Big Ten Power Rankings


1. Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten): Debuted at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, a reminder there’s still work to do.

2. Michigan State (8-0, 4-0): Spartans play at Nebraska and host Maryland before the Nov. 21 showdown in Columbus.

3. Iowa (8-0, 4-0): Kirk Ferentz reminded everyone this week that his team’s Big Ten slate is only half finished.

4. Michigan (6-2, 3-1): The Gophers gained 461 yards last week, the most the Wolverines had allowed all season.

5. Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1): Corey Clement returned from sports hernia surgery, but the offensive line remains dinged up.

6. Northwestern (6-2, 2-2): The Wildcats are making due, despite ranking last in the Big Ten in scoring offense (20.9).

7. Penn State (7-2, 4-1): James Franklin called the 39-0 victory over Illinois his team’s most complete game in two years.

8. Illinois (4-4, 1-3): After a strong start, the Illini have averaged just 67.2 rushing yards per game in Big Ten play.

9. Nebraska (3-6, 1-4): Huskers have committed the most penalties in Big Ten and rank 13th in turnover margin (-8).

10. Gophers (4-4, 1-3): “Finally played like we thought they’d play all year long [vs. Michigan],” former coach Glen Mason said.

11. Purdue (2-6, 1-3): Freshman quarterback David Blough had five TDs — four passing — in big victory over Nebraska.

12. Rutgers (3-5, 1-4): The Scarlet Knights gained just 102 yards through three quarters against Wisconsin.

13. Indiana (4-4, 0-4): It’s an old story, but the Hoosiers are awful on defense again this year.

14. Maryland (2-6, 0-4): If Nebraska’s turnover ratio looks bad, double it for the Terrapins, who are at -16.