Big Ten Power Rankings
1) Ohio State (5-0):
Dwayne Haskins? Yup. Win over Penn State? Yup. Playoff bound? Yup.
2) Penn State (4-1):
One play call away from being No. 1 on my coveted power rankings.
3) Wisconsin (4-1):
I think the loss to BYU was a fluke still. I just can’t wait for Penn State-Wisconsin.
4) Michigan (4-1):
Michigan’s real test comes after this week, and we’ll see if the Fighting Harbaughs can handle it.
5) Iowa (3-1):
The game against Wisconsin might not have been a win in real life, but it doesn’t hurt in my coveted power rankings.
6) Michigan State (3-1):
The Spartans lost to Eno Benjamin. I think Iowa would be too mad to let that happen.
7) Maryland (3-1):
Maryland’s got 99 problems, but a Big Ten loss ain’t one.
8) Indiana (4-1):
I’m going to Bloomington in a week, and I can’t wait to go to Buffalouie’s.
9) Purdue (2-3):
David Blough and Jeff Brohm — the Big Ten’s best power couple — are on the rise.
10) Minnesota (3-1):
Minnesota has approximately nothing going for it right now.
11) Northwestern (1-3):
The Wildcats lost to a school with a kangaroo mascot named Zippy. Big Zippy guy here.
12) Illinois (2-2):
Lovie Smith lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI, and I will never get tired of typing that sentence.
13) Rutgers (1-4):
Ahead of Nebraska. Lol.
14) Nebraska (0-4):
I can’t get over that Rutgers and Illinois have a combined three more wins than the Huskers.
Big Ten Schedule
No. 15 Michigan (-17.5) vs. Maryland
11 a.m. | ABC
Michigan’s loss to Notre Dame is a lot better than Minnesota’s loss to Temple. One of these teams will have its first conference loss after the weekend, and I don’t think it will be the Wolverines.
No. 20 Michigan State (-10.5) vs. Northwestern
11 a.m. | FS1
The Spartans have had a better offense and defense this year, and the Wildcats have struggled since Week 1. If Michigan State can play as well as Akron, it’s a wrap.
Rutgers vs. Illinois (-5.5)
11 a.m. | BTN
Fun fact: According to VividSeats, you can find tickets to this game for as low as $3. That should tell you all you need to know about this game.
Iowa (-7.5) vs. Minnesota
2:30 p.m. | BTN
Iowa is going to learn from the mistakes it made against Wisconsin. What better way to bounce back after a loss than against an unproven Minnesota team?
No. 3 Ohio State (-25) vs. Indiana
3 p.m. | FOX
Ohio State is an offensive powerhouse. As long as the Buckeyes have Dwayne Haskins under center, they won’t have much trouble.
No. 16 Wisconsin (-17.5) vs. Nebraska
2:30 p.m. | BTN
Wisconsin is good. Nebraska is not. I might not be a mathematician or scientist, but I can figure this one out.