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 10|
|Team||Up/Dn||Last Week||This Week|
|1. Michigan (9-0, 6-0)||Even||Beat Maryland 59-3||Sat. at Iowa (5-4, 3-3), 8pm, ABC|
|2. Ohio State (8-1, 5-1)||Even||Beat #10 Neb. 62-3||Sat. at Maryland (5-4, 2-4), 3:30pm, ESPN|
|3. Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2)||Even||Beat N’western 21-7||Sat. vs Illinois (3-6, 2-4), 3:30pm, ESPN2|
|4. Penn State (7-2, 5-1)||Up 1||Beat Iowa 41-14||Sat at Indiana (5-4, 3-3), 12pm, ABC|
|5. Nebraska (7-2, 4-2)||Down 1||Lost at #6 OSU 3-62||Sat. vs Minn. (7-2, 4-2), 7:30pm, BTN|
|6. Minnesota (7-2, 4-2)||Up 3||Beat Purdue 44-31||Sat. at #19 Neb. (7-2, 4-2), 7:30pm, BTN|
|7. Indiana (5-4, 3-3)||Up 1||Beat Rutgers 33-27||Sat. vs #10 PSU (7-2, 5-1), 12pm, ABC|
|8. Northwestern (4-5, 3-3)||Down 2||Lost to #8 Wisc 7-21||Sat. at Purdue (3-6, 1-5), 12pm, BTN|
|9. Iowa (5-4, 3-3)||Down 2||Lost at #12 PSU 14-41||Sat vs. #3 Michigan (9-0, 6-0), 8pm, ABC|
|10. Maryland (5-4, 2-4)||Even||Lost at #3 Michigan 59-3||Sat. vs. #5 OSU (8-1, 5-1), 3:30pm, ESPN|
|11. Illinois (3-6, 2-4)||Up 1||Beat MSU 31-27||Sat at #7 Wisc. (7-2, 4-2), 3:30pm, ESPN2|
|12. Purdue (3-6, 1-5)||Up 1||Lost at Minnesota 31-44||Sat vs N’western (4-5, 3-3), 12pm, BTN|
|13. Michigan State (2-7, 0-6)||Down 2||Lost at Illinois 27-31||Sat. vs Rutgers (2-7, 0-6), 12pm, BTN|
|14. Rutgers (2-7, 0-6)||Even||Lost to Indiana 27-33||Sat. at MSU (2-7, 0-6), 12pm, BTN|
While there wasn’t much movement in last week’s power rankings, the middle of the conference shook up quite a a bit this week. The top three remained the same with Michigan capturing all five first-place votes, Ohio State taking four of the five second-place votes, and Wisconsin four of the five third-place votes. Penn State continued its ascent up the rankings with a 41-14 win over Iowa. It’s hard to believe that back in Week 4 — after Michigan beat Penn State 49-10 — the Nittany Lions ranked 10th in these power rankings. Now they’re 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings!
Nebraska dropped one spot in our power rankings after a 62-3 shellacking at the hands of Ohio State. They face an important matchup with Minnesota this Saturday. The Gophers made the biggest jump this week, up three spots after their fourth straight win. Northwestern and Iowa each fell two spots after losing to ranked teams — Wisconsin and Penn State, respectively, while Indiana moved up to seventh. The Hoosiers host Penn State this Saturday for a chance to become bowl eligible.
Maryland held serve in the 10th spot despite a 59-3 loss at Michigan. Illinois and Purdue both leapfrogged Michigan State after the Illini handed MSU their seventh straight loss. The Spartans are now 13th in our power rankings and host 14th-place Rutgers this Saturday to try to avoid being the last team without a conference win.