The Week Four AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls were released on Monday and three Big Ten teams were fortunate enough to make the cut at least in one of the polls. Purdue also moved up to the top spot in both spots, getting 60 votes as the No. 1 team in the AP Poll.
Here is where the Big Ten landed:
Week Four AP Poll:
Week Four USA Today Coaches’ Poll:
- No. 1 - Purdue (32)
- No. 24 - Illinois
- No. 25 - Michigan State
- Receiving Votes: Ohio State
Overall, it’s been a tough start to the season for the league. Maryland and Michigan State fell flat in the opening weeks and other teams like Michigan, Rutgers, and Wisconsin have suffered missteps as well. It’s led to a massive drop for the league on KenPom and it seems like it could be a down year for the Big Ten.
However, it’s good to see the league still has three teams in the top 25, including Purdue in the top spot. It’s now been several seasons in a row where the Boilermakers have challenged for the top spot, which is certainly quite an accomplishment. Fans will hope the team can keep things up as it enters Big Ten play this weekend.
It was also nice to see the Huskers start getting some consideration for the top 25. Nebraska has been one of the nice surprises in the league so far and continue to gain momentum. The team gets a massive matchup with Creighton coming up. Pull off the upset and the Huskers will certainly move into the top 25.