Just like that, Week 7 of the B1G is in the books! The weekend also provided some separation between the top contenders and the pretenders for the divisional races.

In the B1G East, Michigan proved its the Wolverines and Buckeyes separated from the pack by a wide margin. Jim Harbaugh’s squad blew past Penn State as James Franklin’s team still struggles to prove itself as an actual contender in the B1G.

As for the B1G West picture, Illinois (yes, that Illinois) is tied atop the division with Purdue. Along the way, Minnesota and Nebraska have fallen by the wayside with the Illini and Boilermakers currently on a collision course for a head-to-head battle on Nov. 12.

With that in mind, here are Tradition’s B1G Power Rankings coming out of Week 7:

14. Northwestern (1-5)

Last week: BYE

Up next: at Maryland

13. Indiana (3-4)

Last Week: vs. Maryland, L 38-33

At this point in the season, close losses will only get you so far. Indiana had its most productive offensive outing in a while but still turned the ball over 3 times and was 4-for-13 on third-down plays. That’s simply not going to cut it.

Up next: at Rutgers

12. Rutgers (3-3)

Last week: BYE

Up next: vs. Indiana 

11. Nebraska (3-4)

Last week: at Purdue, L 43-37

Sometimes, there’s no shame in a loss. Considering all that Nebraska has been through, it would have been understandable if the Huskers shut it down after facing a double-digit deficit in the first half. But credit to Mickey Joseph’s squad for fighting back and forcing Purdue to convert some big plays to put this game away. Trey Palmer was also fantastic in the outing with a new single-game record for the Huskers.

Up next: at Wisconsin

10. Iowa (3-3)

Last week: BYE

Up next: at Ohio State

9. Wisconsin (3-4)

Last week: at Michigan State, L 34-28

The feel-good vibes of Jim Leonhard’s head coaching debut in the win over Northwestern did not materialize in a Week 7 trip to Michigan State. Despite a hard-fought battle, multiple miscues — including a fumble in double overtime — doomed the Badgers. The offense was held under 300 yards of offense, and 156 yards of the offense is all credited to Braelon Allen. There’s a lot of work to be done for Leonhard’s group.

Up next: vs. Purdue

8. Michigan State (3-4)

Last week: vs. Wisconsin, W 34-28

Hey, a win is a win, and ending a 4-game losing streak certainly feels great. Can the Spartans find a way to regroup and pull off an upset or two to get back to a bowl game? That will be a tough task, but Saturday’s game showed a hungry Spartan group on homecoming. Oh, and how good does it feel to have a healthy Jayden Reed terrorizing the defense?

Up next: BYE

7. Minnesota (4-2)

Last Week: at Illinois, L 26-14

How quickly a season can change. A few short weeks ago, Minnesota was in a position to be the frontrunner in the B1G West. Now, the Gophers are likely playing for bowl positioning with divisional hopes all but evaporating in Week 7. A bigger concern right now is the health of QB Tanner Morgan after a scary injury Saturday.

Up next: at Penn State

6. Maryland (5-2)

Last week: at Indiana, W 38-33

The Terrapins are one game away from bowl eligibility with 1-5 Northwestern on deck in Week 8. The last time Maryland played in back-to-back bowls came in 2013-14. Unfortunately, the bigger concern for the Terrapins right now is the status of star QB Taulia Tagovailoa after he was carted off with an apparent leg injury against the Hoosiers.

Up next: vs. Northwestern

5. Purdue (5-2)

Last week: vs. Nebraska, W 43-37

Nothing comes easy in the B1G West it seems, especially for teams trying to hold onto a share of the lead. Purdue built double-digit leads four times against Nebraska, only to see the Huskers chip away each time. In the end, Aidan O’Connell and Devin Mockobee rallied the troops, powering a Boilermaker offense that racked up over 600 yards of offense.

Up next: at Wisconsin

4. Penn State (5-1)

Last week: at Michigan, L 41-17

Where to begin? Sure, the Nittany Lions might finish the year back as the 3rd-best team in the B1G, but what does that get you for a program wanting to compete at the highest levels? Penn State will get a chance to face Ohio State in a few weeks. For now, the Nittany Lions are stuck way behind the heavy hitters in the B1G in terms of being a true competitor.

Up next: vs. Minnesota

3. Illinois (6-1)

Last Week: vs. Minnesota, W 26-14

Illinois as the best team in the B1G West? Don’t laugh, that’s the reality of the situation in 2022. Bret Bielema’s squad is playing complementary football, has a dominant rushing attack and is playing some great defense. Things could change, but the Illini are true West frontrunners and bowl eligible at their bye.

Up next: BYE

2. Michigan (7-0)

Last week: vs. Penn State, W 41-17

Already, some skeptics are likely lining up to discredit Penn State as a top-10 team, but that’s an injustice to the domination of the Wolverines. Save for a crazy pick-6, Penn State was never truly in the game against Michigan. And that was without much use of a passing attack by the Wolverines. This Michigan team is a serious Playoff contender and not slowing down.

Up next: BYE

1. Ohio State (6-0)

Last week: BYE

Up next: vs. Iowa