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Big Ten Power Rankings: Iowa and Penn State Survive Against Rivals

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Iowa and Penn State Survive Against Rivals

2019-09-18 13:43:061 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Iowa’s Brandon Smith had four catches in the Cy-Hawk game. (Image Source: Reese Strickland/USA TODAY)

The Big Ten rankings following Week 3:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (1) 3-0 (1-0): Won @ Indiana 51-10

The Buckeyes rushed for 306 yards (193 by J.K. Dobbins), had three touchdown passes, a pick six, and a blocked punt for a safety. It was OSU’s 25th-straight over IU.

What’s Next: vs. Miami (OH) (3:30/BTN)

2. Michigan Wolverines (2) 2-0 (0-0): Idle

UM probably needed the open week to clean things up offensively and get healthy, as tackle Jon Runyan and receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones have yet to play.

What’s Next: @ Wisconsin (12:00/FOX)

3. Iowa Hawkeyes (4) 3-0 (1-0): Won @ Iowa State 18-17

The Hawkeyes settled for four field goals and the defense gave up two touchdowns of over 50 yards through the air, which Iowa needs to fix. But they survived.

What’s Next: 9/28: vs. Middle Tennessee State

4. Penn State Nittany Lions (5) 3-0 (0-0): Won vs. Pittsburgh 17-10

Another B1G team that hung on to win against an in-state rival in their 100th meeting with Pitt. The Nittany Lions allowed 372 yards through the air.   

What’s Next: 9/27: @ Maryland (8:00/FS1)

5. Wisconsin Badgers (6) 2-0 (0-0): Idle

Through two games, the Badgers have scored 110 points, while the defense has yet to allow a single point. Are they for real? We will learn a lot about Wisky this week.

What’s Next: vs. Michigan (12:00/FOX)

6. Michigan State Spartans (3) 2-1 (0-0): Lost vs. Arizona State 10-7

This loss is on the coaching…every aspect. The offseason, the game planning, and the in-game decision making, as the Spartans gave this one away.  

What’s Next: @ Northwestern (12:00/ABC)

7. Maryland Terrapins (7) 2-1 (0-0): Lost @ Temple 20-17

Josh Jackson looked rattled and the O-line was overmatched. The Terps were stopped on fourth and goal three times, missed a FG, and had a fake FG stopped.

What’s Next: 9/27: vs. Penn State (8:00/FS1)

8. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9) 2-1 (0-0): Won vs. Northern Illinois 44-8

The Huskers rolled with 8.1 yards per play, including 7.2 yards per rush. Nebraska was the only B1G team to cover the point spread in nine out of conference games.     

What’s Next: @ Illinois (8:00/BTN)

9. Minnesota Golden Gophers (8) 3-0 (0-0): Won vs. Georgia Southern 35-32

Minnesota is 3-0 but they’ve won their three out-of-conference games (all against non-Power 5 teams) by a grand total of 13 points, including one in overtime.  

What’s Next: 9/28: @ Purdue

10. Northwestern Wildcats (10) 1-1 (0-0): Won vs. UNLV 30-14

The ‘Cats got the win but Hunter Johnson was just 12 of 25 passing with an INT, while it was surprising to see the run defense give up 210 rushing yards (5.8 YPC).  

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

11. Purdue Boilermakers (11) 1-2 (0-0): Lost vs. TCU 34-13    

Without Elijah Sindelar the offense managed just 13 points and 181 passing yards. Without Markus Bailey the defense allowed a whopping 346 yards on the ground.  

What’s Next: 9/28: vs. Minnesota

12. Indiana Hoosiers (12) 2-1 (0-1): Lost vs. Ohio State 51-10

Indiana averaged just 3.8 yards per play as Peyton Ramsey (19/33, INT) filled in for the injured Michael Penix. They dropped their 40th-straight against a top-10 foe.  

What’s Next: vs. UCONN (12:00/BTN)

13. Illinois Fighting Illini (13) 2-1 (0-0): Lost vs. Eastern Michigan 34-31

Offensively, the Illini did enough to win but the defense isn’t making the strides needed for Illinois to make a run at a bowl. It won’t get easier in conference play.

What’s Next: vs. Nebraska (8:00/BTN)

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14) 1-1 (0-1): Idle

As of Monday, starting quarterback McLane Carter had “improved significantly,” but “is still in the concussion protocol,” and he did not practice on Tuesday.

What’s Next: 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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