Skip to main content

Ohio State Is No Longer No. 1 In ESPN's Big Ten Power Rankings

Michigan players run out under the GO Blue banner.


Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in the Coaches Poll and will presumably hold the top spot in the AP Poll when it is released later today. 

But the Buckeyes aren't the top team in the Big Ten right now, at least according to ESPN's conference power rankings. When the new poll was released today, OSU's arch-rival Michigan held down the top spot. 

Here's the explanation from ESPN's Brian Bennett. 

It's unusual that a team with one loss is ahead of three undefeated squads, including the defending national champion. But these rankings are about what's happening right now, and at the moment, no one in the Big Ten is playing better than the Wolverines. They are the first FBS team in 20 years to register three straight shutouts. Since a seven-point road loss at Utah to open the year, Michigan has outscored its opponents 160-14. I, for one, welcome our new Harbaugh overlords.

Well, this is certainly going to stir up some debate. And it will undoubtedly add more fuel to the fire for the Wolverines' match-up with Michigan State this week.

For Bennett's full 1-to-14 listing of the Big Ten, click here.