Continuing the trend of disappointment for the conference this season, the Big Ten has failed to place a team in the top 25 of the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time in the history of the rankings. The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes, ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll, aren't eligible for the Coaches' Poll due to NCAA violations.
Even with Ohio State's absence from the rankings, this is a particularly embarrassing showing for the Big Ten. Typically one of the better football conferences in the nation, nearly every team in the conference has disappointed in some way. Last week, Nebraska and Northwestern were both ranked in the Coaches' Poll, but they both lost on Saturday.
Through six weeks, every team in the conference outside of the Buckeyes and the Wildcats has lost two or more games. Northwestern was leading by two scores over Penn State entering the fourth quarter on Saturday, but the Nittany Lions scored 22 unanswered points to hand the Wildcats their first defeat of the year.