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Big Ten Power Rankings: While Michigan Wins Ugly, Ohio State Wins Big

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Big Ten Power Rankings: While Michigan Wins Ugly, Ohio State Wins Big

2019-10-08 13:38:091 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye had 2.5 of their eight sacks against Iowa. (Image Source: Marc Goldman/Getty Images)

The Big Ten rankings following Week 6:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (1) 6-0 (3-0): Won vs. Michigan State 34-10

The Buckeyes put up 296 yards of offense in the second quarter, which is more than MSU was allowing per game and the second-most by a team in a quarter this season.

What’s Next: Open Week

2. Wisconsin Badgers (2) 5-0 (2-0): Won vs. Kent State 48-0

Only one FBS team has scored a touchdown on every opening drive this season…it’s Wisconsin and every time it’s been Jonathan Taylor, who is on pace for 38 TDs.  

What’s Next: vs. Michigan State (3:30/BTN)

3. Penn State Nittany Lions (4) 5-0 (2-0): Won vs. Purdue 35-7

The Nittany Lions put up 28 points in the first 16 minutes with Sean Clifford accounting for all four touchdowns before putting it in cruise control.  

What’s Next: @ Iowa (7:30/ABC)

4. Michigan Wolverines (6) 4-1 (2-1): Won vs. Iowa 10-3

Don Brown’s blitzing defense really showed out with pressure (four turnovers), however the offense continues to sputter with no points in the final three quarters.

What’s Next: @ Illinois (12:00/ABC)

5. Iowa Hawkeyes (3) 4-1 (1-1): Lost @ Michigan 10-3

What happened to Iowa’s offense? They turned it over four times in the Big House (one prior), including three Nate Stanley interceptions, and allowed eight sacks.  

What’s Next: vs. Penn State (7:30/ABC)

6. Michigan State Spartans (5) 4-2 (2-1): Lost @ Ohio State 34-10

The offense often beat themselves with turnovers, dropped balls, and one key errant pass (sure TD), but I’m at a loss to explain 323 rushing yards allowed.

What’s Next: @ Wisconsin (3:30/BTN)

7. Minnesota Golden Gophers (7) 5-0 (2-0): Won vs. Illinois 40-17

Kudos to the defense, which held Illinois to just 91 rushing yards and 3.4 yards per carry. They gave up just three points, as both of the Illini’s TDs were defensive.

What’s Next: vs. Nebraska (7:30/FS1)

8. Maryland Terrapins (8) 3-2 (1-1): Won @ Rutgers 48-7

You want explosive? How about a 100-yard kickoff return and one-play scoring drives of 80, 80, and 42 yards? They rushed for 200 and threw for 290. Balanced.

What’s Next: @ Purdue (12:00/BTN)

9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9) 4-2 (2-1): Won vs. Northwestern 13-10

With the offense slogging along against the ‘Cats, freshman Wan’Dale Robinson saved the day with 123 receiving yards, 44 rushing yards, and their only touchdown.  

What’s Next: @ Minnesota (7:30/FS1)

10. Indiana Hoosiers (10) 3-2 (0-2): Open Week

With Rutgers coming to Bloomington this Saturday, the Hoosiers are a 27.5-point favorite. That’s the highest I’ve ever seen IU favored in a Big Ten game.    

What’s Next: vs. Rutgers (12:00/BTN)

11. Northwestern Wildcats (11) 1-4 (0-3): Lost @ Nebraska 13-10

The Wildcats started Aidan Smith (opened season as the third-string QB), but the results were the same, as they averaged a woeful 4.2 yards per pass (4.0 YPP).

What’s Next: Open Week

12. Purdue Boilermakers (12) 1-4 (0-2): Lost @ Penn State 35-7

Injured and depleted the Boilermakers didn’t stand a chance against PSU’s staunch defense, as Jack Plummer was sacked 10 times. Purdue finished with 104 yards.

What’s Next: vs. Maryland (12:00/BTN)

13. Illinois Fighting Illini (13) 2-3 (0-2): Lost @ Minnesota 40-17

This game was even uglier than the final score would indicate. The Illini averaged just 3.8 yards per play compared to 7.1 by the Gophers, who ran for 332 yards.    

What’s Next: vs. Michigan (12:00/ABC)

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14) 1-4 (0-3): Lost vs. Maryland 48-7

RU played without quarterback Artur Sitkowski and their best offensive player Raheem Blackshear who are likely to voluntarily sit out the rest of the season.

What’s Next: @ Indiana (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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