2012 College Football Rankings: Week 11 Big Ten Power Rankings

Big Ten Power Rankings: Title Game Taking Form

11/7/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten; LW: No. 1) -- Ohio State heads into a bye week before it travels to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. "The Game" may start overshadowing, however. Next up: BYE

2. Nebraska (7-2, 4-1; LW: No. 2) -- If the Cornhuskers can win out, they'll be headed to Indianapolis to represent the Legends division in the conference championship. And in that case, they'd also be the favorites to finish out in the Rose Bowl. Next up: vs. Penn State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

3. Northwestern (7-2, 3-2; LW: No. 3) -- With a win Saturday and a Nebraska loss, the Wildcats can make a case for what would be their first outright Big Ten championship since 1995. Next up: at Michigan, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

4. Penn State (6-3, 3-1; LW: No. 4) -- Bill O'Brien's resilient squad racked up a season-high 506 offensive yards in a 34-9 shellacking over Purdue. I'd say this was a good way to bounce back after its first conference loss of the year. Next up: at Nebraska, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

5. Michigan (6-3, 4-1; LW: No. 5) -- Denard Robinson didn't play and the Wolverines received their best passing performance of the season by Devin Gardner, a converted wide receiver. That should say something about the throwing ability of Robinson and the future of Michigan's offense. Next up: vs. Northwestern, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

6. Michigan State (5-5, 2-4; LW: No. 6) -- The Spartans lost to a good Nebraska team by four. They're struggling, but with wins over Wisconsin and Indiana, there's no where for them to drop. Next up: BYE

7. Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2; LW: No. 7) -- Starting quarterback Joel Stave was lost for the season due to injury, so either Danny O'Brien or Curt Phillips will be in charge of leading the Badgers to the conference title game. Next up: at Indiana, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

8. Indiana (4-5, 2-3; LW: No. 10) -- Don't look now, but an upset win over Wisconsin would bring the Hoosiers to a tie for the Leaders division. And they'd hold the tiebreaker. Next up: vs. Wisconsin, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

9. Minnesota (5-4, 1-4; LW: No. 8) -- The then-ranked No. 7 pass defense in the nation let a converted wide receiver throw for 234 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 completions. Time to regroup, Gophers. Next up: at Illinois, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

10. Iowa (4-5, 2-3; LW: No. 9) -- Iowa has a losing record for the first time since 2007, and could very well end the season under .500 with games against Michigan and Nebraska remaining. Next up: vs. Purdue, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

11. Purdue (3-6, 0-5; LW: No. 11) -- The Boilermakers have lost five straight and there may be a vacant coaching position in the near future.

12. Illinois (2-7, 0-5; LW: No. 12) -- Could Illinois go 2-12? That's looking more and more inevitable with each and every week. Tim Beckman may want to consider going back to Toledo. Next up: vs. Minnesota, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

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