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Big Ten Network ranks Michigan No. 4 in B1G Power Rankings after Week 1

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Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa ranked higher than Michigan in the Big Ten Power Rankings.

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Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart has Michigan ranked No. 4 in his weekly Big Ten Power Rankings.

“So, Wilton Speight is the anointed one,” Dienhart said. “He looked good in his first career start, as the Wolverines notched 63 points. Could this be the first of seven wins to start the season?”

Michigan was No. 3 to start the season. After winning by 60 points, the Wolverines have dropped in the Power Rankings. Meanwhile, Wisconsin started the season at No. 8 and jumped to No. 2 after a huge win over No. 5 LSU.

Ohio State put up 77 points and a school-record 776 yards of total offense in the season opener against Bowling Green. The Buckeyes retained their No. 1 rank.

Iowa beat out Michigan for the No. 3 spot in the rankings after a 45-21 victory over Miami (OH).

The Hawkeyes ended last season on a two-game skid, losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and dropping the Rose Bowl to Stanford,” Dienhart said. “That’s over. Iowa already is in its punch-you-in-the-nose midseason form.”

Michigan State is the fifth-ranked team on the list.

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Week 1 Big Ten Power Rankings:

No. 1 Ohio State
No. 2 Wisconsin
No. 3 Iowa
No. 4 Michigan
No. 5 Michigan State
No. 6 Minnesota
No. 7 Nebraska
No. 8 Penn State
No. 9 Indiana
No. 10 Northwestern
No. 11 Rutgers
No. 12 Illinois
No. 13 Maryland
No. 14 Purdue