Big Ten Power Rankings – Week Eight

It’s week eight and the West Lot Warriors are still taking the time to post blog content – which tells you that the ‘Cats are still winning! After every single Warrior picked the ‘Cats to fall at Nebraska last week, Clayton “Bigsby” Thorson looked like Taylor Martinez  used to in Lincoln and led Northwestern to a gutsy two point win with some big runs. I also heard he went all Kirk Cousins after the game.

Dean Lowry looked like an absolute animal with a school record six tackles for loss, and is starting to look like he’ll be one of the highest NFL draft picks from NU in recent memory. The ‘Cats moved back up to sixth in our WLW power rankings, third among the B1G West teams behind Iowa and Wisconsin.

Speaking of Wisconsin, their quarterback went down with a concussion in last week’s game against Illinois, and the heavens opened up to deliver us a back-up QB with a name that only Aaron Sorkin could dream up – Bart Houston. Keanu Reeves might disagree, but that’s up there with Johnny Utah as one of the best QB names ever. Moms, dads and whoever develops the fake Madden player names take note – if you want your child to be a successful quarterback , simply give him a commonplace first name and a southern/western  state/city last name (See Montana, Joe). Alas, Bart Houston didn’t live up to his epic name in an uneven performance at Illinois, but Wisconsin got the W. And with Joel Stave’s health improving, we may have to put Bart’s superstardom on hold for the moment.

Over in the B1G East, Michigan State pulled out a deceiving 52-26 win over Indiana. Don’t be fooled, the Hoosiers were within one score of the Spartans late in this game before Big Green pulled out a few late touchdowns leading to a misleading blowout score. Michigan State has had some very close calls this season, but with Connor Cook at the helm they have the ability to win every game they play. Ohio State looked like Ohio State in a 49-7 dismantling of Rutgers, and remains firmly on top of our rankings.

Lastly – shout out to Jerry Kill, the coach of Minnesota who retired today for health reasons. Kill seemed like a genuinely good guy, and the Warriors wish him the best.

Ok actually lastly – I’m going to install a new segment this week, for the hell of it. We’ll call it Trent’s Top Four(s), and I’m going to rattle off my top four in a variety of categories.

Trent’s Top Fours

FBS Teams:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Baylor
  3. Clemson
  4. TCU

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Joints:

  1. Giordano’s
  2. Pequod’s
  3. Lou Malnati’s
  4. Gino’s East

Colors of the Rainbow:

  1. Red
  2. Violet
  3. Green
  4. Orange

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

  1. Leonardo
  2. Raphael
  3. Donatello
  4. Michelangelo

Ok that was fun. Thanks for letting me indulge. Now on to the actual rankings:

Team Points
1. Ohio State (7) 98
2. Michigan State 90
3. Michigan 83
4. Iowa 79
5. Wisconsin 68
6. Northwestern 63
7. Penn State 51
8. Nebraska 48
9. Indiana 36
10. Illannoy (tie) 34
10. Minnesota (tie) 34
12. Rutgers(tie) 16
12. Maryland (tie) 16
14. Purdon’t 13

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