Sometimes, it’s just better to let the numbers do the talking.

Instead of rattling off my opinions on why each B1G team is at its given spot, I decided to try and let the numbers explain that:

14. Rutgers (LW 13)

After Saturday’s 78-0 drubbing, Rutgers has been outscored by its three top-five foes 184-13. Against non-top five opponents, Rutgers has a 96-49 advantage. The Knights have zero top-25 opponents left in 2016. They also have one touchdown in the 10 quarters since Janarion Grant went down.

13. Illinois (LW 12)

Purdue has two road victories in the Darrell Hazell era (2013-16). Both came in Champaign.

12. Purdue (LW 14)

The Boilers’ 231 rushing yards — without Markell Jones — were their most vs. a Power Five team since Oct. 18, 2014. It was also a week removed from a 10-yard day.

11. Minnesota (LW 9)

The Gophers have five passing touchdowns, which is last in the B1G. Four of those came against FCS Indiana State.


10. Michigan State (LW 6)

In MSU’s three-game losing streak, the Spartans are 8-for-32 (25 percent) in third-down conversions after the first quarter. Through the first six weeks, Arkansas State is the only FBS team with a third-down conversion percentage less than 25 percent.

9. Iowa (LW 11)

At this point last year, C.J. Beathard had 41 carries for 192 rushing yards (4.7 yards per carry). At the same point this year, Beathard has 39 carries for -18 yards.

8. Northwestern (LW 10)

Northwestern ranks last in the B1G in rushing yards per game. Justin Jackson is second in the B1G in rushing yards per game. The Wildcats average 24 rushing yards per contest outside of Jackson.

7. Maryland (LW 5)

The Terps rank ninth nationally in rushing yards per game and second in the B1G in yards per carry. Maryland has six players with at least 100 rushing yards this season. No other B1G team has more than four.


6. Penn State (LW 8)

Trace McSorley is averaging 270 yards from scrimmage in his first six games as a starter. Christian Hackenberg had six games with 270 yards in his two years with James Franklin.

5. Indiana (LW 7)

Last year, Indiana was ranked 126 of 127 FBS teams with 313.8 passing yards allowed per game. This year, the Hoosiers are 36th with an average of 205.4 passing yards allowed per game. IU also allowed 2.5 passing touchdowns per game last year compared to 1.2 this year.

4. Nebraska (LW 4)

In 2015, the Huskers threw more interceptions than any Power Five team with the exception of Maryland. This year, the Huskers are tied for sixth in FBS in fewest interceptions thrown (2). Last year, Tommy Armstrong threw nine interceptions in the second half. Through five games, he has yet to be picked off in the second half.

3. Wisconsin (LW 3)

Wisconsin ranks in the top five in FBS in third-down conversion defense, red zone defense and scoring defense. No other team in the country is ranked in the top five in all three of those categories.


2. Michigan (LW 2)

Since Jim Harbaugh took over, the Wolverines held an opponent to seven points or less in nine of 19 games. Already, that’s more than they did in 88 games spanning the entire Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke eras.

1. Ohio State (LW 1)

Ohio State is one of two FBS teams that hasn’t allowed a red-zone rushing touchdown (Michigan is the other). The Buckeyes, however, are the only FBS team that hasn’t allowed any rushing touchdowns. OSU is No. 1 in the country in red zone defense. Why? The Buckeyes have allowed 20 yards on 18 red zone rushes. That’s good.