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Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State and Maryland Impress to Move Up

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State and Maryland Impress to Move Up

2019-09-10 13:36:001 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins scores against Cincinnati. (Image Source: Joe Maiorana/USA TODAY)

The Big Ten rankings following Week 2:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (2) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Cincinnati 42-0

It was a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, as J.K. Dobbins (141 yards, 8.3 YPC, 2 TDs) had his highest yards per carry since his fabulous freshman season.

What’s Next: @ Indiana (12:00/FOX)

2. Michigan Wolverines (1) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Army 24-21 (2 OT)

Michigan survived, barely, and were fortunate to leave with a win. While the D was solid, the offense struggled to move the ball. At times, the O-line was overmatched.   

What’s Next: 9/21: @ Wisconsin (12:00/FOX)

3. Michigan State Spartans (3) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Western Michigan 51-17

They do play offense in East Lansing! Breakout games for QB Brian Lewerke (314 yards, 3 TDs), WR Darrell Stewart (185 yards), and RB Elijah Collins (192 yards).

What’s Next: vs. Arizona State (4:00/FOX)

4. Iowa Hawkeyes (4) 2-0 (1-0): Won vs. Rutgers 30-0

Ihmir Smith-Marsette caught four passes for 113 yards and two TDs to give him three on the season. Four Iowa wide outs have scored compared to three last year.

What’s Next: @ Iowa State (4:00/FS1)

5. Penn State Nittany Lions (5) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Buffalo 45-13

Sean Clifford had five completions of 23-plus yards, including four TDs, but their running backs had no runs of longer than 10 yards on 11 rushes (3.5 YC by RBs).  

What’s Next: vs. Pittsburgh (12:00/ABC)

6. Wisconsin Badgers (6) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Central Michigan 61-0

Big game for Quinten Cephus (6 receptions, 130 yards, 2 TDs) who makes a deep stable of pass catchers even deeper, while the D pitched a second-straight shutout.

What’s Next: 9/21: vs. Michigan (12:00/FOX)

7. Maryland Terrapins (9) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Syracuse 63-20

Is this the B1G’s most explosive offense? Josh Jackson threw for 296 yards (3 TDs), as Javon Leake and Jake Funk combined for 201 yards (of 354) on 12 carries.

What’s Next: @ Temple (12:00/CBS Sports)

8. Minnesota Golden Gophers (8) 2-0 (0-0): Won @ Fresno State 38-35

The Gophers could easily be 0-2…but they’re not. For the second-straight week Minnesota found a way to win, not something every team in the West can say.

What’s Next: vs. Georgia Southern (3:30/BTN)

9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (7) 1-1 (0-0): Lost @ Colorado 34-31

The Huskers blew a 17-point halftime lead in Boulder, gave up 24 fourth-quarter points, and lost another close game while looking like they were out-coached.    

What’s Next: vs. Northern Illinois (8:00/FS1)

10. Northwestern Wildcats (10) 0-1 (0-0): Idle  

With TJ Green out for the season, it’s clearly Hunter Johnson’s team. Green looked better in Week 1 but Johnson has the higher ceiling. The off week should help.

What’s Next: vs. UNLV (3:30/BTN)

11. Purdue Boilermakers (11) 1-1 (0-0): Won vs. Vanderbilt 42-24    

Monster games from Elijah Sindelar (509 yards, 5 TDs) and Rondale Moore (13 receptions, 220 yards), who was spectacular again, in a game Purdue needed.

What’s Next: vs. TCU (7:30/BTN)

12. Indiana Hoosiers (12) 2-0 (0-0): Won vs. Eastern Illinois 52-0

Both B1G schools from the state of Indiana went over 400 yards through the air, as Michael Penix (197 yards) and Peyton Ramsey (226) each threw two TD passes.

What’s Next: vs. Ohio State (12:00/FOX)

13. Illinois Fighting Illini (13) 2-0 (0-0): Won @ Connecticut 31-23

Without Reggie Corbin and Mike Epstein the run game stumbled (3.7 YPC), but Brandon Peters was effective in the red zone, where he threw three of his four TDs.

What’s Next: vs. Eastern Michigan (12:00/BTN)

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14) 1-1 (0-1): Lost @ Iowa 30-0

So, about that passing game progress. Rutgers quarterbacks combined to go 9 of 26 for 41 yards and two interceptions. This offense is going nowhere fast.   

What’s Next: 9/21: vs. Boston College (12:00/BTN)

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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