After week 9, the Big Ten has seen plenty of chaos and movement amongst its mid-tier teams.
The Big Ten has seen its fair share of craziness across the board so far this season. The conference has seen some of its best teams fall to upstarts and the middle class of the Big Ten has seen little consistency all year. Throughout 2018, the only constants in the Big Ten are at the peak of the conference and then at the very bottom.
This past weekend, three conference teams got a break: Rutgers, Ohio State, and Michigan. Rutgers represents the worst teams in the conference, while Ohio State and Michigan are two of the best teams in the country this season.
All three of those aforementioned teams held tightly to their previous spot in these Big Ten Power Rankings. And while the top and the bottom stayed the exact same, the middle had plenty of turmoil and movement within itself.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights needed a breather. After winning their opening game of the season, the Scarlet Knights dropped seven consecutive games. The bye week probably won’t solve all of Rutgers’ issues. There’s almost no way to do that within one season, or maybe even five seasons, but a brief break from action was probably needed for this team. This weekend, Rutgers gets to go to Wisconsin. Luckily for the Scarlet Knights, Wisconsin is an inconsistent college football team and really isn’t all that great this year.
Illinois isn’t good. That isn’t a newsflash for anyone that is familiar with College Football. The Fighting Illini fell to the Maryland Terrapins by 30 points. Illinois isn’t particularly good on offense or defense and it’s showing. This team needs to get back on track and it might have a potentially winnable game this weekend when it takes on Minnesota, but that’s far from being a guarantee.