Big Ten Power Rankings following Week 7
The college football season is continuing onward with Week 7 now a thing of the past! Over the weekend, a pair of top-10 teams fell with Oregon and USC falling from the ranks of the unbeaten.
In the B1G, the trio of Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State made it through unscathed, but that will change next weekend. Ohio State and Penn State face off in Columbus in an early statement game between the two teams.
As for the rest of the B1G, rivalry season starts to heat up a beat. Michigan and Michigan State will play an in-state rivalry game between two teams that really do not like each other while Iowa and Minnesota will face off for Floyd of Rosedale.
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Without further ado, here are Tradition’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings:
14. Minnesota (3-3)
Last week: BYE
13. Northwestern (3-3)
Last week: BYE
12. Indiana (2-4)
Last week: at Michigan, L 52-7
Where to start with the Hoosiers? Indiana played both Tayven Jackson and Brendan Sorsby against Michigan, but neither fared particularly well. The 52 points given up speaks for itself as the Hoosiers did not force a turnover and gave up 400 yards of offense.
11. Illinois (3-4)
Last week: at Maryland, W 27-24
Bret Bielema found an answer, coming up with an amazingly clutch win on the road over Maryland. The Illini built a 10-point lead at one point, and the offense made the plays late when it needed to. Caleb Griffin now has a pair of game-winning kicks in 3 wins for the Illini.
10. Purdue (2-5)
Last week: vs. Ohio State, L 41-7
Purdue is reeling and must turn things around if the program has any hopes of getting to a bowl game this season. There’s no shame in losing to Ohio State, particularly for a first-year head coach, but Purdue gave up 34 straight points before finding the end zone.
9. Michigan State (2-4)
Last week: at Rutgers, L 27-24
What could have been? On the doorstep of a bounce-back win and first B1G win of the year, Michigan State blew an 18-point lead in horrific fashion. A botched punt snap and disastrous fielding on a pooch kickoff powered Rutgers to 21 unanswered points. Oh, now the Spartans must face Michigan in Week 8.
8. Nebraska (3-3)
Last week: BYE
7. Wisconsin (4-2)
Last week: vs. Iowa, L 15-6
Wisconsin lost starting QB Tanner Mordecai to a hand injury, and it sounds like he could be out for at least a few weeks. Even before that injury, the Badgers looked lifeless — at home — against Iowa. Don’t count Wisconsin out of the B1G West race… because it’s the B1G West race, but the Badgers should focus on bowl season moving forward.
6. Rutgers (5-2)
Last week: vs. Michigan State, W 27-24
Needing a win to help its bowl eligibility chances, Rutgers pulled off an 18-point comeback for the ages. Kyle Monangai powered the comeback with 100 yards in the fourth quarter and finished with 148 rushing yards and the go-ahead touchdown. Now, all it takes is a win over Indiana in Bloomington to punch a bowl ticket.
5. Maryland (5-2)
Last week: vs. Illinois, L 27-24
Oh, Maryland. Mike Locksley’s squad had a perfect opportunity to lock up bowl eligibility and inch closer to a 9-win regular season. Unfortunately, Illinois dialed up a road upset. Now the Terps hit a bye week and will travel to face Northwestern out of the break.
4. Iowa (6-1)
Last week: at Wisconsin, W 15-6
Don’t shoot the messenger, but the Hawkeyes are 6-1 and leaders in the B1G West. Most recently, Iowa won a game with 37 passing yards, in large part because Leshon Williams rushed for 174 yards. Now, Iowa awaits news on injured TE Erick All.
3. Penn State (6-0)
Last week: vs. UMass, W 63-0
With an opponent like UMass, there’s not a lot to be learned other than Penn State had the appropriate focus before facing Ohio State next weekend. The explosive plays materialized in Week 7 while the defensive front feasted. A perfect tune-up for Columbus.
2. Ohio State (6-0)
Last week: at Purdue, W 41-7
Ryan Day was looking for a hot start, and he got one against the Boilermakers. Ohio State had zero concerns with the performance. The health of the Buckeyes is another story after Chip Trayanum was injured and did not return with TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams already sidelined. Ohio State will want some of those guys back with Penn State on deck.
1. Michigan (7-0)
Last week: vs. Indiana, W 52-7
It’s hard to find a fault with Michigan, considering the program has compiled the most dominant start to the season of any team in the AP Poll era. Some will critique the strength of the schedule, but Michigan’s focus and inevitability cannot be overstated in the 7-0 start. Next up, an in-state rivalry before a bye week and the November stretch.