Big Ten Power Rankings

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 6

10/1/12 in NCAAF   |   HotToddy   |   7 respect

Through one week of Big Ten action, there is still much to be decided. But we can still have fun, right? My power rankings are a combination of a team’s play to this point and how I see them performing as the season progresses. That said, I see the Big Ten separating themselves into two packs: teams ranked 9-12 below will battle to stay out of the Big Ten basement and teams 1-8 all have a chance (minus Ohio State and Penn State) to compete for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis. Here are my updated power rankings:

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12. Illinois (2-3, 0-1 B10, LW: No. 9) – The Illini are not good. Penn State dominated Illinois as the only real fireworks for the home fans was the trash talking.
Next up: at Wisconsin, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2 or ABC).

11. Indiana (2-2, 0-1, LW: No. 12) – After trailing 27-0 early in the 3rd quarter, Indiana battled back to make a game of it against the freshly ranked Wildcats. Stiff competition comes to town the next two weeks.
Next up: vs Michigan State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

10. Minnesota (4-1, 0-1, LW: No. 8) – As anticipated here, Iowa brought the Gophers back to earth with a romping in Iowa City. QB Max Shortell struggled on the day tossing 3 interceptions as the rival Hawkeyes regained the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Minnesota gets a bye next week. 
Next up: vs Northwestern, Saturday, October 13th, 12 p.m. ET.

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9. Iowa
(3-2, 1-0, LW: No. 11) – The Hawkeyes will likely be up and down all year but RB Mark Weisman had his third straight 100 yard game and has 7 TDs in the past 3 games. Iowa gets a bye next week.
Next up: at Michigan State, Saturday, October 13th, 12 p.m. ET.

8. Penn State (3-2, 1-0, LW: No. 10) – The Nittany Lions have been solid after a shaky start to the season. The play of QB Matt McGloin has everything to do with their recent success as he has opened up the offense.
Next up: vs #24 Northwestern, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

7. Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1, LW: No. 7) – A late fumble ended the Badgers’ chances for a big time road win at Nebraska. Wisconsin controlled the game early on but is still having some trouble getting production from the QB position and struggling to open big holes for 2011 Heisman finalist Montee Ball.
Next up: vs Illinois, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN 2 or ABC).
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