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Big Ten Power Rankings: How Far Do the Ohio State Buckeyes Drop?
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13 Sep 2017 05:43 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had a long night against Oklahoma. (Image Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Big Ten power rankings following Week 2:

(1) Michigan Wolverines (2): 2-0 (0-0); Won vs. Cincinnati 36-14

The Michigan defense scored as many points as they allowed while they limited Cincinnati to 3.3 yards per pass (2.9 yards per play). 

Up Next: vs. Air Force

(2) Wisconsin Badgers (3): 2-0 (0-0); Won vs. Florida Atlantic 31-14

A pair of newcomers top the century mark, as true freshman Jonathan Taylor goes off for 223 yards (3 TDs), complemented by transfer Chris James (101 yards).    

Up Next: @ BYU

(3) Ohio State Buckeyes (1): 1-1 (1-0); Lost vs. Oklahoma 31-16

At this point, Ohio State’s ability to throw the football and stop the other team from throwing the football is less than championship caliber.

Up Next: vs. Army

(4) Penn State Nittany Lions (4): 2-0 (0-0); Won vs. Pittsburgh 33-14

The Nittany Lions cruised to a relatively easy win over Akron, I mean, Pittsburgh. Is Penn State’s defense improved or Pitt that bad?   

Up Next: vs. Georgia State

(5) Iowa Hawkeyes (5): 2-0 (0-0); Won @ Iowa State 44-41 (OT)

I expected an Iowa win in Ames, but not how they got there. The offense was more explosive than anticipated and the defense not nearly as stout.   

Up Next:  vs. North Texas

(6) Michigan State Spartans (6): 2-0 (0-0); Won vs. Western Michigan 28-14

Sparty’s defense pitched a shutout as the Broncos scored their points on defense and special teams. WMU ran on USC (263 yards, 5.5 YPC) but not MSU (116, 3.2).

Up Next: vs. Notre Dame (9/23)

(7) Maryland Terrapins (8): 2-0 (0-0); Won vs. Towson 63-17

In his first career start, true freshman Kasim Hill completed 81.3 percent of his passes (13/16) and averaged 10.19 yards per attempt (163 yards).

Up Next: vs. UCF (9/23)

(8) Indiana Hoosiers (10): 1-1 (0-1); Won @ Virginia 34-17

A nice bounce back win. Freshman Patrick Ramsey stepped in for a struggling Richard Lagow and excelled (16/20, 173 yards, 2 TDs, 42 yards rushing, TD).

Up Next: FIU (Cancelled)

(9) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8): 1-1 (0-0); Lost @ Oregon 42-35

Nebraska won the second half 21-0 but how much stock can you put in that? They trailed 42-14 at intermission and scored a TD with 2:47 remaining. #Cosmetic.

Up Next: vs. Northern Illinois

(10) Minnesota Golden Gophers (11): 2-0 (0-0); Won @ Oregon State 48-14

The Gophers know who their quarterback is (Conor Rhoda named starter). They also know the less he throws (7/8, 158 yards, TD) the better.

Up Next: vs. Middle Tennessee State

(11) Northwestern Wildcats (7): 1-1 (0-0); Lost @ Duke 41-17

I fully expected Northwestern to lose at Duke, but I was shocked they were outscored by 24 points and outgained by a whopping 347 yards!

Up Next: vs. Bowling Green

(12) Purdue Boilermakers (12): 1-1 (0-0); Won vs. Ohio 44-21

I fully expected PU to win vs. Ohio, but I was surprised they won in blowout fashion. David Blough (3 TDs, 0 INTs) and Tario Fuller (142 yards) established themselves.

Up Next: @ Missouri

(13) Illinois Fighting Illini (14): 2-0 (0-0); Won vs. Western Kentucky 20-7

I was surprised that the Illini upset WKU and shocked that they held them to 244 total yards. Is the defense that much better or is Jeff Brohm that missed?

Up Next: @ USF

(14) Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13): 0-2 (0-0); Lost vs. Eastern Michigan 16-13

Why only 25 touches for Robert Martin and Gus Edwards Jr. (124 yards, 4.96 YPC) compared to 38 passes (17 completions, 2 INTs)? I need answers Mr. Ash.

Up Next: vs. Morgan State

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. You can reach him via email:

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