PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ohio State football remained No. 2 in the latest edition of the Land of 10 Power Poll.
The Buckeyes stayed behind Penn State and ahead of Michigan. Ohio State once again increased its margin over the Wolverines. The Buckeyes beat Rutgers 56-0, and the Wolverines had an open date. Wisconsin remained fourth after a narrow win against Northwestern. Iowa’s loss to Michigan State and Maryland’s win over Minnesota helped provide a big shakeup in the No. 5-11 spots.
Here is the full poll from the latest vote:
Week 5 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals
1. Penn State (13 first-place votes) … 169
2. Ohio State … 149
3. Michigan … 145
4. Wisconsin … 134
5. Maryland … 107
6. Michigan State … 101
7. Minnesota … 81
8. Iowa … 79
9. Indiana … 57
10. Purdue … 54
11. Northwestern … 50
12. Nebraska … 35
13. Illinois … 22
14. Rutgers … 0
How I voted
Penn State looked better against Indiana than that rough showing against Iowa, which was good enough reason for me to keep the Nittany Lions at No. 1. I finally bumped up Ohio State to No. 2 ahead of Michigan. I realize Ohio State played Rutgers and Michigan had the week off, but the Buckeyes always have had a higher ceiling than the Wolverines, and they’ve shown in the last two weeks that they’re closer to fulfilling their potential. The Buckeyes flat-out look like the second-best team in the Big Ten now, and they’ll have a chance later this month to prove they’re No. 1.
Wisconsin embarrassed itself against Northwestern, but nobody else belongs fourth. I gave Michigan State the edge over Maryland because beating Iowa is more impressive than beating Minnesota. For whatever reason, I appear to be more skeptical of the Gophers than my co-workers.
Even though I think Illinois actually may be worse than Rutgers, losing 56-0 at home is a good way to earn the No. 14 spot.
Here is my full ballot for the Week 5 poll:
1. Penn State
2. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
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