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Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan Crushes Michigan State, Iowa Hands Minnesota First Loss

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan Crushes Michigan State, Iowa Hands Minnesota First Loss

2019-11-20 14:08:09

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson. (Image Source: Tony Ding/Associated Press)

The Big Ten rankings following Week 12:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (1) 10-0 (7-0): Won @ Rutgers 56-21

Ohio State has won their first ten games by at least 24 points, the first team to do so since Nebraska in 1972, the only teams accomplish that feat in the past 100 years.

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

2. Penn State Nittany Lions (2) 9-1 (6-1): Won vs. Indiana 34-27

Not always efficient but they’re explosive. Three different players had runs of at least 19 yards and five had receptions of 15-plus yards (16.3 yards per completion).   

What’s Next: @ Ohio State (12:00/FOX)

3. Michigan Wolverines (3) 8-2 (5-2): Won vs. Michigan State 44-10

Shea Patterson set a school record for passing yards against MSU with 384 yards and four TDs, as five Wolverines had catches of 22-plus yards (seven with 15-plus).

What’s Next: @ Indiana (3:30/ESPN)

4. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4) 9-1 (6-1): Lost @ Iowa 23-19

The run ends in Iowa City, as the O-line had trouble holding up. It was a great effort from Tanner Morgan (368 yards) and his receivers (Ty Johnson had 170 yards).     

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

5. Wisconsin Badgers (5) 8-2 (5-2): Won @ Nebraska 37-21

What a career for Jonathan Taylor. With 204 yards, Taylor (5,634 yards) broke Herschel Walker’s record for rushing yards by a player through their junior year.

What’s Next: vs. Purdue (4:00/FOX)

6. Iowa Hawkeyes (6) 7-3 (4-3): Won vs. Minnesota 23-19

The legend of Kinnick Stadium grows. The pass rush saved the secondary, as the Hawkeyes busted through for six sacks led by D-end A.J. Epenesa who had 2.5.         

What’s Next: vs. Illinois (12:00/BTN)

7. Indiana Hoosiers (7) 7-3 (4-3): Lost @ Penn State 34-27

The Hoosiers represented themselves as a ranked team, especially quarterback Peyton Ramsey who was 31 of 41 for 371 yards and a TD, with two rushing scores.

What’s Next: vs. Michigan (3:30/ESPN)

8. Illinois Fighting Illini (8) 6-4 (4-3): Open Week

Let’s appreciate the stunning turnaround. Since losing four straight, including a defeat to a directional Michigan school, the Illini are the hottest team in the West.

What’s Next: @ Iowa (12:00/BTN)

9. Michigan State Spartans (9) 4-6 (2-5): Lost @ Michigan 44-10

Mark Dantonio is handed his worst loss against rival Michigan, as the previous four losses to UM came by a combined 29 points. The Spartans look like a sinking ship.

What’s Next: @ Rutgers (12:00/FS1)

10. Nebraska Cornhuskers (10) 4-6 (2-5): Lost vs. Wisconsin 37-21

The Huskers deserve some credit for Jonathan Taylor’s record-setting career, as they are the first team since 2000 to allow 200 yards three times to the same player.

What’s Next: @ Maryland (3:30/BTN)

11. Purdue Boilermakers (11) 4-6 (3-4): Open Week

Purdue’s slim bowl hopes are on the line when they visit Madison on Saturday to take on a Wisconsin team that has beaten them in 13-straight games.    

What’s Next: @ Wisconsin (4:00/FOX)

12. Maryland Terrapins (12) 3-7 (1-6): Open Week

The Terps close out the season with Nebraska and Michigan State, both of which are 4-6, which means Maryland could be the ultimate spoiler in the Big Ten bowl picture.

What’s Next: vs. Nebraska (3:30/BTN)

13. Northwestern Wildcats (13) 2-8 (0-7): Won vs. Massachusetts 45-6

After scoring 38 points in their five previous games combined, Northwestern put up 45 on UMass, as freshman Evan Hull rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns.    

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

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14) 2-8 (0-7): Lost vs. Ohio State 56-21

Hey! Rutgers covered! In the previous three meetings with Ohio State, Rutgers managed a grand total of three points, while losing by an average of 54.3 points.

What’s Next: vs. Michigan State (12:00/FS1)

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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