Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 2

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Sep 4, 2015; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) attempts to throw the ball against the Western Michigan Broncos prior to a game at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The college football season is finally underway and the top teams in the country took the field this past weekend to showcase their skills after a long offseason. It was interesting to see which teams stood out in a positive way and which had taken step back from preseason expectations.

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Many Big Ten teams stood out for all the right reasons while others faltered and looked very vulnerable after a week of play.

In case you don’t remember, people were knocking the conference early in the season after both Michigan State and Ohio State, the top two teams, fell in week two of play. It looked like it was going to be yet another year of mediocre play from the conference that was fighting for some pride.

However, those naysayers were silenced by the end of the year as both of those teams finished in the top five of the final AP rankings and Ohio State had won the national title. The Spartans had come back to defeat Baylor in an epic Cotton Bowl battle and everything seemed to be right with the Big Ten once again.

Coming into the 2015 season, those same two teams top the conference and are the only ones currently ranked in the Top 25 at week one’s end.

The Spartans played a tough game at Western Michigan while Ohio State played one great half against Virginia Tech — the last team to beat the Buckeyes — to defeat the Hokies, 42-24.

Let’s take at the week two Big Ten football power rankings, as voted on by our very own writers, and see who moved up and who moved down.

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