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Big Ten Power Rankings: Wisconsin Badgers Continue to Roll, Penn State Gets Quality Road Win

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Wisconsin Badgers Continue to Roll, Penn State Gets Quality Road Win

2019-10-16 14:19:161 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Wisconsin cornerback breaks up pass versus Michigan State. (Image Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Big Ten rankings following Week 7:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (1) 6-0 (3-0): Open Week

Midway through the 2019 season, the Ryan Day/Justin Fields era is off to a stellar start in Columbus with their toughest three opponents still to come.

What’s Next: (Friday) @ Northwestern (8:30/FS1)

2. Wisconsin Badgers (2) 6-0 (3-0): Won vs. Michigan State 38-0

The Wisconsin defense pitches it’s fourth shutout of the season and they’ve scored as many touchdowns as they’ve allowed through six games. I didn’t see that coming.   

What’s Next: @ Illinois (12:00/BTN)

3. Penn State Nittany Lions (3) 6-0 (3-0): Won @ Iowa 17-12

Their athletic defense was disruptive, but the offense really stumbled (3.8 yards per play), as they managed just 117 passing yards against the best defense they’ve faced.

What’s Next: vs. Michigan (7:30/ABC)

4. Michigan Wolverines (4) 5-1 (3-1): Won @ Illinois 42-25

The Wolverines had two freshmen running backs go over 100 yards in Zach Charbonnet (116 yards, 6.4 YPC) and Hassan Haskins (125 yards, 10.4 YPC).

What’s Next: @ Penn State (7:30/ABC)

5. Iowa Hawkeyes (5) 4-2 (1-2): Lost vs. Penn State 17-12

The defense was really good and the offense was much better than they were in Ann Arbor, but it still wasn’t enough, as the Hawkeyes lost another close game.   

What’s Next: vs. Purdue (12:00/ESPN2)

6. Minnesota Golden Gophers (7) 6-0 (3-0): Won vs. Nebraska 34-7

Rodney Smith, Shannon Brooks, and Mohamed Ibrahim all rushed for at least 84 yards and over 5.6 yards per carry for a total of four rushing TDs between the trio.

What’s Next: @ Rutgers (3:30/BTN)

7. Michigan State Spartans (6) 4-3 (2-2): Lost @ Wisconsin 38-0

Anyone besides Mark Dantonio think it’s stupid to question an offensive coaching staff that hasn’t scored in six quarters and was held to 2.9 yards per play at Wisky?

What’s Next: Open Week

8. Maryland Terrapins (8) 3-3 (1-2): Lost @ Purdue 40-14

The Terps aren’t built to play from behind. They averaged 7.1 yards per carry but trailing 13-0 early and 30-14 at the half, they ran just 26 times to 39 passes.  

What’s Next: vs. Indiana (3:30/BTN)

9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9) 4-3 (2-2): Lost @ Minnesota 34-7

The Huskers were out-rushed by 172, gave up four sacks, and produced no sacks in what may have been their worst effort of the season. Scott Frost needs to regroup.

What’s Next: Open Week

10. Indiana Hoosiers (10) 4-2 (1-2): Won vs. Rutgers 35-0

The game wasn’t even seven minutes old before the Hoosiers had a three-touchdown lead, as they out-gained Rutgers by 482 yards. They can smell a bowl.     

What’s Next: @ Maryland (3:30/BTN)

11. Purdue Boilermakers (12) 2-4 (1-2): Won vs. Maryland 40-14

What a bounce back game for Jack Plummer. A week after he was sacked 10 times, the redshirt freshman threw for a whopping 420 yards and three touchdowns.

What’s Next: @ Iowa (12:00/ESPN2)

12. Northwestern Wildcats (11) 1-4 (0-3): Open Week

After starting out 0-3, Northwestern needed an open week to regroup. That’s the good news. The bad news? They return to play host to Ohio State on Friday.

What’s Next: (Friday) vs. Ohio State (8:30/FS1)

13. Illinois Fighting Illini (13) 2-4 (0-3): Lost vs. Michigan 42-25

Unable to get the running game going (64 yards), the Illini somehow managed to rattle off 25-straight points against the Wolverines after falling behind 28-0.

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

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14) 1-5 (0-4): Lost @ Indiana 35-0

Oh, my goodness. Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan threw for one yard. One yard! On five completions! That’s 0.2 yards per completion. How are they this bad?

What’s Next: vs. Minnesota (3:30/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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