BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS

1. Ohio State (6-0, 2-0): Cardale Jones starts, but Urban Meyer says J.T. Barrett “gives us that real special curveball.”

2. Michigan State (6-0, 2-0): Hard to believe MSU has the Big Ten’s 10th-ranked passing defense (242.0 yards per game).

3. Michigan (5-1, 2-0): First Big Ten team with three straight shutouts since Bo Schembechler’ s 1980 Michigan squad.

4. Iowa (6-0, 2-0): RB Jordan Canzeri (697 rushing yards) is just 5-9, but he has a big heart and terrific speed.

5. Northwestern (5-1, 1-1): Pat Fitzgerald has been second-guessed for being so predictable offensively at Michigan.

6. Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1): Joel Stave passed 11 times in 2014 win over Nebraska, and 50 times last week vs. Nebraska.

7. Illinois (4-2, 1-1): Geronimo Allison is a 6-4 senior who leads the Big Ten with 100.2 receiving yards per game.

8. Gophers (4-2, 1-1): Climbed from 14th to 10th in the Big Ten in rushing offense with 326-yard outburst at Purdue.

9. Penn State (5-1, 2-0): Freshman Saquon Barkley (8.9 yards per carry) has missed the past 10 quarters with ankle injury.

10. Nebraska (2-4, 0-2): The Huskers are 2-4 for the first time since 1959 and 3-7 in their past 10 games, dating to last season.

11. Indiana (4-2, 0-2): Injuries to Nate Sudfeld and Jordan Howard aside, the Hoosiers still can’t stop anybody on defense.

12. Rutgers (2-3, 0-2): Interim coach Norries Wilson blamed himself for Chris Laviano’s game-ending fourth-down spike.

13. Purdue (1-5, 0-2): The Boilers lost middle linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley to a torn ACL before the Gophers game.

14. Maryland (2-4, 0-2): Randy Edsall got fired after going 22-34 in five years at Maryland, including 4-6 in the Big Ten.