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Phil Miller's Big Ten power poll

  • November 1, 2012 - 11:15 PM

BIG TEN POWER POLL

1. Ohio State (9-0; vs. Illinois)

Allowed 20 gains of 30-plus yards, most in the Big Ten.

2. Nebraska (6-2; at Michigan State)

Huskers have lost 14 fumbles, most in Division I.

3. Michigan (5-3; at Minnesota)

OT Taylor Lewan is projected as a first-round draft pick.

4. Penn State (5-3; at Purdue)

Nittany Lions have thrown only three interceptions, fewest in the Big Ten.

5. Northwestern (7-2; bye)

Wildcats were 11-for-11 field goals in the first four games, but 0-for-1 in the past four.

6. Michigan State (5-4; vs. Nebraska)

Spartans have played five consecutive close games, within four points or fewer.

7. Wisconsin (6-3; bye)

Badgers are converting only 33.6 percent of third downs, worst in the league.

8. Iowa (4-4; at Indiana)

Hawkeyes have scored 17 TDs; only four teams in the nation have fewer.

9. Minnesota (5-3; vs. Michigan)

CB Michael Carter has 13 pass breakups, tied for third nationally.

10. Indiana (3-5; vs. Iowa)

RB Stephen Houston has a TD in nine consecutive games.

11. Purdue (3-5; vs. Penn State)

AD Morgan Burke "expects to see program move forward" in November.

12. Illinois (2-6; at Ohio State)

QB Nathan Scheelhaase was sacked six times in the fourth quarter vs. Indiana.

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