FanIQ Big Ten power rankings: Week 8
1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten; LW: No. 1) -- The good news: Braxton Miller is unreal, Ohio State is 7-0 and is a top-10 team, according to the AP Top 25. The bad news: Ohio State is ineligible for the postseason in a year where winning the Leaders division seems inevitable. Also, the defense has major problems as it allowed 49 points off 481 offensive yards to Indiana. Next up: vs. Purdue, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC).
2. Michigan (4-2, 2-0; LW: No. 2) -- Coming off their most complete performance of the year, the Wolverines have now won four of their last five games and are outscoring opponents 89-13 in Big Ten play. Now they must prove that they're back as a household name in the conference, as "little brother" has won the rivalry game four seasons in a row. Next up: vs. Michigan State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
3. Penn State (4-2, 2-0; LW: No. 3) -- A pair of surging teams square off when Penn State travels to Iowa this weekend. Both will be relying on their stingy defenses to help create plays for their respective offensive units and field position will be key. Next up: at Iowa, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
4. Nebraska (4-2, 1-1; LW: No. 4) -- The bye week was imperative for Bo Pelini's squad to recover from a beatdown in Columbus. Hopefully Taylor Martinez has a short memory. Next up: at Northwestern, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
6. Northwestern (6-1, 2-1; LW: No. 5) -- Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats jumped out to an early first-half lead and actually held onto it. With that win over Minnesota, they are now bowl el
7. Iowa (4-2, 2-0; LW: No. 9) -- Moving Mark Weisman from full back to running back has paid off in dividends for coach Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa offense. He, along with stellar defense and special teams play, has lifted the Hawkeyes from the Big Ten cellar and are beginning to see the light. Next up: vs. Penn State, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
8. Michigan State (4-3, 1-2; LW: No. 7) -- Yuck. That's the only word that comes to mind when I think of the Spartans' pass offense. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell completed a whopping 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) attempts in Sparty's 19-16 overtime loss at home to the Hawkeyes. Next up: at Michigan, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
9. Purdue (3-3, 0-2; LW: No. 8) -- The Boilermakers are falling apart. Since starting the season 3-1 — including a three-point loss to Notre Dame in South Bend — they are 0-2 and are being outscored 82-27. Next up: at Ohio State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC).
10. Minnesota (4-2, 0-2; LW: No. 10) -- MarQueis Gray injured himself again in his first game back since September 15, and the Gophers either hate the ball a lot or are just turnover prone. Next up: at Wisconsin, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
11. Indiana (2-4, 0-3; LW: No. 12) -- Scoring 49 points against Ohio State will and should always remove you from the last spot. Bloomington has something brewing with sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman, who has done an outstanding job replacing Tre Robinson under center. Next up: at Navy, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
12. Illinois (2-5, 0-3; LW: No. 11) -- Tim Beckman needs more Penn State players. Next up: BYE