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).

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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