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. Ohio State (9-1, 6-1)||Up 1||Beat Maryland 62-3||Sat. at MSU (3-7, 1-6), 12pm, ESPN|
|2. Michigan (9-1, 6-1)||Down 1||Lost at Iowa 13-14||Sat. vs Indiana (5-5, 3-4), 3:30pm, ESPN|
|3. Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2)||Even||Beat Illinois 48-3||Sat. at Purdue (3-7, 1-6), 12pm, ABC|
|4. Penn State (8-2, 6-1)||Even||Beat Indiana 45-31||Sat at Rutgers (2-8, 0-7), 8pm, BTN|
|5. Nebraska (8-2, 5-2)||Even||Beat Minnesota 24-17||Sat. vs Maryland (5-5, 2-5), 12pm, ESPNN|
|6. Iowa (6-4, 4-3)||Up 3||Beat #3 Michigan 14-13||Sat. at Illinois (3-7, 2-5), 12pm, BTN|
|7. Minnesota (7-3, 4-3)||Down 1||Lost at #19 Neb. 17-24||Sat. vs N’western (5-5, 4-3), 3:30pm, BTN|
|8. Indiana (5-5, 3-4)||Down 1||Lost to #10 PSU 31-45||Sat. at #3 Michigan (9-1, 6-1), 3:30pm, ESPN|
|9. Northwestern (5-5, 4-3)||Down 1||Beat Purdue 45-17||Sat at Minnesota (7-3, 4-3), 3:30pm, BTN|
|10. Maryland (5-5, 2-5)||Even||Lost to #5 OSU 3-62||Sat. at #18 Neb. (8-2, 5-2), 12pm, ESPNN|
|11. Michigan State (3-7, 1-6)||Up 2||Beat Rutgers 49-0||Sat vs #2 OSU (9-1, 6-1), 12pm, ESPN|
|12. Illinois (3-7, 2-5)||Down 1||Lost at #7 Wisc. 3-48||Sat vs Iowa (6-4, 4-3), 12pm, BTN|
|13. Purdue (3-7, 1-6)||Down 1||Lost to N’western 17-45||Sat. vs #7 Wisc. (8-2, 5-2), 12pm, ABC|
|14. Rutgers (2-8, 0-7)||Even||Lost to MSU 0-49||Sat. vs #8 PSU (8-2, 6-1), 8pm, BTN|
After holding the top spot for three weeks, Michigan falls back to two after a heartbreaking 14-13 loss at Iowa. Ohio State regains top billing, which the Buckeyes held for the first seven weeks of the season. Wisconsin, Penn State, and Nebraska remain in the same order from three to five after wins over Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota, respectively. Interestingly, the top five all face opponents ranked in the bottom half of the conference this Saturday.
Iowa takes the biggest leap of the week, moving up three spots after shocking Michigan. They leap ahead of Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern, all of whom moved down one spot. Maryland remains in the 10th spot despite a 62-3 loss to Ohio State — the second straight week the Terrapins have remained the same after losing big. I guess that says a lot about the bottom four. Speaking of, Michigan State avoided the Big Ten cellar, proving that they’re better than at least one team in the conference with a 49-0 win over Rutgers. Illinois and Purdue each dropped a spot after losing to Wisconsin and Northwestern, while Rutgers remains in distant last with all five last-place votes for the fifth straight week.
Three of the bottom four face top-10 opponents this Saturday with Michigan State hosting 2nd-ranked Ohio State, Purdue hosting 7th-ranked Wisconsin, and Rutgers hosting 8th-ranked Penn State.