With the regular-season over and the bowl games about to get underway, ESPN released its latest power rankings for the B1G.
Ohio State came in at No. 1, which shouldn’t be a surprise. The Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in the B1G Championship Game to move up one spot in the rankings. However, losses to Oklahoma and Iowa kept Ohio State out of the College Football Playoff and they’ll face USC in the Cotton Bowl instead.
Wisconsin, who occupied the top spot last week, fell to the No. 2 position. The Badgers undefeated season and hopes of making the College Football Playoff ended against Ohio State.
Here’s what ESPN said about Wisconsin:
Had the Badgers won the Big Ten championship game, they would be the ones headed to the playoff. A loss, though, has moved Wisconsin down to No. 2 in the power rankings with only one loss on the season. There was still a lot of positive to come out of the Badgers’ performance, even though the season won’t finish the way they hoped. Wisconsin will face Miami in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Penn State, Northwestern and Michigan State rounded out the top five of the rankings.