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Big Ten Power Poll - Post Week 4

Let's be honest. Two of the easiest columns to write (and get feedback from your readers) are 1) the power rankings column and 2) the pop culture comparison column. Much like that magical day when somebody got their peanut butter on my chocolate (or did I get my chocolate in her peanut butter?), it was predestined that one day these two great columns would be brought together...

So it's finally time to see what we have. Sure, we studied the evidence last week, but this week starts something different. This week, we begin to find out who is the boss of the Big Ten. Not The Boss. There's only one of those, and he has some words that can help us better understand this upcoming conference season. After the jump, find your team, start playing your song, and then go back and read through the Conference. Let's the Man's wisdom wash over you. You'll be better for it.


So, stick your ball cap in your back pocket, and let's see what we know...

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1. Ohio State - 96 Points (8 1st Place Votes) - Last Week: 1 - Murder Incorporated

The bullseye in the Big Ten is painted Scarlet and Gray. 

So you keep a little secret down deep inside your dresser drawer
From dealing with the heat you're feelin' down on the killin' floor
No matter where you step you feel you're never out of danger
So the comfort that you keep's a gold-plated snub-nose thirty-two

2. Nebraska - 85 Points - Last Week: 2 - Nebraska

Charles Starkweather wore a black shirt.  So does the Nebraska D.

From the town of Lincoln Nebraska with a sawed off .410 on my lap
Through to the badlands of Wyoming I killed everything in my path

3. Wisconsin - 80 Points - Last Week: 3 - Mansion on the Hill

For how long has Wisconsin been staring up at the Mansion atop the Big Ten's Hill? Still don't know if the Badgers can climb up there.

At night my daddy'd take me and we'd ride through the streets of a town so silent and still
Park on a back road along the highway side
Look up at that mansion on the hill

4. Iowa - 66 Points - Last Week: 4 - Night

The Hawkeyes fans are still busting at their seems for this season. But that could all come crashing down on Saturday Night.

And the world is busting at its seams

And you're just a prisoner of your dreams
Holding on for your life 'cause you work all day
To blow 'em away in the night

5. Michigan State - 61 Points - Last Week: 7 - The Promised Land

What's the difference between Michigan State and Wisconsin? Why can't Michigan State start their climb to the Promised Land.

There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor

I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain't got the faith to stand its ground

6. Michigan - 60 Points - Last Week: 5 - Better Days

These are Better Days. And Better ones yet don't seem very far away.

Every fool's got a reason to feelin' sorry for himself

And turn his heart to stone
Tonight this fool's halfway to heaven and just a mile outta hell
And I feel like I'm comin' home

7. Northwestern - 48 Points - Last Week: 8 - Light of Day

The Purple can see the Light of 8-0 right around the corner. 

Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling O.K.

Got a little lost along the way, just around the corner to the light of day.

8. Penn State - 47 Points - Last Week: 6 - Wrecking Ball

#8? You still need to step to the line and beat the Lions to get them down this far.

Through the mud and the beer, and the blood and the cheers, I've seen champions come and go

So if you got the guts mister, yeah if you've got the balls
If you think it's your time, then step to the line, and bring on your wrecking ball

9. Indiana - 28 Points - Last Week: 9 - From Small Things

Will these small victories lead to 2 big ones? That's all Indiana is really looking for in conference play.

Oh but love is fleeting

it's sad but true
But when your heart is beating
You don't wanna hear the news

10. Illinois - 24 Points - Last Week: 10 - Roll of the Dice

You've gotta believe me, Illini. Your roll will come after you suffer through the next three weeks.

Well I've been a losin' gambler

Just throwin' snake eyes
Love ain't got me downhearted
I know up around the corner lies
My fool's paradise
In just another roll of the dice

11. Purdue - 22 Points - Last Week: 11 - Downbound Train

If not for bad luck, the Purdue train would have no luck...

I had a job, I had a girl

I had something going mister in this world
I got laid off down at the lumber yard
Our love went bad, times got hard
Now I work down at the carwash
Where all it ever does is rain

12. Minnesota - 8 Points - Last Week: 12 - Dean Man Walkin'

Dead Coach Walking? Yes. Dead Team? That's what the players have to decide.

There's a pale horse comin'

I'm gonna ride it
I'll rise in the morning
My fate decided
I'm a dead man walkin'



The Big Ten Power Poll is voted upon by the eight writers of this staff. 96 is a perfect score. 8 is the lowest possible total.