Will a big rivalry win by Michigan be enough to move the Wolverines up? We take a look in our tenth edition of Big Ten power rankings:
14. Rutgers 2-6 (Last Week: 14)
Rutgers won a game! It’s true, even though it sounds crazy. The Scarlet Knights defeated Liberty in an upset to earn their second win of the season.
13. Northwestern 1-6 (Last Week: 13)
The Wildcats were shutout by Iowa 20-0 and will face a suddenly hot Indiana team next week in Bloomington.
12. Purdue 2-6 (Last Week: 11)
Purdue followed up a decent showing against Iowa by laying an egg versus Illinois.
11. Maryland (3-5) (Last Week: (12)
Maryland... yikes. Somehow this team moves up a spot, but that’s more due to Purdue’s incompetence.
10. Nebraska 4-4 (Last Week: 10)
Nebraska played Indiana tough, but falls at home in a game it really could have used for its bowl game hopes. There’s still a path to 6-6, but it must come with a win against Purdue this week.
9. Illinois 4-4 (Last Week: 9)
Illinois continued its solid play by drubbing Purdue. Could a bowl game really be in the cards here? With Rutgers, Michigan State and Northwestern still on the slate, it’s certainly attainable.
8. Michigan State 4-4 (Last Week: 7)
MSU looked awful against Penn State on Saturday. The Spartans now will enjoy a bye week before a critical game against Illinois. Head-to-head can’t keep MSU ahead of Indiana forever.
7. Indiana 6-2 (Last Week: 8)
How about those Hoosiers? They’ve taken care of business against weaker opponents three weeks in a row now, including a big road win at Nebraska. That winning streak should continue against Northwestern, which may just be enough to get this team ranked.
6. Minnesota 8-0 (Last Week: 6)
Minnesota is going to stay in this slot until it beats a ranked opponent or a team ahead of it implodes. Both are possibilities, but I’m not a believer yet. Penn State looms.
5. Iowa 6-2 (Last Week: 5)
Iowa beat Northwestern in an ugly, on-brand game over the weekend. A huge game at Wisconsin is up next after a bye week.
4. Michigan 6-2 (Last Week: 4)
Michigan fans couldn’t have asked for a better performance on Saturday, as the Wolverines demolished Notre Dame. Both the offense and defense were outstanding. It’s the type of win that can bring a lot of fans back on board and give some real hope for a strong finish the season. The AP Poll ranked U-M ahead of Wisconsin, but I’m not ready to do that yet. The head-to-head matchup was so one-sided that it can’t be overlooked.
3. Wisconsin 6-2 (Last Week: 3)
Saturday couldn’t have gone much worse for the Badgers. They got trounced by Ohio State, granted so has every other team OSU has played, but for a team that had playoff and conference title dreams, it’s a killer. The best this team can hope for now is a Rose Bowl bid.
2. Penn State 8-0 (Last Week: 2)
The last true threat to the Buckeyes is Penn State. That meeting will come one week before The Game, but for now, the Nittany Lions will settle for destroying mediocre teams like Michigan State.
1. Ohio State 8-0 (Last Week: 1)
The Buckeyes will be one of the two teams in consideration for the No. 1 overall ranking when the first set of College Football Playoff rankings come out (the other is LSU). There’s still a huge gap between OSU and PSU, despite their records.