Big Ten Power Poll - Post Week 11

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Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.  It was a different route, but Ohio State did travel to (at least a share) its fifth consecutive Big Ten title.  The rest of the conference is relatively calm.  Iowa was a near unanimous pick at number two, Wisconsin and Penn State are locked in at the 3 and 4 spots, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Michigan State hold down the 5-7 posts.  There is some confusion as to what do do with the Illini, Boilers, and Hoosiers.  Their rankings were the least stable of the teams.  Again, Michigan brings up the rear.  I can't even begin to describe how weird this is.  Assuming that they lose to The Ohio State University, we'll have to take a long look at how far and hard Michigan has fallen.  

It's Rivalry Week throughout the Midwest.  Bundle up and bring your Hate.
1. Ff_289074_s_medium 121
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Much like Run DMC, this Ohio State squad has been proven to be tougher than leather.
2. Ff_296115_s_medium 107 When Hawkeye fans look back on this squad, they'll always wonder, "What if..."

3. Ff_281146_s_medium 99 I'd love for anyone to explain to me how Penn State is better than Wisconsin by using objective criteria.
4. Ff_158835_s_medium 91 I'd love for anyone to explain to me how Wisconsin is better than Penn State by using objective criteria.
5. Ff_353429_s_medium 73 Could Northwestern pull an upset over Wisconsin this weekend? Although not one of the Big Ten's protected rivalries, the game does tear HMLee apart.
6. Ff_318754_s_medium 67 Michigan State could beat Penn State.  If the right Spartan team shows up.  So far, it's only appeared about three times, though.
7. Ff_383170_s_medium 52 So now that the Gophers have worked all of the "new stadium smell" out of TCF Bank Stadium, will fans still want to come next year?  Wins over Iowa and in a bowl game could build some excitement.
8. Ff_326562_s_medium 45 Yes, this season slipped away.  But of the coaches at the bottom five schools, who do you have the most trust in?  I think it's Hope.
9. Ds_201010_s_medium 30 Illinois has had good teams and bad teams.  And this, most assuredly, was one of them.
10. Ff_380312_s_medium 28 Considering the way that they've gifted away games, it seems appropriate.
11. Ff_235898_s_medium 13 It's a blanket.  Although the way teams have walked all over it, I'd understand if you thought it was a rug.

The Rivalry, Esq has reached out to the SBNation Big Ten bloggers to create this poll.  Its purpose: find a consensus as to the power of the Big Ten teams.  We invited each SBNation Big Ten blog to participate.  We will vote each week.  Invitations remain extended to the writers of Black Shoe Diaries and the Crimson Quarry to participate.

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