BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS

 

1. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0): Urban Meyer, after beating Minnesota: “Today wasn’t a pretty one. We’re better than that.”

2. Iowa (9-0, 5-0): Hawkeyes’ turnover margin, scoring defense and time of possession rank top 10 nationally.

3. Michigan State (8-1, 4-1): The “No Fly Zone” has definitely left the building. Nebraska’s air attack led the big comeback.

4. Michigan (7-2, 4-1): Jim Harbaugh left Jake Rudock in during a 49-16 blowout over Rutgers, seeking more improvement.

5. Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1): Corey Clement missed the trip to Maryland. LB Joe Schobert blocked punt, led team in rushing.

6. Northwestern (7-2, 3-2): Justin Jackson had 186 rushing yards vs. Penn State, combined for 95 previous three games.

7. Penn State (7-3, 4-2): All three losses have come on the road — at Temple, at Ohio State and at Northwestern.

8. Nebraska (4-6, 2-4): Coach Mike Riley has pulled off six wins over top-10 opponents in the past 10 seasons.

9. Illinois (5-4, 2-3): Ke’Shawn Vaughn (180 yards rushing) and Josh Ferguson (133) feasted at Purdue.

10. Gophers (4-5, 1-4): Junior QB Mitch Leidner ranks sixth in the Big Ten with 212 passing yards per game.

11. Purdue (2-7, 1-4): The Boilermakers haven’t won consecutive games since November 2012, under Danny Hope.

12. Indiana (4-5, 0-5): The Hoosiers just can’t finish. They’ve been outscored by 74 points in the fourth quarter.

13. Rutgers (3-6, 1-5): The Scarlet Knights have given up at least 48 points in each of their past four games.

14. Maryland (2-7, 0-5): The Terps are off to their worst conference start since they were 0-5 in the ACC in 1998.