Big Ten power rankings: Week 10

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Spartans beat the Wolverines 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes: Urban Meyer moved to 21-0 in his Ohio State tenure, this time with a blowout over Purdue, 56-0. Still, though, it was another win that really didn’t do much to convince the humans nor the computers that they’re among the elite in the nation just yet.
  2. Michigan State Spartans: Michigan State sent a message on Saturday in their win over Michigan. This is legitimately one of the best defenses in the country and a potential match up with the Buckeyes in Indianapolis in December should be a fun show to watch.
  3. Wisconsin Badgers: The Badgers kept on rolling Saturday with a win on the road over Iowa. They got off to a rather slow start, but James White and the running game carried the team to another victory and Wisconsin remains one of the hottest teams in college football.
  4. Minnesota Golden Gophers: They did it again! This time the emotionally-charged Golden Gophers grabbed a win over Indiana to move to 7-2 on the year and are showing the makings of a program certainly on the rise.
  5. Nebraska Cornhuskers: They needed a last-second Hail Mary, but the Huskers got their sixth win on the season over Northwestern and hopefully they can use that momentum to finish off this disastrous season strong.
  6. Iowa Hawkeyes: They kept it close with the high-powered Badgers for a while, but just didn’t have enough in the end. Kirk Ferentz and company have a nice chance to bounce back this week, though, against Purdue.
  7. Michigan Wolverines: It’s tough to rank a team that finished the game up with -48 yards rushing, but that’s a huge credit to that Michigan State defense. They’ll now head on to face another 6-2 team this week in Nebraska.
  8. Penn State Nittany Lions: Penn State showed a huge amount of resiliency to come back after a devastating loss to Ohio State and beat Illinois in overtime in Happy Valley. That game showed that the Ohio State debacle is not indicative of what this team is capable of.
  9. Indiana Hoosiers: Indiana suffered a tough loss at home to Minnesota, but they continue to make some positive strides as a program. The defense needs some serious work.
  10. Northwestern Wildcats: I’m still not sure what has happened to this team, but they suffered their fifth consecutive loss this week, albeit on a Hail Mary.
  11. Illinois Fighting Illini: After setting the world on fire to begin the year, the Illini are not in a good place right now and they have yet to win a game in the Big Ten.
  12. Purdue Boilermakers: You just have to put your faith into Darrell Hazell building this program up, Purdue fans.

Topics: Big Ten, Power Rankings

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