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Big Ten Power Rankings — Week 7

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The Big Ten looks really average.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

1. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0)

The Nittany Lions were off this week as they prepare for a three-game stretch of Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State. The next trio of games will tell us if the Nittany Lions are true contenders for a national championship.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0)

Ohio State fans were chanting “Beat Penn State” as the Buckeyes were walking off the field.

It appears as though it’s time to remind them who the Champ is.

3. Wisconsin Badgers (6-0, 3-0)

I like Purdue more than most, but you would have liked to seen a better performance from the Badgers. Still, this team finishing the regular season undefeated remains a real possibility. The toughest games remaining are Iowa and Michigan, which both will have to travel to Camp Randall.

4. Michigan State Spartans (5-1, 3-0)

Up 30-13 in the fourth quarter, the Spartans somehow allowed Minnesota to score two touchdowns, making the final score 30-27. It’s okay though, not like I had a four-team parlay that loss because Michigan State couldn’t cover -4. No, seriously, I’m fine. I’m not even mad. I think it’s funny.

5. Michigan Wolverines (5-1, 2-1)

Sounding like a broken record at this point, but Michigan’s offense is B A D. I consider myself a Harbaugh stan, but there’s no reason this offense shouldn’t be at least mediocre.

6. Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2)

The Hawkeyes got kind of screwed that their three Big Ten East crossover games are Penn State, Michigan State, and Ohio State. This team will be better than their final record indicates.

7. Purdue Boilermakers (3-3, 1-2)

Recap of the Wisconsin-Purdue game:

Wisconsin: “Here, take the game.”

Purdue: “Nah.”

Wisconsin: “No, seriously, here you go.”

Purdue: “Nah.”

8. Indiana Hoosiers (3-3, 0-3)

The Hoosiers started their Big Ten slate with Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan, so this isn’t your normal 3-3 team. Unfortunately for Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin still await.

9. Northwestern Wildcats (3-3, 1-2)

Maryland isn’t very good.

10. Maryland Terrapins (3-3, 1-2)

With the loss to Northwestern, it’s tough to see Maryland making it back to a bowl game.

11. Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3)

PJ Fleck will win at Minnesota eventually...just not this year.

12. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4, 2-2)

Scott Frost’s offense is firing on cylinders, as UCF put up 63 points on East Carolina.

13. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2)

Chris Ash finally won a Big Ten game! Congrats!

14. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4, 0-3)

Lovie Smith coached in a Super Bowl, and now he’s losing at home to Rutgers. Bruh.