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Big Ten Power Rankings — Week 13

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Final power rankings of the year, and Rutgers is definitely last.

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1. Ohio State (11-1, 8-1)

Listen, I’m not saying I think Ohio State will get left out of the playoffs. But if Penn State wins in semi-impressive fashion next Saturday night, I would be incredibly nervous as a Buckeye fan.

2. Penn State (10-2, 8-1)

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3. Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2)

Wisconsin’s defense is no joke. Fortunately, its offense isn’t very good, and the Badgers could be without starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Regardless, should be an intriguing Big Ten Championship game.

4. Michigan (10-2, 7-2)

Jim Harbaugh’s tears taste delicious.

5. Iowa (8-4, 6-3)

I feel like this can be said about a lot of the Big Ten, but man is Iowa a weird team or what? Got absolutely boat raced in Happy Valley, then proceeded to upset No. 2 Michigan and clobbered a solid Nebraska team.

6. Nebraska (9-3, 6-3)

It wasn’t quite the finish Cornhusker fans might have hoped for, but I think if you told the Nebraska faithful before the season that they would finish 9-3, they probably would have been pretty happy with that.

7. Minnesota (8-4, 5-4)

The Golden Gophers are 2-20 in the last 22 years against Wisconsin. I mean, clearly Wisconsin is the superior program, but come on Minnesota, you should be much better than that.

8. Northwestern (6-6, 5-4)

Hi BSD commenters, I’ve noticed a lot of hate for Pat Fitzgerald. Can someone explain to me why I should hate him?

9. Indiana (6-6, 5-4)

Happy for our Hoosier brethren as they are going to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1990 and 1991.

10. Maryland (6-6, 3-6)

I poked some fun at Maryland’s wins last week, but in all honesty, credit to D.J. Durkin for getting the Terps to six wins.

11. Illinois (3-9 2-7)

Time for Lovie Smith to get to work on the recruiting trail because the talent is sorely lacking in the program.

12. Michigan State (3-9, 1-8)

Just watch Mark Dantonio’s reaction to another Penn State touchdown.

13. Purdue (3-9, 1-8)

Is it going to be P.J. Fleck?

14. Rutgers (2-10, 0-9)

If Rutgers was put into the FCS playoffs, how far do you think it would go?