I cannot abide having Neb at #2.
This is a team that has only beaten Fordham, Buffalo, and Northwestern, all at home.
They're 3-4, and are in serious danger of not getting more than two additional wins. That assumes they beat Gophers and Purdue, which are by no means assured.
Talk about close losses all you want. Doesn't do it for me.
I will be honest, I really struggled with the middle of the West. The top and bottom were easy. Nobody will have any issue with Iowa at #1 or Illinois and Northwestern at #6 and #7. But the other spots are much trickier.
Nebraska - 3-4: Impressive wins - None. Losses to ranked teams - 3 and all 3 games were close. Bad Losses - 1 to Illinois in game 1. They have no shot to win the West with 3 conf loses on the year but I gave them the 2 spot because they just look better than the other 3 in the middle right now. Not by much but a little.
Wisconsin - 2-3: Impressive wins - None. Losses to ranked teams - 3 but 2 of the 3 were not all that close and one of the three was to a very unimpressive Notre Dame team.
Minnesota - 3-2: Road win against another team in the middle Purdue. Bad Loss - Bowling Green. Loss to ranked teams - 1 Ohio State in a fairly competitive game. Still feels like the one team that has a ton of untapped upside. Question is if they can figure out how to tap into it before it is too late.
Purdue - 3-2: Solid win against 4-2 Oregon State but also barely got by Illinois at home and lost to the Gophers in West Lafayette. 1 loss to a ranked Notre Dame team who as mentioned above does not look like anything special at all.
So to me, the middle of the West is a mess. Really could see any of the 4 coming out in second place to Iowa, not sure any of them have enough to take Iowa down but also think that because of the way that Iowa plays and wins a number of teams may be able to make it interesting.
On a side note this may be the most parity we have seen in College Football for quite a while. With Alabama finally going down the field is wide open. And there are some pretenders like Michigan State hanging near the top who will drop like rocks as soon as they finally lose a game.