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Six Big Ten Teams In The Top 25 of Week 15 Polls

See where the Big Ten landed in the latest rankings.

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The AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls released earlier this week for Week 15 of the season and six Big Ten teams were fortunate enough to make the cut. It’s an impressive achievement for the league and that’s not even to mention three other teams who narrowly missed the cut for the top 25.

Here is where the Big Ten landed:

Week 15 AP Poll:

  • No. 2 - Michigan (4)
  • No. 4 - Illinois
  • No. 5 - Iowa
  • No. 7 - Ohio State
  • No. 23 - Purdue
  • No. 25 - Wisconsin
  • Receiving Votes: Maryland

Week 15 USA Today Coaches’ Poll

  • No. 2 - Michigan (1)
  • No. 4 - Illinois
  • No. 8 - Iowa
  • No. 10 - Ohio State
  • No. 23 - Purdue
  • Receiving Votes: Wisconsin, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State

While it’s disappointing to see teams like Ohio State and Wisconsin drop, there’s still a lot to like here. Three teams in the top five and four in the top 10 is an impressive achievement. And that’s not even to mention Purdue and Wisconsin near the tail end of the top 25 and the three other teams receiving top 25 votes. The league remains stacked.

Perhaps the most intriguing question moving forward will be how high Michigan can climb in the rankings. The Wolverines moved up with Baylor’s loss over the weekend, but can the team actually push Gonzaga for No. 1 in the polls? It seems like a high hurdle, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.