Big Ten Power Rankings

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FanIQ Big 10 Power Rankings: Week 7

12. Illinois (2-4, 0-2 B10, LW: No. 12) – The Illini were in the game against Wisconsin until the 4th quarter. QB Nathan Scheelhaase gave fans a glimpse of what he can do but the rest of the team needs to step it up.
Next up: at #25 Michigan, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN or ABC).

11. Indiana (2-3, 0-2, LW: No. 11) – Indiana had Michigan State on the ropes until a 2nd half collapse ended their upset bid. QB Cameron Coffman put up great numbers against the toughest defense he’s seen yet.
Next up: vs #8 Ohio State, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

10. Minnesota (4-1, 0-1, LW: No. 10) – The bye week came at a nice time for the Gophers as they hope their QB MarQueis Gray will be able to return for their Big Ten opener. Their defense needs to show some resolve after being called out by head coach Jerry Kill.
Next up: vs Northwestern, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

9. Iowa (3-2, 1-0, LW: No. 9) – The bye week may have come at a bad time for a Hawkeye team that finally had some momentum in its favor. RB Mark Weisman looks to continue his torrid stretch in East Lansing.
Next up: at Michigan State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

8. Purdue (3-2, 0-1, LW: No. 4) – Michigan had their way with the Purdue defense as the Boilers need to go back to the drawing board to prepare for their biggest game of the year.  The only positive was the return of fan favorite QB Robert Marve.  A win against Wisconsin will do wonders for a team that needs to believe it can get to Indy (no matter if they deserve it or not).
Next up: vs Wisconsin, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

7. Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1, LW: No. 7) – QB Joel Stave threw for 2 TDs and offensive sidekicks RB Montee Ball and WR Jared Abbrederis chipped in good performances as well.  Wisconsin looks to put itself in the driver’s seat for the Leaders division as they face their only roadblock to Indy.
Next up: at Purdue, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

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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