Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (59) is congratulated by teammate Tommy Schutt (90) and defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) during the second half versus Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

No, we do not have a new No. 1 in our weekly power rankings, but let me tell you, it was a close vote from our writers. A few voted for the Spartans to top the Buckeyes seeing as MSU has the more impressive win of the season thus far and the Buckeyes struggled this week against Northern Illinois.

Michigan State beat air force handily, but struggled to really keep a huge 35-7 lead that it had in the third quarter. When looking at the actual AP college football rankings, the Spartans moved up to No. 2 and even received seven first-place votes.

Connor Cook and Aaron Burbridge did everything they could to ignite this offense on a day in which the defense looked sloppy, the offensive line was inconsistent and the run game just wasn’t there.

Northern Illinois gave the Buckeyes everything they could handle in week three. Michigan State struggled immensely to look like the No. 1 team in the conference as well, so there’s no way the Spartans should jump the Buckeyes, right? Well, it was a close vote.

Ohio State might have itself a quarterback controversy once again as Cardale Jones struggled, completing 4-of-9 passes with two interceptions and giving way to J.T. Barrett midway through the game.

The Buckeyes will need to play much better moving forward if a repeat title is going to happen.

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