first_imgJames Franklin walking onto the field with his Penn State players.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Week 1 of the college football season is in the books, and several of the Power Five conferences came out of it pretty rough. Over in the Big Ten, we saw plenty of preseason questions finally get answered.ESPN just released its power rankings within all of the major conferences. In the Big Ten, there remains some pretty significant questions about who’s best, but one team certainly set the tone at the top.Despite speculation that the changes at head coach and quarterback would make things difficult for Ohio State, the king remains the king. The Buckeyes came in at No. 1 on the list after a sensational debut for Justin Fields.In the West, Nebraska had trouble against South Alabama while Wisconsin seemed like a force to be reckoned with on the road against USF. As a result, the Badgers got No. 2 while Nebraska was relegated to No. 7 behind Iowa. Here is the full Big Ten rankings, as published by ESPN:Ohio StateWisconsinMichiganPenn StateMichigan StateIowaNebraskaNorthwesternMarylandPurdueIllinoisMinnesotaIndianaRutgersIt seems pretty clear that the usual suspects in the Big Ten title race are all at the top. Meanwhile, Rutgers, Indiana, and Illinois are still at or near the bottom of the totem pole.But it does speak volumes about the respect shown for Purdue that the Boilermakers could lose to Nevada – the only Big Ten loss – and still be ranked higher than four other schools.You can view ESPN’s full conference power rankings here.last_img

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