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Big Ten Network ranks Michigan second in Big Ten Conference after Week 6

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 and Michigan State has dropped to No. 11 in the Big Ten Conference Power Rankings.

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Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten Conference, according to the Power Rankings by Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes of Ohio State are the only team ranked higher than Michigan. Ohio State is coming off a big home win over Indiana, but will be challenged by a tough Wisconsin defense next week.

The top five include Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Penn State.

As expected, Michigan has started off the season 6-0 and will have a week off before taking on Illinois at home. The Wolverines will battle Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio State to finish up the regular season. Michigan has a very good chance of owning an 11-0 record going into the game against Ohio State. The rivalry also has the potential of being a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game if Alabama and Clemson fall in the rankings.

Michigan’s other rival, Michigan State, has dropped down to No. 11 in the Big Ten Conference Power Rankings with three straight losses to Wisconsin, Indiana and BYU. It marks the first time since 2009 that the Spartans have lost three in a row since 2009. Michigan State should be able to take care of business at home against Northwestern on Saturday.


Big Ten Network’s Big Ten Conference Power Rankings:

No. 1 - Ohio State
No. 2 - Michigan
No. 3 - Nebraska
No. 4 - Wisconsin
No. 5 - Penn State
No. 6 - Iowa
No. 7 - Maryland
No. 8 - Indiana
No. 9 - Minnesota
No. 10 - Northwestern
No. 11 - Michigan State
No. 12 - Purdue
No. 13 - Illinois
No. 14 - Rutgers