B1G Power Rankings: Fifth Edition

Ohio State put up 63 points on Nebraska in Braxton Miller’s prime time, coming out party. To counter that, Dennard Robinson ran for 235 yards on the Boilermaker’s defense. Northwestern fell two spots after suffering their first loss against Penn State in a shootout and the Nittany Lions jumped four spots after their victory. After Ohio State, there are a lot of average teams and it will be interesting to see who meets in Indianapolis for the B1G Title Game.

1. Ohio State (6-0)- It took a quarter, but the Buckeyes rolled at home versus Nebraska. Braxton Miller continues his Heisman campaign this weekend at Indiana

2. Michigan (3-2)- Shoelace ran all over Purdue last weekend and are now ranked #25 in the AP Poll. Expect the same this weekend versus the pitiful Illinois defense.

3. Penn State (4-2)-  Don’t look now, but the Nittany Lions have won 4 straight and Matt McGloin is really starting to grasp Bill O’Brien’s offense. They hope to continue playing the role of spoiler against Iowa.

4. Northwestern (5-1)- Well, Northwestern had to lose at some point and Pat Fitzgerald hopes to get his team back on track at Minnesota after falling late to Penn State.

5. Michigan State (4-2)- Sparty survived a scare at Indiana but they need to get their offense into gear (100th in the nation,) ASAP.

6. Nebraska (4-2)- Nebraska proved it yet again that they cannot stop the run. But the ‘Huskers get a week to lick their wounds before playing a tough Northwestern team.

7. Wisconsin (4-2)- Due to the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions bowl bans, Wisconsin takes on Purdue this weekend to see who should represent the Leaders Division in the B1G Championship Game.

8. Purdue (3-2)- After being taken to the woodshed by Michigan, the Boilermakers welcome Wisconsin into town for a game with major implications.

9. Iowa (3-2)- The Hawkeyes had an extra week to prepare for Michigan State’s running game. But the game is at East Lansing. Advantage Spartans.

10. Indiana (2-3)- Indiana was up 17-0 on Michigan State last weekend until Sparty woke up. They hope to catch Braxton and co. sleeping after their big win last weekend.

11. Minnesota (4-1)- The Gophers got a week off and were rewarded by dropping a spot in the rankings. Hopefully their game versus Iowa was not a trend and we will see as they travel to Northwestern this week.

12. Illinois (2-4)- The Illini’s season continues to spiral as they allowed 31 points against Wisconsin last weekend. It doesn’t get any easier as they travel to the Big House this weekend.

Compare to last week and feel free to discuss…


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