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Big Ten Power Rankings: While Ohio State, Wisconsin & Penn State Win B1G, Michigan Gets Knocked Off
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10 Oct 2017 04:47 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Wisconsin runner Jonathan Taylor breaks away for touchdown. (Image Source: Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Big Ten power rankings following Week 6:

(1) Ohio State Buckeyes (3): 6-1 (3-0); Won vs. Maryland 62-14

That was an epic defensive performance as OSU held the Terps to 66 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes have scored over 50 points in three straight.  

Up Next: @ Nebraska

(2) Wisconsin Badgers (2): 5-0 (2-0); Won @ Nebraska 38-17

Not sure if Wisky will finish on top, but they won’t be tested for at least another month. Freshman Jonathan Taylor—249 rushing yards on 25 carries—wow!

Up Next: vs. Purdue

(3) Penn State Nittany Lions (4): 6-0 (3-0); Won @ Northwestern 31-7

The running game was slowed down in Evanston (38 carries, 95 yards), but the front seven controlled the line of scrimmage and had a shutout going for 58 minutes.

Up Next: vs. Michigan (10/21)

(4) Michigan Wolverines (1): 4-1 (1-1); Lost vs. Michigan State 14-10

The Wolverines committed five turnovers, which isn’t going to be good enough against anyone, rival or not. Michigan’s offense needs a lot of work all around.

Up Next: @ Indiana

(5) Michigan State Spartans (6): 4-1 (2-0); Won @ Michigan 14-10

While that was a vintage defensive-struggle upset win over a top-10 opponent by Sparty, when you win the turnover battle five to nothing you should cruise to a W.

Up Next: @ Minnesota

(6) Iowa Hawkeyes (5): 4-2 (1-2); Won vs. Illinois 45-16

Out-gained by the Illini (446-441), Iowa needed a fake punt (down 13-10 before halftime) and an 89-yard pick six (up 17-13 in the third) to take control of the game.  

Up Next: @ Northwestern (10/21)

(7) Purdue Boilermakers (8): 3-2 (1-1); Won vs. Minnesota 31-17

Overcoming four first-half turnovers, Elijah Sindelar was steady off the bench (248 yards, TD, 0 INTs) and the return of Markell Jones (58 yards, GW-TD) helped.

Up Next: @ Wisconsin

(8) Indiana Hoosiers (9): 3-2 (0-2); Won vs. Charleston Southern 27-0

The Hoosiers allowed zero passing yards. Yes, it was Charleston Southern, there was a downpour, and they attempted just 10 passes. But, still, zero passing yards.  

Up Next: vs. Michigan

(9) Nebraska Cornhuskers (12): 3-3 (2-1); Lost vs. Wisconsin 38-17

Outgained by 243 yards on the ground (353 to 110), the Huskers D was worn down as the game went on, giving up the final 21 points. They wish they were Wisky.

Up Next: vs. Ohio State

(10) Northwestern Wildcats (10): 2-3 (0-2); Lost vs. Penn State 31-7

Did I say the ‘Cats needed to fix their offensive line problems quickly? Well, they didn’t. Because of that they never had a chance against Penn State.   

Up Next: @ Maryland

(11) Maryland Terrapins (7): 3-2 (1-1); Lost @ Ohio State 62-14

Maybe I didn’t bail on the Terps too soon after all. Adding injury to insult, third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager was knocked out of the game by OSU.

Up Next: vs. Northwestern

(12) Minnesota Golden Gophers (11): 3-2 (0-2); Lost @ Purdue 31-17

They finally found their running game (227 yards), but Conor Rhoda managed just 101 yards through the air on 11 of 25 passing. Plus-two in turnovers and still lost.

Up Next: vs. Michigan State

(13) Illinois Fighting Illini (13): 2-3 (0-2); Lost @ Iowa 45-16

They moved the ball better than they have this season—246 yards passing, 200 yards rushing (30 carries)—but couldn’t overcome three interceptions.   

Up Next: vs. Rutgers

(14) Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14): 1-4 (0-2); Idle

Ranked last in the B1G in passing, the Knights could make a switch from Kyle Bolin to last year’s starter Giovanna Rescigno or to true freshman Johnathan Lewis.

Up Next: @ Illinois

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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