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Big Ten Power Rankings: Wisconsin Knocks Off Minnesota to Set Up a Title-Game Tilt with Ohio State

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Wisconsin Knocks Off Minnesota to Set Up a Title-Game Tilt with Ohio State

2019-12-04 13:59:01

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Wisconsin’s Jack Coan attempts pass in the Minnesota snow. (Image Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Big Ten rankings following Week 14:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (1) 12-0 (9-0): Won @ Michigan 56-27

It was very impressive how the Buckeyes controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. J.K. Dobbins ran it down Michigan’s throat for 211 yards (4 TDs).

What’s Next: Big Ten Championship Game vs. Wisconsin

2. Penn State Nittany Lions (2) 10-2 (7-2): Won vs. Rutgers 27-6

We’ll excuse a ho-hum effort from the Nittany Lions to close out the season a week after they lost to Ohio State and a chance to win the Big Ten East (shot at playoffs).  

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

3. Wisconsin Badgers (5) 10-2 (7-2): Won @ Minnesota 38-17

Wisco held Minny sack-less, while the Badgers got to Tanner Morgan five times, led by Zack Baun (2 sacks). Excellent game from Jack Coan (280 yards, 2 TDs).

What’s Next: Big Ten Championship Game vs. Ohio State

4. Michigan Wolverines (3) 9-3 (6-3): Lost vs. Ohio State 56-27

Different year, same story, as the Wolverines dropped their eighth straight against their hated rival and for the second year in a row played as if defense was optional.  

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

5. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4) 10-2 (7-2): Lost vs. Wisconsin 38-17

After taking the early lead with a Rashod Bateman touchdown, the Gophers scored just three points over the next 51:39 before scoring a late cosmetic touchdown.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

6. Iowa Hawkeyes (6) 9-3 (6-3): Won @ Nebraska 27-24

Led by freshman Tyler Goodson (116 yards), the Hawkeyes brought their running game to Lincoln (225 yards), including a 45-yard run by Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

7. Indiana Hoosiers (7) 8-4 (5-4): Won @ Purdue 44-41 (OT)

It was a great year for IU, as they won their most games since 1993 and brought back the Ole Oaken Bucket behind a big game from Peyton Ramsey (5 TDs).

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

8. Michigan State Spartans (9) 6-6 (4-5): Won vs. Maryland 19-16

I won’t say kicker Matt Coghlin (4 FGs) saved their season, but missing out on a bowl due to a loss to a checked-out Maryland team would have been a disaster.  

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

9. Illinois Fighting Illini (8) 6-6 (4-5): Lost vs. Northwestern 29-10

The Illini ended the season in disappointing fashion, as fatal flaws were exposed in their loss to Northwestern, but they finally broke through to make a bowl game.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

10. Nebraska Cornhuskers (10) 5-7 (3-6): Lost vs. Iowa 27-24

The Huskers dropped their fifth game in the past six to miss bowl season yet again. Scott Frost’s team improved by one game, but appeared to have regressed.  

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

11. Purdue Boilermakers (11) 4-8 (3-6): Lost vs. Indiana 44-41 (OT)

They finally found a running game (181 yards) and put up nearly 600 yards, as third-string QB Aidan O’Connell went for 408 yards, but it was not enough.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

12. Maryland Terrapins (12) 3-9 (1-8): Lost @ Michigan State 19-16

After they scored 159 points in three out of conference games, the Terps finished with 144 points in Big Ten games, 96 points in the eight non-Rutgers games.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

13. Northwestern Wildcats (13) 3-9 (1-8): Won @ Illinois 29-10

The ‘Cats rumbled for 378 yards with two 100-yard rushers and the rush defense completely shut down the Illinois running game to prevent a winless B1G season.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14) 2-10 (0-9): Lost @ Penn State 27-6

The Scarlet Knights scored! More importantly, they scored off the field, as the school came to terms with Greg Schiano who has ushered the greatest era of RU football.

What’s Next: Regular Season Complete

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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