- Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the AP top 25.
- Ohio State leads the way at No. 3.
The Big 10 is one of the better college football conferences in the nation, with a few teams at the top of college football championship odds list.
How many teams do they have in the AP top 25 poll? Here’s a look going into Week 5.
3. Ohio State – 4-0 (Last Week – #3)
The Wisconsin Badgers have a good defense, but they never really had a chance last weekend. The Ohio State Buckeyes scored 52 points and 539 yards as they rolled past the Badgers, 52-21.
C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes and added six yards per carry, while the defense held Wisconsin to only 104 yards through the air. This game was over quickly as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
They are nearly 40-point favorites this week as they host Rutgers.
4. Michigan – 4-0 (Last Week – #4)
Michigan beat three vastly inferior opponents to move to 3-0, and there was a lot of curiosity around how they would look against a decent team. The answer was inconclusive, but the result was a 34-27 victory for the Wolverines over the Maryland Terrapins.
The positives for Michigan were the running game (Blake Corum went wild with 243 yards and two scores) and the defense forced three turnovers. The negatives would be an inability to generate explosive plays in the passing game and not being able to pull away from the Terrapins.
This Saturday, Michigan heads to Iowa to play a Hawkeyes squad with a history of winning big games at home.
11. Penn State – 4-0 (Last Week – #12)
Penn State continues to assert itself as a threat in the Big Ten East.
They might not have enough to take down Ohio State, but that game will be in State College (October 29), and you know the atmosphere will be crazy. The Nittany Lions beat Central Michigan 33-14, and while it was an uninspiring performance, it was more than good enough.
The running game continues to be a strength, but there are legitimate questions about the receiving corps and the continued lack of explosion in the passing game.
They now play a terrible Northwestern squad before a massive game at Michigan.
21. Minnesota – 4-0 (Last Week – Unranked)
The Golden Gophers make their first appearance in the top 25 after a dominating performance in East Lansing.
Minnesota went to Michigan State and controlled the Spartans from the get-go, winning 34-7 and outgaining MSU 508-240. This win marks them as the team to beat in the West, and they should be a legitimate threat to win double-digit games and make a New Year’s Six Bowl.
Tanner Morgan was 23 of 26 for 268 yards and three scores, and Mo Ibrahim led the way on the ground.
Minnesota returns home to host the Purdue Boilermakers this Saturday. Back-to-back road trips to Illinois and Penn State follow that home game.
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