Wisconsin remains No. 3 in Land of 10 Power Poll

Wisconsin defeated Maryland 38-13 on Saturday to remain unbeaten and retain its College Football Playoff hopes. The Badgers also stayed put at No. 3 in the latest Land of 10 Power Poll.

In the poll, voted on by 13 Land of 10 writers and released on Sunday, Wisconsin trailed Penn State and Ohio State atop the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions received all 13 first-place votes. Penn State hammered Michigan 42-13, and Ohio State had its bye week.

I continue to place Wisconsin at No. 2 in my vote ahead of Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been dominant in their last three Big Ten games, winning each contest by at least 42 points. But Ohio State also has a Sept. 9 home loss against Oklahoma on its resume, which I am factoring into my decision.

My top 5 remained the same as last week, with Michigan State fourth and Michigan fifth. Although the Nittany Lions pummeled the Wolverines on Saturday, I couldn’t justify putting any other Big Ten team into the top 5 ahead of Michigan. Michigan has lost to two of the top 4 teams in the conference and, at 5-2 overall, has the best record among the other schools.

For the third consecutive week, no other West Division team outside of Wisconsin ranks in the top 5 of our power poll. The other six West teams have at least 2 losses, and the Badgers essentially hold at least a three-game lead on every team by virtue of tiebreakers.

My vote:

  1. Penn State
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan State
  5. Michigan
  6. Northwestern
  7. Nebraska
  8. Iowa
  9. Maryland
  10. Rutgers
  11. Minnesota
  12. Purdue
  13. Indiana
  14. Illinois

Land of 10 vote:

  1. Penn State … 169 (13 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State … 154
  3. Wisconsin … 145
  4. Michigan State … 130
  5. Michigan … 114
  6. Northwestern … 100
  7. Iowa … 90
  8. Indiana … 72
  9. Maryland … 59
  10. Minnesota … 47
  11. Nebraska … 46
  12. Rutgers … 30
  13. Purdue … 25
  14. Illinois … 2

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