1. Michigan (11-0)- We have a new number one team in the conference after Indiana’s loss last weekend. The Wolverines continue to roll and there is a good chance that they will finish out of conference play undefeated with only Eastern and Central Michigan left on their schedule.
2. Indiana (9-1)- The Hoosiers surprisingly lost to instate rival Butler in overtime last Saturday, suffering their first blemish on the season. Indiana is still loaded though and do not expect them to suffer many more losses.
3. Ohio State (8-1)- The Buckeyes basically have an exhibition game versus Winthrop tonight before their huge showdown versus the #9 Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday. They need to defeat Kansas to get a much needed marquee win early in the season.
4. Illinois (12-1)- Besides OSU-Kansas, there is another big time game this weekend for the conference as the Illini travel to #12 Missouri. If Illinois can defeat the Tigers they will already have two very good wins after defeating Gonzaga in Spokane, WA.
5. Minnesota (11-1)- The Gophers traveled to the west coast and handled the USC Trojans. They wrap up their non-conference schedule with Lafayette this weekend.
6. Michigan State (9-2)- If Sparty can take care of Bowling Green and Texas this week they will go into conference play with only two losses. Not bad for a team that looked defeated after a loss versus Miami (Fl.) a few weeks ago.
7. Iowa (9-2)- The Hawkeyes also only have two losses on the season and that should remain the same with only South Carolina State and Coppin State on the schedule.
8. Wisconsin (7-4)- Bo Ryan will take care of the defense but the Badgers need to start scoring to keep up with the big boys of the conference.
9. Northwestern (8-3)- The Wildcats welcome the Stanford Cardinal into town on Friday for what would be a good win for Northwestern.
10. Nebraska (6-3)- Nebraska only managed to score 38 points against Oregon, their lowest total of the season.
11. Penn State (6-4)- Delaware State took the Nittany Lions to overtime… Yes, Delaware State. They take on New Hampshire this weekend in what sadly should be a competitive game.
12. Purdue (4-6)- The Boilermakers followed up their loss versus Eastern Michigan with another loss against a solid Notre Dame team.