1. Wisconsin Badgers (9-0)
Easy schedule? Sure, but the Badgers are taking care of business against teams they are better than, something the rest of the conference’s top teams can’t say.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2)
Wowza — 55-24. Saying the Buckeyes had a letdown following their win over Penn State, would be the understatement of the century. This team is still in control of the Big Ten East, but Ohio State’s College Football Playoff hopes most likely ended Saturday afternoon.
3. Michigan State Spartans (7-2)
Michigan State has itself a quarterback in Brian Lewerke. Sparty’s QB torched Penn State’s defense to the tune of 400 yards, helping the Spartans to a 27-24 victory. Michigan State will now travel to the Horseshoe in what’s setting up to be the Big Ten East title game.
4. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-2)
I said it about Michigan last year, and it rings true for the Nittany Lions now — Penn State fans will look back on 2017 thinking what could have been. Sure, Penn State will most likely finish 10-2, a fine result in James Franklin’s fourth year, but there could have been so much more.
5. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3)
College football world, we’ve been trying to tell that Kinnick Stadium is no joke. The Hawkeyes gave Ohio State a beatdown, and will now look to upset undefeated Wisconsin at Camp Randall. Oh, and Nathan Stanley has the makings of a very good quarterback.
6. Michigan Wolverines (7-2)
Although he wasn’t asked to do much of anything, the Brandon Peters era started in Michigan with a 33-10 victory over Minnesota. The Wolverines will close out the season with @Maryland, @Wisconsin, and Ohio State.
7. Northwestern Wildcats (6-3)
That’s four in a row for Northwestern, who are now bowl eligible for the third season in a row.
8. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-5)
Scott Frost and UCF survived the upset bid from SMU, beating the Mustangs 31-24.
9. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-5)
...is Rutgers secretly decent?
10. Maryland Terrapins (4-5)
Can’t lose to Rutgers, Durkin. Just can’t.
11. Indiana Hoosiers (3-6)
Best 3-6 team in the country!
12. Purdue Boilermakers (4-5)
The Boilermakers need two wins out of @Northwestern, @Iowa, and Indiana to get to a bowl game. Not likely, but with the way the Big Ten is going this year, who knows?
13. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-5)
Fleck just needs to continue to row the boat.
14. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-7)
It shouldn’t be this bad.