped.

With Week Four in the books, ESPN has revealed its Big Ten power rankings. And despite Michigan's three-touchdown loss to the Badgers, the Wolverines didn't see too much movement.

Here are ESPN's Big Ten power rankings for week five:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Penn State
  4. Iowa
  5. Michigan State
  6. Michigan
  7. Maryland
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nebraska
  10. Northwestern
  11. Purdue
  12. Indiana
  13. Illinois
  14. Rutgers

The Wolverines dropped just one spot, going from No. 5 to No. 6, after their blowout loss to Wisconsin. It's clear the Big Ten is lacking depth in regards to top-to-bottom conference strength.

But one thing's clear — the Buckeyes and the Badgers are the top conference championship contenders. Ohio State is currently ranked fifth while Wisconsin is eighth in the AP poll. The two teams meet in Columbus on Oct. 26.

While Penn State and Iowa certainly pose a challenge, it's clear OSU and Wisconsin are the league's top two teams.

The Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes still have a chance to make a statement though. PSU plays Ohio State and Iowa faces Wisconsin with both games coming in November.

You can find the rest of ESPN's conference power rankings here.