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Big Ten Power Rankings - Week 6

They are who we thought they were

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1. Ohio State

No letdown here, as the Buckeyes rolled Indiana. Expect to see these guys at the top the rest of the way.

2. Penn State

For once, the Nittany Lions managed to win the bye week. As long as chaos reigns, PSU has a chance.

3. Michigan

The Wolverines looked very solid in their win over Maryland, setting up an intriguing showdown with our next team . . .

4. Wisconsin

. . . The Badgers. Wisconsin took care of business against hapless Nebraska, and will get to visit Ann Arbor with Game Day watching this week.

5. Iowa

The Hawkeyes jump into the top five after taking Minnesota down. If they continue their winning ways, expect to see them push into the top 25.

6. Purdue

The middle of the Big Ten is a jumble of good-not-great teams, including Purdue. By not losing due to the bye week, the Boilermakers climb a couple spots.

7. Michigan State

Sparty NO. MSU is really good in their run defense, and really bad at everything else. Should be an interesting game this weekend against Penn State.

8. Northwestern

A week after nearly toppling Michigan, the Wildcats did the thing against the little brother. From here on out, I expect Northwestern to just play spoiler to a bunch of teams.

9. Maryland

The Terrapins can’t seem to decide on an identity. Are they the team that beat a current top-10 Texas, and stomped Minnesota by 29 points? Or are they the team that lost to Temple? There’s no shame in losing to Michigan, but the game wasn’t competitive after the first quarter.

10. Indiana

Bless your hearts, Hoosiers, you really tried.

11. Minnesota

Three weeks ago I thought Minnesota had a chance at a top 25 ranking. Back-to-back losses to Maryland and Iowa have changed the trajectory of their season drastically.

12. Illinois

At least the Illini won one of their few gimme games this season.

13. Rutgers

I am really upset that Rutgers and Nebraska don’t play each other this season.

14. Nebraska

If Nebraska goes winless, will the sellout record break? Inquiring minds.