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Big Ten Power Rankings — Week 13

Wisconsin and Ohio State will battle for conference supremacy.

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

1. Wisconsin Badgers (12-0)

As it’s done all season, Wisconsin made easy work of its opponent, cruising to a 31-0 victory over Minnesota. Of course, the Badgers will have to pass a final test next week, as it’ll take on Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2)

This Ohio State team continues to run hot and cold. Whether it’s offensively or defensively, there’s quite a few holes in this squad. Will be interesting to see if Wisconsin can take advantage of those.

3. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)

...I’m definitely NOT upset. Nope, not me.

4. Northwestern Wildcats (9-3)

Northwestern blew out Illinois en route to another 9-3 season for Pat Fitzgerald and Co. Granted, the Wildcats probably aren’t as good as their record indicates — three of those victories were overtime wins — but this has to be deemed an extremely successful season for Northwestern.

5. Michigan State Spartans (9-3)

Credit to Mark Dantonio, as his program righted the ship just one year after going 3-9. This was a pretty young squad too, so Sparty should be right back in the Big Ten title picture again next season.

6. Michigan Wolverines (8-4)

With another loss to the Buckeyes, Jim Harbaugh falls to 0-3 against Urban Meyer. This was always going to be a rebuilding year, but Harbaugh will need to win next season, or the criticisms of his tenure in Ann Arbor will grow more legitimate.

7. Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)

H*ck yeah, Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers are going bowling. #BoilerUp

8. Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5)

Iowa dropped 56 points on Nebraska, this comes a week after scoring just 15 points against Purdue at home. Kirk Ferentz, you beautiful bastard.

9. Indiana Hoosiers (5-7)

The Hoosiers are probably a bowl team if they played in the Big Ten West, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

10. Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-7)

Minnesota’s offense in a word? Meh. PJ Fleck is going to have to find a quarterback.

11. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-8)

Seriously, if Nebraska doesn’t hire Scott Frost, it should just fold the program.

12. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-8)

Rutgers bad.

13. Maryland Terrapins (4-8)

Maryland bad.

14. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-10)

Illinois should fire Lovie Smith, and hire Bert Bielema.