Big Ten Power Rankings

10/8/12 in NCAAF   |   HotToddy   |   7 respect

6. Michigan State (4-2, 1-1, LW: No. 6) – The Spartans avoided complete disaster as they shut down the Indiana offense in the 2nd half to complete their comeback. QB Andrew Maxwell had his best game of the year while RB Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 37 times with mild success (only 3.3 ypc) but picked up some huge first downs and got into the end zone twice.
Next up: vs Iowa, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

5. Nebraska (4-2, 1-1, LW: No. 3) – I LOVED the play calls down by the goal line where QB Taylor Martinez motioned to the slot and RB Rex Burkhead moved up under center before making plays as a ball carrier, option QB and lead blocker. Unfortunately, the Blackshirts (Nebraska’s defense) gave up 63 points to Ohio State. How will they respond against Northwestern after a much needed bye week?
Next up: at Northwestern, Saturday, October 20th, TBD.

4. Northwestern (5-1, 1-1, LW: No. 5) – It appeared that Northwestern had the game in hand with 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter at Penn State. The passing game was slowed by a stingy D  Northwestern can’t afford to slip up at Minnesota with Nebraska waiting in the wings.
Next up: at Minnesota, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

3. Penn State (4-2, 2-0, LW: No. 8) – A big jump in the Power Rankings QB Matt McGloin is having a career year and made all the clutch plays on Saturday. This is what the Nittany Lions are capable of when they get consistent production from their offense. Coach Bill O’Brien is hands down Coach of the Year barring a complete collapse.
Next up: at Iowa, Saturday, October 20th, 8 p.m. ET.

2. #25 Michigan (3-2, 1-0, LW: No. 2) – QB Denard Robinson rushed for 235 yards and Michigan controlled the game against Purdue from start to finish. Big Blue is back in the Top 25 and have their eyes set on a trip to Pasadena. The Wolverines look primed for Big Ten glory thanks to a tough non-conference slate.
Next up: vs Illinois, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN).

1. #8 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0, LW: No. 3) – Ohio State let the Huskers hang around for a while before completely destroying them and putting the rest of the Big Ten on notice. QB Braxton Miller set a personal high for single game rushing yards (186) and RB Carlos Hyde found pay dirt 4 times. The Buckeyes are back under the lights in what should be a snoozer. 
Next up: at Indiana, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
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