The Big Ten had a great week but also a bad week as their top team suffered a massive blowout.
Week 8 didn’t have the same volume of upsets and near-upsets as the previous week did, but it did see the nation’s No. 2 team fall for the second week in a row. Last week, it was Georgia who fell to LSU. This week, it’s Ohio State who fell to Purdue in one of the biggest upsets of the year.
The loss from the the then-top team in the conference has big ramifications when determining how to place the Big Ten in this week’s conference power rankings. On one hand, it’s never good when the top team loses, but on the other hand, the win from Purdue shows how strong the middle class of the conference can be. Helping the case for the Big Ten is the dominating performance by the Michigan Wolverines in their road win vs. Michigan State. Michigan might be the new favorite to win the conference after Purdue exposed Ohio State’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
The ACC saw Clemson assert themselves even further as they thoroughly dominated then-undefeated NC State. A similar marquee game was in the Pac-12 where Washington State defeated Oregon on their home turf to take control of the North. Meanwhile, it was business as usual in the SEC where Alabama and LSU won again to make their Nov. 3 showdown one of the best games of the year.
And then there’s the Big 12 where six of the 10 teams were off but Oklahoma was back in action for the first time since losing to Texas and looked extremely prolific on offense.
All of that said, let’s take a look at this week’s conference power rankings.
– It’s really Clemson and everyone else. It is a basketball conference after all, but Virginia has been a nice surprise and could be the second best team in the league after NC State was ravaged by Clemson.