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)
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.