Phil Miller's Big Ten power poll
- Article by: PHIL MILLER
- Star Tribune
- August 31, 2012 - 1:06 AM
1. Michigan State (11-3 last year)
Beware. Boise State's past three opening victims: Oregon, Virginia Tech, Georgia.
2. Ohio State (6-7)
Urban Meyer says Braxton Miller is biggest upgrade, not him.
3. Wisconsin (11-3)
Northern Iowa no patsy; at No. 7 in FCS, ranked higher than No. 12 Badgers.
4. Michigan (11-2)
Even a competitive loss to Alabama would be big win for Wolverines.
5. Nebraska (9-4)
QB Taylor Martinez's improved throwing motion is hot topic in Lincoln.
6. Purdue (7-6)
Somehow found room for both Eastern Kentucky AND Eastern Michigan.
7. Northwestern (6-7)
Wildcats open with Syracuse, which comes to TCF Bank Stadium in three weeks.
8. Penn State (9-4)
Names on the back of the jerseys? Paterno Era is over for sure.
9. Iowa (7-6)
Two new coordinators take over in opener at Soldier Field vs. Northern Illinois.
10. Illinois (7-6)
Toledo Tim Beckman now in charge, he'll face familiar MAC foe Western Michigan.
11. Minnesota (3-9)
Next three games are all at home; chance to build momentum for Big Ten.
12. Indiana (1-11)
Hoosiers are 3-0 against Indiana State, with 30-point margin or bigger each time.
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