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Around the Big Ten | Matchups, power rankings for Week 5 of the college football season

Football reporter Cooper Worth previews this weekend’s matchups and updates the Big Ten’s conference power rankings.
Grace Smith
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy throws a pass during a football game between Iowa and No. 4 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. McCarthy’s longest pass went for 29 yards to wide receiver Andre Anthony. The Wolverines defeated the Hawkeyes, 27-14.

Power Rankings 

  1. Michigan —  With the return of Harbaugh, this team is rolling. 
  2. Penn State — Why isn’t every home game a White Out?
  3. Ohio State — Marvin Harrison Jr. is a problem.  
  4. Wisconsin —Dominant Week 4 win on the road, but losing RB Chez Mellusi hurts this team. 
  5. Iowa— Iowa’s offense looked like it didn’t belong on the same field as Penn St.
  6. Maryland — Tagovailoa playing better as the season progresses. 
  7. Rutgers—The Scarlet Knights have some dogs on their defense. 
  8. Minnesota— Everybody is talking about Coach Prime, but P.J. Fleck has some swag to him I don’t care what anyone says. 
  9. Illinois — A close win over FAU leaves more questions for Luke Altmyer and this offense. 
  10. Michigan State— Spartans need to get a run game going if they want to be successful. 
  11. Nebraska — Rushing for over 300 yards and three TDs in a game? I could have sworn I was watching mid-’90s Nebraska. 
  12. Indiana— How do you go to four overtime against Akron?
  13. Northwestern — Are the Wildcats not as bad as we think?
  14. Purdue —  Feed Tyrone Tracy Jr. the ball. 


Ryan Field: Penn State (4-0, 2-0) @ Northwestern (2-2, 1-1)

Where/when to watch: 11:00 a.m. Saturday on BTN | Line: Penn State -26 | O/U: 46

Will Northwestern shock the college football landscape with an upset win at home? I don’t think so. 

Huntington Bank Stadium: Louisiana  (3-1) @ Minnesota (2-2, 1-1)

Where/when to watch: 11:00 a.m. Saturday on BTN | Line: Minnesota -12.5 | O/U: 47.5

Louisiana has had success offensively behind a strong run game. I see this being closer than anticipated. 

Memorial Stadium: No. 2 Michigan (4-0, 1-0) @ Nebraska (2-2, 0-1)

Where/when to watch: 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox | Line: Michigan -18 | O/U: 40 

I bet back in the day this game used to be a lot more competitive than it is now. What happened to you, Nebraska? 

SECU Stadium: Indiana (2-2, 0-1) @ Maryland (4-0, 1-0)

Where/when to watch: 2:30 p.m. Saturday on BTN | Line: Maryland -14 | O/U: 50.5

Maryland is 4-0 for the first time since 2021, just don’t mention the 51-14 final score to Terrapin fans.

Ross-Ade Stadium: Illinois (2-2, 0-1) @ Purdue (1-3, 0-1) 

Where/when to watch: 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Peacock | Line: Purdue -1 | O/U: 53.5 

The battle of the “mid” in the Big Ten West.

SHI Stadium: Wagner (2-2) @ Rutgers (3-1, 0-1)

Where/when to watch: 2:30 p.m. Saturday on BTN | Line: NA | O/U: NA

Congrats to Rutgers for introducing me to Wagner College. 

Kinnick Stadium: Michigan State (2-2, 0-1) @  Iowa (3-1, 0-1)

Where/when to watch: 6:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC/Peacock | Line: Iowa -11.5 | O/U: 36.5

After the beatdown in Happy Valley, Iowa needs this win for morale almost as much as Michigan State. 

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About the Contributors
Cooper Worth
Cooper Worth, Pregame reporter
Cooper Worth is a Pregame Reporter for The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is also earning a minor in communication studies and an entrepreneurial management certificate. This is his third year at the DI, previously serving as a News Editor and as a News Reporter covering local government in Johnson County for the DI. Cooper interned for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa during the summer of 2023 as a general news reporter.
Grace Smith
Grace Smith, Senior photojournalist and filmmaker
Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, and visual storyteller. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Grace has held an internship at The Denver Post and pursued freelance assignments for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Des Moines Register.