B1G Power Rankings: Fourth Edition

The two major games of last weekend, Ohio State at Michigan State and Wisconsin at Nebraska turned out to be two, very competitive games. The top four remained the same but last weekend showed some potential contenders (Iowa) and a real pretender (Minnesota.) Look for Ohio State and Penn State to play spoiler as the weeks go on and see if Michigan State and Wisconsin can bounce back after tough losses.

1. Ohio State (5-0)- Maybe conference play woke the silver bullets up as they held Le’Veon Bell in check.  Now, the Buckeyes welcome Nebraska into Columbus for another big time conference showdown.
2. Northwestern (5-0)- Northwestern broke into the top 25 this week (#24) after their 44-29 victory over Indiana. They are off this weekend but face a tough test at Happy Valley in two weeks.
3. Nebraska (4-1)- Wearing a pretty snazzy alternate jersey, the Cornhuskers faced two 17 point deficits versus Wisconsin on Saturday. The ‘Huskers prevailed behind a great performance by a much improved Taylor Martinez. They’ll try to ride the momentum into the ‘Shoe this weekend.
4. Purdue (3-1)- The Boilermakers survived a shootout versus the Thundering Hurd of Marshall and face a big test this weekend against Denard Robinson and the Wolverines.
5. Michigan (2-2)- Coming off of a bye week, TTUN travels to Purdue in a game to see if either team is legitimate.
6. Michigan State (3-2)- Sparty lost another game at home but, they should bounce back against Indiana this week to notch their first conference win.
7. Penn State (3-2)- Defeating Illinois does not get Penn State brownie points, but their offense continues to improve each and every week under Head Coach Bill O’Brien.
8. Iowa (3-2)- Iowa woke up at just the right time to defeat an undefeated and overrated Minnesota team. They have an extra week to prepare before heading off to East Lansing for a real test.
9. Wisconsin (3-2)- Wisconsin jumped off to a fast start against Nebraska on national television, but could not seal the deal. Their offense should get back on track versus Illinois this week.
10. Minnesota (4-1)- Minnesota had a chance to put themselves on the B1G map, but they got embarrassed by a sputtering Iowa Hawkeye team. Now, there just back to being Minnesota.
11. Indiana (2-2)- After starting 2-0, the Hoosiers are coming off back to back losses and now have to travel to an angry Michigan State team. Awful spot for Indiana here.
12. Illinois (2-3)- Illinois’ defense is horrid as they have allowed 139 points to three FBS opponents. Expect the same as they travel to Wisconsin, who is coming off of a tough loss.

Compare with last week and feel free to discuss…


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