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Big Ten Week 2 power rankings: Disaster in Evanston Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
EVANSTON, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Austin Carr #80 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates a touchdown catch with Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on September 10, 2016 in Evanston, Illinois. Illiinois State defeated Northwestern 9-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Northwestern won 10 games in 2015 and it feels like a decade ago at this point.

Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats suffered an unfortunate but not terribly surprising loss to a solid Western Michigan team in Week 1 and, as a result, we docked the team in our Week 1 power rankings for the Big Ten. However, no one could have foreseen another loss for Northwestern this week, as the Wildcats fell flat on their face in a 9-7 defeat against Illinois State. Needless to say, that means that the team in purple has fallen just about as far as possible on this week’s list.

During a fairly “status quo” week for the conference, that is the big shake-up and, without further delay, here is the full list.

Spoiler alert: Next week’s Big Ten slate is much more interesting. Let’s roll.

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 2 (last week’s rank in parentheses)

  1. Ohio State (↔)
  2. Michigan (↔)
  3. Wisconsin (↔)
  4. Iowa (↔)
  5. Michigan State (↔)
  6. Nebraska (↔)
  7. Penn State (↔)
  8. Minnesota (↑ 1)
  9. Indiana (↓ 1)
  10. Illinois (↔)
  11. Maryland (↑ 1)
  12. Northwestern (↓ 1)
  13. Purdue (↔)
  14. Rutgers (↔)
Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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