Each Wednesday throughout the season we will release our Big Ten power rankings. These are voted on individually by the five members of our staff and then each team’s ranking is averaged to reach our power rankings. As these are simply power rankings, they are based on each team’s performance to date, not what happened last season or what will happen in the future.
*Black dash signifies previous week’s ranking
|Big Ten power rankings – Week 7|
|Team||Up/Dn||Last Week||This Week|
|1. Ohio State (6-0, 3-0)||Even||Beat #8 Wisconsin 30-23||Sat. at Penn State (4-2, 2-1), 8pm, ABC|
|2. Michigan (6-0, 3-0)||Even||Bye||Sat. vs Illinois (2-4, 1-2), 3:30pm, BTN|
|3. Nebraska (6-0, 3-0)||Even||Beat Indiana 27-22||Sat. vs Purdue (3-3, 1-2), 3:30pm, ABC|
|4. Wisconsin (4-2, 1-2)||Even||Lost to #2 OSU 23-30||Sat. at Iowa (5-2, 3-1), 12pm, ESPN|
|5. Penn State (4-2, 2-1)||Even||Bye||Sat. vs #2 Ohio St. (6-0, 3-0), 8pm, ABC|
|6. Iowa (5-2, 3-1)||Up 2||Beat Purdue 49-35||Sat. vs #10 Wisc. (4-2, 1-2), 12pm, ESPN|
|7. Minnesota (4-2, 1-2)||Up 2||Beat Maryland 31-10||Sat. vs Rutgers (2-5, 0-4), 12pm, ESPNU|
|8. Indiana (3-3, 1-2)||Down 1||Lost to #10 Nebraska 22-27||Sat. at N’western (3-3, 2-1), 12pm, BTN|
|9. Northwestern (3-3, 2-1)||Up 2||Beat MSU 54-40||Sat vs Indiana (3-3, 1-2), 12pm, BTN|
|10. Maryland (4-2, 1-2)||Down 4||Lost to Minnesota 10-31||Sat. vs MSU (2-4, 0-3), 7:30pm, BTN|
|11. Michigan State (2-4, 0-3)||Down 1||Lost to Northwestern 40-54||Sat at Maryland (4-2, 1-2), 7:30pm, BTN|
|12. Illinois (2-4, 1-2)||Up 1||Beat Rutgers 24-7||Sat at #3 Michigan (6-0, 3-0), 3:30pm, BTN|
|13. Purdue (3-3, 1-2)||Down 1||Lost to Iowa 35-49||Sat. at #8 Nebraska (6-0, 3-0), 3:30pm, ABC|
|14. Rutgers (2-5, 0-4)||Even||Lost to Illinois 7-24||Sat. at Minnesota (4-2, 1-2), 12pm, ESPNU|
The top four remain exactly the same as last week with Ohio State at 1.2, Michigan 1.8, Nebraska 3.4, and Wisconsin 3.6, while Penn State remains fifth, but slips from 5.2 to 5.8. That means Michigan has received one first place vote, while two of the five of us believe Wisconsin should still be higher than Nebraska despite a pair of losses to Michigan and Ohio State. We will find out a lot more about Nebraska in the next three weeks when they visit both Wisconsin and Ohio State. Penn State, meanwhile, hosts Ohio State this Saturday.
Iowa, Minnesota, and Northwestern each move up two spots after wins over Purdue, Maryland, and Michigan State, respectively. Indian drops once spot to eighth after a close loss to Nebraska, while Maryland takes the biggest tumble of the week following a three touchdown loss to Minnesota. Michigan State continues its descent, dropping for the fourth straight week, all the way to 11th. Finally, Illinois and Purdue swap spots and Rutgers remains at the bottom. Both Illinois and Purdue face tough road games against top 10 opponents, Michigan and Nebraska, so Rutgers has a chance to move out of the basement with a win over Minnesota.