Based on their overall schedules and results, I think most would agree Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been the most consistent performers this season and thus it’s no coincidence the Big Ten trio still occupies the top three positions in the latest Top 50 Rankings.
Florida and Kansas aren’t far behind, as the SEC and Big 12 respective leaders have combined to go 49-4 to date. Neither has had to navigate a conference slate as deep as the Big Ten though, still the way the Gators and Jayhawks have played has more than earned them spots in the Top 5.
It can be difficult to navigate a season and avoid all potential pitfalls. Texas has been living dangerously in the Big 12 until Kansas finally struck the Longhorns. Now, for a second consecutive week Texas took a hit, this time to Iowa State when the Cyclones knocked the Longhorns from first place with a five-game victory at home.
Penn State and San Diego also getting upset created more shake ups in the Top 10. Ohio State defended its home court, pulling out an overscore victory in five over the Nittany Lions. Because of Nebraska’s dominance, and Wisconsin and Minnesota being so good, it has overshadowed how crazy the rest of the standings have been.
The Nittany Lions are now four games back of the Huskers, two back of Minnesota and one behind Michigan State, which is in fourth. Michigan is one back of Penn State and after that it is messy. Iowa is 8-8 and in seventh, ahead of Ohio State (7-9) and Illinois (7-9), as well as Purdue (6-10).
The Pac-12 is much crazier for what’s happening at the top. A four-way tie for first is now a two-team tie between Washington and UCLA at 12-4. The Bruins edged Stanford in five games over the weekend and the Cardinal are now 11-5, tied with Oregon, which was bumped from first after falling at home to Utah. At 10-6, the Utes are only two games out of first place, which in the Pac-12 is one crazy weekend away from Utah being on top of the standings.
Yet, it seems like Utah is having a great Pac-12 season so far and is only ahead of Washington State and USC, both 9-7, by a game, and Arizona (8-8) by two. That’s a weekend away from shifting.
Meanwhile, San Diego is now tied for first in the West Coast after getting upset by Portland. It’s the Toreros’ second conference loss, the same as BYU, which is 1-1 against San Diego.
Go to Page 2 to see the new Top 50.