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Big Ten Power Rankings — Week 11

Thanks, Iowa.

Michigan v Iowa Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

1. Ohio State (9-1, 6-1)

Back-to-back weeks of putting up 62 points has answered any and all questions about Ohio State’s struggling offense. We’ll see what happens in two weeks, but I don’t know how an 11-1 Buckeyes squad — even without a conference championship — isn’t playoff-bound.

2. Michigan (9-1, 6-1)

Tough loss for the Wolverines, but it doesn’t really change all that much for them. If it wins out, Michigan is your Big Ten East champion.

3. Penn State (8-2, 6-1)

Statistically speaking, the Nittany Lions have the best chance to win the Big Ten East. Buckle up, folks.

4. Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2)

After a thrashing of Illinois, only Purdue and Minnesota now stand in the way of Wisconsin winning the Big Ten West.

5. Nebraska (8-2, 5-2)

Credit to Nebraska for bouncing back this week, beating Minnesota 24-17. Pretty good chance this team ends the year 10-2.

6. Iowa (6-4, 4-3)

“Iowa” really is a beautiful name for a girl.

7. Northwestern (5-5, 4-3)

The Wildcats picked up an easy victory over Purdue as they inch their way to bowl eligibility.

8. Minnesota (7-3, 4-3)

After four weeks of relatively easy games, things got much tougher for the Golden Gophers, which now don’t control their destiny in the Big Ten West.

9. Indiana (5-5, 3-4)

Even though Penn State managed to score 45 points, the Hoosiers defense is greatly improved. Kevin Wilson is certainly building a solid program at Indiana.

10. Maryland (5-5, 2-5)

The Terrapins lost to Michigan and Ohio State by a combined score of 121-6.

11. Illinois (3-7, 2-5)

After upsetting (?) Michigan State last week, the Illini got blown out against Wisconsin on Saturday.

12. Purdue (3-7, 1-6)

The Boilermakes defense has allowed their opponents to score 151 points the last three weeks. That’s not good.

13. Michigan State (3-7, 1-6)

The Spartans notched their first Big Ten victory of the year, which is not something I expected to be typing in the middle of November.

14. Rutgers (2-8, 0-7)

Guys, come on.