With the Penn State Nittany Lions having an off week, almost all of the other ranked teams out of the Big Ten took care of business in the manner that they were expected to in Week 6. The Ohio State Buckeyes defense may have been somewhat worrisome early on in their matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers — who still linger as a potential sleeper and spoiler at 4-2 — but they ultimately pulled away for a 23-point victory.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan Wolverines were able to take care of business in convincing fashion. Jonathan Taylor and the Badgers ran all over the still-winless Nebraska Cornhuskers this past week en route to a 41-24 victory. As for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, they welcomed the Maryland Terrapins to Ann Arbor and seemed to make light work of the Turtle.
With that and Penn State still in the fold despite the off week, there was some consideration about bumping them up to the No. 2 spot in the college football conference power rankings. And to be honest, that would’ve been the case if it weren’t for the Michigan State Spartans.
This Spartans team was supposed to be one of the anchors for the Big Ten this season, but they have looked far from that at many points, and getting upset by the Northwestern Wildcats this week only furthered that thought. They are mediocre at best right now and I don’t see that changing. Perhaps the Iowa Hawkeyes can continue their run and make up for Sparty’s deficiencies, but for now, the Big Ten stays at No. 3.