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Big Ten Power Rankings - Week 7

Deep, deep sigh

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1. Ohio State

Another week, another Ohio State victory. I have to say though, the Buckeyes have not looked particularly exceptional to date. Sure, a win is a win, and in college football wins matter more than anything. But if OSU makes the playoffs (more likely than not at this point), I really feel like they’re going to get throttled.

2. Michigan

And just like that we have a new number two. Michigan left splattered Badger remains all over Ann Arbor, and coupled with Penn State’s loss, moves the Wolverines into the second spot.

3. Iowa

The Hawkeyes have quietly put together a 5-1 season so far, dismantling Indiana over the weekend. Watch out when Iowa comes to Happy Valley in a few weeks.

4. Michigan State

The big jump this weekend, as the Spartans proved that they’re still a dangerous team. Of course, I expect them to completely get stomped by Michigan this weekend, because that’s what the Spartans do to Penn State.

5. Purdue

The Boilermakers move up a bit in the rankings, after laying a beating on Illinois. Ask yourself this - if Penn State played Purdue this week, would you feel comfortable about it? I wouldn’t.

6. Penn State

Sigh. I guess this is a decent spot for Penn State. Perhaps this is just an overreaction to a bad loss, but I’m having a tough time shaking just how poorly the Lions played this weekend. I’d like to think this is still an 8 or 9 win team, but I am honestly shook right now. It’s not lit, fam.

7. Wisconsin

Similar to Penn State, Wisconsin started the season with high hopes, and have plummeted since then. A rout by Michigan does little to help the Badgers at this point, who are now fighting for the West crown.

8. Northwestern

Northwestern helped keep Nebraska winless, which is fun.

9. Maryland

Maryland did not go easy on Rutgers, but I’m still unsure as to the identity of the Terrapins.

10. Minnesota

The Gophers actually kept the game competitive against Ohio State, which is more than can be said for our #11 team.

11. Indiana

Iowa is not a bad team by any means, but they shouldn’t be 26 points better than Indiana. That being said, I fully expect the Hoosiers to give Penn State trouble this weekend.

12. Illinois

Guys, the bottom of the league is REALLY bad.

13. Rutgers

Like, really, really bad.

14. Nebraska

Some of the worst football I’ve seen.