B1G Power Rankings: Seventh Edition

The Buckeyes survived a massive scare against Purdue and almost lost their Heisman Trophy candidate for a while. Once again, Sparty fell in a close game, this time to rival Michigan. Over at Penn State, Bill O’Brien’s offense looks unstoppable as they continue to play conference spoiler and Nebraska ripped the hearts out of  the Northwestern faithful. Overall, it was a great weekend for B1G football fans.

1. Ohio State (8-0)- After Braxton Miller went down, Kenny Guiton led the Buckeyes to an amazing come from behind win. They now travel to Happy Valley for their biggest road test of the season. Keep an eye on Miller’s health throughout the week as the Buckeyes will need him at %100 to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

2. Michigan (5-2)- Denard Robinson orchestrated the most clutch drive of his career to steal the game from Michigan State. Also, it was surprising to see a kicker make clutch field goal after clutch field goal to lead his team to victory.

3. Penn State (5-2)- Penn State squashed Iowa after the Hawkeyes big win over Michigan State. They now welcome the Buckeyes into Happy Valley for the Banned from Bowl Games Bowl.

4. Nebraska (5-2)- Nebraska squeaked out a win versus Northwestern and now have Michigan up next for a prime time showdown.

5. Wisconsin (6-2)- Don’t look now, but Wisconsin is finally living up to their lofty preseason expectations. They welcome a reeling Spartan team into Camp Randall this weekend for what should be a classic B1G battle.

6. Northwestern (6-2)- The Wildcats hope to bounce back against an up and down Iowa team after a heartbreaking loss to Nebraska. It will be very interesting to see how this team responds after a last minute loss like that one.

7. Michigan State (4-4)- Michigan State is surprisingly 1-3 in conference play after another close loss, this time to in-state rival Michigan. The formula to beat MSU is simple; shut down Le’Veon Bell and chances are that you walk out victorious. Sparty now has to travel to Camp Randall in attempt to salvage their season.

8. Iowa (4-3)- The Hawkeyes were coming off of a big win at East Lansing and were undefeated in conference play until Penn State came to town. Iowa hopes to rebound at Northwestern this weekend.

9. Purdue (3-4)- Purdue could have had the upset of the year in B1G play, but got a dose of KG. It will be interesting to see how this loss effects the Boilermakers as they travel to Minnesota this week. Upset alert.

10. Indiana (2-5)- Navy came back to defeat the Hoosiers for their first B1G win since 1979. The Hoosiers have lost their last three games (MSU,OSU,Navy) by a combined 8 points and look to get a conference win this weekend versus a very poor Illinois team.

11. Minnesota (4-3)- The Gophers played Wisconsin tough for the first half before getting ran over in the second half. They square off against Purdue this weekend in a game where anything could happen.

12. Illinois (2-5)- The Illini got a much needed week off and look to get out of the B1G basement this weekend versus Indiana.


Compare to last week and feel free to discuss…


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