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Purdue Remains Atop The Week Eight Polls

See where the Big Ten landed in the latest rankings.

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The Week Eight AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls were released earlier this week and three Big Ten teams were fortunate enough to make the cut at least in one of the polls. Purdue remained in the top spot, thanks to the team’s massive win over Arizona. Boilermaker fans will hope another big week can keep the group there. Illinois also rose.

Here is where the Big Ten landed:

Week Eight AP Poll:

Week Eight USA Today Coaches’ Poll:

  • No. 1 - Purdue
  • No. 9 - Illinois
  • No. 23 - Wisconsin
  • Receiving Votes: Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Indiana

Overall, it’s been a tough start to the season for the league. Preseason darlings like Maryland and Michigan State have underwhelmed and other teams like Indiana, Michigan, and Rutgers have experienced serious 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.

The good news is Purdue continues to roll. The Boilers have been fantastic through the first two months of the season and remained in the top spot this week. And with a manageable slate in the coming days, it’s a safe bet Purdue will remain there for at least another week, when the team then goes on the road to face Maryland. Illinois also remains a bright spot, rising up the polls over the last month or so.

The biggest question is whether anyone else can push their way into the top 25 or move toward the top 15. Wisconsin remained on the edge of the top 25 and has a respectable enough resume. It will just take a few big wins to move up from there. Ohio State also looks like a darkhorse to get in the top 25 over the next few weeks.