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Big Ten Power Rankings - Week 12

And just like that, we’re down to the last week of the regular season

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1. Michigan

Indiana made a game of it against the Wolverines, but ultimately Michigan was too much. The Game is up next, and a spot in the playoffs is on the line.

2. Ohio State

More and more, I think maybe the Big Ten just isn’t all that great, Ohio State included. That being said, watch the Buckeyes go ahead and beat Michigan to mess things up.

3. Northwestern

A workaday win over Minnesota keeps the Wildcats in the top three.

4. Penn State

An extremely lackluster win over Rutgers doesn’t help Penn State’s stock in the Big Ten.

5. Iowa

Meanwhile Iowa goes ahead and destroys Illinois, moving them up the ranks.

6. Michigan State

Get. WRECKED. Sparty.

7. Wisconsin

The Badgers pulled off one of the more solid wins this weekend, taking down Purdue in overtime.

8. Purdue

The chaos continues, as they pushed Wisconsin as far as they could go, but couldn’t quite get the dub.

9. Nebraska

Nebraska is really going to get to 5-7 and back into a bowl bid, aren’t they?

10. Indiana

The Hoosiers gave Michigan all they could handle, but couldn’t quite seal the deal. Still, they had a better outing than Penn State did in Ann Arbor.

11. Maryland

In a roller coaster season, Maryland almost took down mighty Ohio State. They were a dropped pass on a two point conversion away from the upset. Will they bring extra angst into State College? Or will they show up defeated? Time will tell.

12. Minnesota

Were Purdue not so chaos-y, Minnesota would surely take the title this year.

13. Illinois

Holy wow Illinois! Lovie’s probably not going anywhere this season, but 63-0 is a bad look.

14. Rutgers

Rutgers got a D- effort from Penn State and still only managed 7 points. They’re one loss away from going 1-11, and winless in conference. Yowza.