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Big Ten Power Rankings - Week 13

Don’t mind me. Just popping in to say hello

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

With Chris L. on new dad duty for the second time, I duck in to handle this week’s edition of Big Ten Power Rankings and hopefully we’re not too far apart on our opinion

1. Ohio State

Welp. Ohio State went out in “The Game” this weekend and reminded everyone that despite its faults, it’s still extremely talented.

2. Michigan


3. Penn State

It took about an entire season, but the Nittany Lions finally played a complete game on Saturday and smacked up on their neighbors to the south.

4. Northwestern

Injuries aside, the Wildcats looked lackluster on the way to an eight-point victory over lowly Illinois. Maybe they were looking ahead to the B1G Championship game which Penn State fans should hope OSU puts away by halftime.

5. Iowa

The Hawkeyes got by Nebraska by the skin of their teeth. Do Hawks have teeth? Well, you know what I mean.

6. Michigan State

This is where the conference gets really, really bad.

7. Purdue

The Boilermakers grabbed Indiana state supremacy, whatever that’s worth, en route to becoming bowl eligible for the second consecutive season.

8. Minnesota

Awwww yeah. You bring that giant axe back to the Land of 10,000 lakes!

9. Wisconsin

Casual reminder that some people thought this team was a playoff contender. Yikes.

10. Nebraska

It’s sort of a sad state of affairs when you’re happy about finishing the season 4-8, but the Huskers were clearly better over the last half, going 4-2 down the stretch/

11. Indiana

It may not quite be time to hit the reset button in Bloomington. But while Nebraska and Minnesota seem to be on the rise, the Hoosiers seem to be stagnating.

12. Maryland

I was all aboard the “keep Matt Canada” train heading into this weekend and then he decided to kick a field goal down 24-3 and inside the Penn State 30 on Saturday. Woof.

13. Illinois

The Illini sorta almost beat the Big Ten West champs and then gave Lovie a new contract because of it!

14. Rutgers

So close! But yet so far away. Poor Rutgers. Hire Jeff Monken.