Big Ten Power Rankings

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 6

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

6. Michigan State (3-2, 0-1, LW: No. 2) – The defense gave up a couple of big plays and Le’Veon Bell had a rough game. The Spartans need a win in Bloomington to right their (overhyped) ship. 
Next up: at Indiana, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

5. #24 Northwestern (5-0, 1-0, LW: No. 6) – Northwestern survived after building a huge lead against Indiana. The Wildcats’ versatile stud Kain Colter compiled nearly 300 yards on offense and 4 TDs.
Next up: at Penn State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

4. Purdue (3-1, 0-0, LW: No. 5) – The Boilermaker secondary returned two interceptions for touchdowns to top Marshall.  QB Denard Robinson comes to town next with the biggest game of their season, Wisconsin, on the horizon.
Next up: vs Michigan, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

3. #21 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0, LW: No. 4) – The Huskers defeated the Badgers in Lincoln Saturday night in the best matchup of the weekend. The three-headed monster of QB Taylor Martinez and RBs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead pounded the ball against the Wisconsin D with good success.
Next up: at #12 Ohio State, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).

2. Michigan (2-2, 0-0, LW: No. 1) – Michigan had a bye week after their turnover debacle at Notre Dame. The Wolverines face a stiff test this weekend as coach Brady Hoke hopes to get their Big Ten campaign off on the right foot.
Next up: at Purdue, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

1. #12 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0, LW: No. 3) – Ohio State earned my respect in a gutty win in East Lansing. Dual threat QB Braxton Miller did it on the ground and through the air (on occasion) to get the victory over Michigan State. If the Buckeyes inconsistent play and poor tackling is behind them they may run the table. I doubt it.
Next up: vs #21 Nebraska, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).

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