Pollin' It: The Big Ten should change its name to "Ohio State and the Pips"

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The marginalization of Big Ten football continues as week ten sets up to cost the conference one more top-10 team after next week's Michigan-Michigan State matchup.

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
8-0 1542 56 1 1/1
2 Oregon
Ducks
8-0 1483 6 2 3/2
3 Florida State
Seminoles
7-0 1419 0 3 12/3
4 Ohio State
Buckeyes
8-0 1375 0 4 4/2
5 Baylor
Bears
7-0 1293 0 5 22/5
6 Miami
Hurricanes
7-0 1190 0 6 24/6
7 Stanford
Cardinal
7-1 1182 0 8 1 13/4
8 Clemson
Tigers
7-1 1064 0 10 2 10/4
9 Oklahoma
Sooners
7-1 933 0 12 3 18/9
10 Missouri
Tigers
7-1 834 0 7 3 14/7
11 Auburn
Tigers
7-1 804 0 17 6 17/11
12 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
6-1 803 0 13 1 20/11
13 LSU
Tigers
7-2 802 0 13 13/6
14 Texas A&M
Aggies
6-2 758 0 15 1 15/6
15 Texas Tech
Red Raiders
7-1 673 0 9 6 25/9
16 South Carolina
Gamecocks
6-2 627 0 20 4 20/6
17 Louisville
Cardinals
7-1 579 0 16 1 17/6
18 Fresno State
Bulldogs
7-0 542 0 18 25/18
19 UCLA
Bruins
5-2 432 0 11 8 21/10
20 Northern Illinois
Huskies
8-0 373 0 22 2 23/20
21 Michigan
Wolverines
6-1 309 0 23 2 24/12
22 Central Florida
Knights
6-1 300 0 25 3 25/22
23 Wisconsin
Badgers
5-2 253 0 24 1 24/18
24 Michigan State
Spartans
7-1 237 0 NR 24/24
25 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
6-2 83 0 NR 25/11

The logjam at the top of the poll still stands, with Ohio State sitting in the middle of six undefeateds.  Good news for Ohio State is the continued success of Michigan State, which could be a big possible resume boost in the Big Ten title game, although as it stands, Ohio State probably only sees one more ranked opponent this year, as you figure the loser of next week's UM-MSU game drops from the polls and may not play enough of a tough schedule to jump back in.  BIG TEN.

The conference still only has four in the polls.  Ohio State leads the way, with Michigan, Wisconsin, and Michigan State in the 20-25 range.  The Big Ten is basically the Big East from a few years ago.

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 8-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (3) 8-0 1,432 2
3 Florida State (2) 7-0 1,390 3
4 Ohio State 8-0 1,317 4
5 Baylor 7-0 1,223 6
6 Stanford 7-1 1,189 8
7 Miami (FL) 7-0 1,149 7
8 Auburn 7-1 1,022 11
9 Clemson 7-1 1,007 9
10 Missouri 7-1 873 5
11 LSU 7-2 818 13
12 Texas A&M 6-2 811 14
13 Oklahoma 7-1 791 17
14 South Carolina 6-2 701 20
15 Texas Tech 7-1 579 10
16 Fresno State 7-0 510 15
17 UCLA 5-2 489 12
18 Oklahoma State 6-1 483 19
19 UCF 6-1 464 21
20 Louisville 7-1 417 18
21 Northern Illinois 8-0 290 23
22 Wisconsin 5-2 262 22
23 Michigan 6-1 199 24
24 Michigan State 7-1 166 NR
25 Arizona State 5-2 133 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 132, Georgia 24, Texas 22, Brigham Young 22, Mississippi 21, Virginia Tech 20, Oregon State 17, Florida 14, Washington 6, Minnesota 4, Ball State 4, Duke 2, Arizona 2

More Big Ten fail as Wisconsin, Michgian, and Michigan State stand back-to-back-to-back at 22-24.

We've spent years debating and tracking the downturn of the Big Ten as a football conference.  This has to be the nadir, or at least somewhere close.  There are nine one-loss teams and four two-loss teams ahead of the Big Ten's cluster of teams.  This isn't a matter of a few upper echelon Big Ten teams having down years,   This is Big Ten: Marginalized conference, and it is going to take a lot of success to change minds around the country.

It is kind of depressing to think about, but after a weekend in which Northwestern — a preseason Legends division favorite — dropped to 0-4 in the conference, Nebraska lost to Minnesota, and Penn State was completely outclassed by Ohio State, is it any wonder that the nation looks at the Big Ten like its name is "Ohio State and the Pips"

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