If you take a look at the Coaches Poll this week, you will not see any Big Ten teams listed.
If that seems unusual to you, it should. This marks the first time in the history of the poll where no Big Ten teams are represented.
Ohio State is ineligible for the Coaches poll or it would be ranked, but the fact that none of the other 11 teams are speaks volumes about the state of the conference.
My eyes tell me, though, that the two best teams in the Big Ten are Michigan and Ohio State–the way it should be.
Michigan dominated Purdue by an eye-opening 44-13 margin. Many thought the Boilermakers would represent the Leaders Division in the B1G Championship Game, and they still may, but Purdue was run off the field by the Wolverines.
Ohio State’s defense may not have been all that impressive. But the Buckeyes’ offense more than made up for that, as OSU defeated Nebraska 63-38.