2012 College Football Rankings: Week 10 Big Ten Power Rankings

Big Ten Power Rankings: Buckeyes Prove They're No. 1

10/31/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) -- The Buckeyes proved doubters wrong by hushing a barbaric Happy Valley crowd and beating a surging Penn State team, 35-23. Braxton Miller looked fine after his scare vs. Purdue, combining for 277 yards and three touchdowns — including his sixth 100-yard rushing performance of the season. An undefeated season is looking more and more feasible. Next up: vs. Illinois, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

2. Nebraska (6-2, 3-1; LW: No. 4) -- Beating Michigan gives Nebraska sole possession of first place in the Legends division. The Cornhuskers, who were destroyed by Ohio State, have become huge Buckeye fans: If the Huskers win out and OSU beats Michigan, they'll be headed to Indianapolis for the conference title game. Next up: at Michigan State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

3. Northwestern (7-2, 3-2; LW: No. 6) -- Using Kain Colter and the option game paid off in dividends for the Wildcats. The junior QB rushed for a career-high 166 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-17 win over Iowa, which really wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Next up: BYE

4. Penn State (5-3, 3-1; LW: No. 3) -- Matt McGloin was pressured nearly every play, the running game was non-existent, and the defense couldn't contain Braxton Miller. Penn State was smothered by Ohio State and just didn't match up well. Next up: at Purdue, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

5. Michigan (5-3, 3-1; LW: No. 2) -- Want to see what happens when you center your entire offense around one player? Click here. When Denard went out with an arm injury, so did the Wolverines' game plan. Next up: at Minnesota, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

6. Michigan State (5-4, 2-3; LW: No. 7) -- How do you beat Wisconsin? Take away its running game. Led by Max Bullough and William Gholston — who combined for eight tackles for loss — the Spartans did exactly that, holding the Badgers to 19 total rushing yards. Next up: vs. Nebraska, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

7. Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2; LW: No. 5) -- The Badgers' 21-game winning streak at home was snapped after a 16-13 overtime loss to Michigan State last Saturday. Freshman quarterback Joel Stave was injured, so the pressure will be back on Danny O'Brien to lead Wisconsin to the Big Ten championship. Next up: BYE

8. Minnesota (5-3, 1-3; LW: No. 10) -- Minnesota obliterated Purdue behind the arm of freshman quarterback Philip Nelson, who threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns (all in the first half) in his second career start. Look out, Big Ten. The Gophers are competitive. Next up: vs. Michigan, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

9. Iowa (4-4, 2-2; LW: No. 9) -- More offensive woes and a lack of run defense kept the Hawkeyes from earning their fifth win of the season, as they fell to Northwestern by 11. Next up: at Indiana, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

10. Indiana (3-5, 1-3; LW: No. 11) -- Indiana broke its five-game losing streak by beating a bad Illinois team on the road, 31-17. It wasn't pretty, but the defense sacked Nathan Scheelhaase seven times and forced two turnovers. Next up: vs. Iowa, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

11. Purdue (3-5, 0-4; LW: No. 8) -- What happened to the Purdue that started the season 3-1 and came within four points of upsetting Notre Dame? The Boilermakers are disintegrating, having lost their last four games by an average of 19.5 points. Next up: vs. Penn State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

12. Illinois (2-6, 0-4; LW: No. 12) -- A loss to Indiana proves that the Fighting Illini are officially the worst team in the Big Ten. Any future wins to end the season would come to a huge surprise. Next up: at Ohio State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

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