Big Ten Power Rankings: After Big Nebraska Win, Where Does Michigan Rank?

Big Ten Power Rankings: After Big Nebraska Win, Where Does Michigan Rank?

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Big Ten Power Rankings: After Big Nebraska Win, Where Does Michigan Rank?

Now that more Big Ten games have kicked off, we can get a better look at how all 14 of these teams are going to be the rest of the season. There are still three non-conference games left for some Big Ten teams, but that isn’t a problem.

Michigan started conference play with a huge 56-10 win over Nebraska, and look to get another conference win over Northwestern this week. Where does Michigan rank among all 14 Big Ten teams now after their first conference win? Check out my list below

1. Ohio State (4-0) (1-0)

Urban Meyer returned last week and he and the Buckeyes continued their dominance by taking down Tulane, 49-6. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for five touchdowns as he can now be a legit Heisman candidate. This week is a huge matchup against No. 9 Penn State.

2. Penn State (4-0) (1-0)

Blowing out Illinois 63-24 in their first Big Ten game of the year wasn’t shocking. Quarterback Trace McSorley is stepping up as the main playmaker for the Nittany Lions and it’s showing in his game. Penn State hosts No. 4 Ohio State this week in what is certainly the game of the week.

3. Michigan (3-1) (1-0)

Michigan dominated Nebraska last week in all three phases in a 56-10 win. Running back Karan Higdon returned from injury and had himself a big day with 136 yards and a touchdown. Michigan now goes on the road for the first time since week one where they will take on a struggling Northwestern team that just lost their best offensive player to retirement.

4. Wisconsin (3-1) (1-0)

Wisconsin had troubles with Iowa but was able to have a late comeback and hold off the upset, winning 28-17. With that win, it put Michigan ahead of them in the AP polls, and rightfully so. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook stepped up big with three touchdowns as Wisconsin held on in what was a closer game than the score showed. They have the week off this week but will return next week to play Nebraska.

5. Iowa (3-1) (0-1)

Despite losing at home to Wisconsin, Iowa is still a good football team. Their defense is impressive and what is the backbone of that team. Iowa can still be a team you don’t want to mess with this season. They play Minnesota this week as both teams are looking to rebound after their first loss of the season.

6. Michigan State (2-1) (1-0)

Michigan State had some troubles with Indiana, winning 35-21, but like the Wisconsin vs. Iowa game, the game was closer than the score showed. Michigan State had to get tricky against Indiana with two trick plays, something we don’t usually see this early in the year for MSU. They take on Central Michigan this week in what should be a very easy win for MSU, but they have shown this year that anybody can give them trouble.

7. Maryland (3-1) (1-0)

Maryland took on an undefeated Minnesota team and demolished them 42-13 as they start conference play 1-0. Their running back duo of Ty Johnson and Anthony McFarland was dynamic again with a combined 16 carries for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Maryland gets the week off this week before taking on No. 14 Michigan.

8. Indiana (3-1) (0-1)

Despite losing their first game of the year, Indiana deserves to sit tight at the eight spot in the Big Ten power rankings. They hosted No. 21 Michigan State and forced them to dig deep in their playbook to defeat them. Indiana relied too much on quarterback Peyton Ramsey as the run game just couldn’t get going and when you rely on one player on the offense, things don’t always work out. Indiana should rebound as they take on a struggling Rutgers team this week.

9. Minnesota (3-1) (0-1)

Minnesota falls down to nine here as they took their first loss of the year to Maryland, but they didn’t just lose, they got blown out. Minnesota couldn’t get anything going on offense, and they are going to need to flip that around quickly because they take on Iowa this week and Iowa’s defense is not to be messed with.

10. Illinois (2-2) (0-1)

Illinois got smacked against No. 9 Penn State in what was an obvious thing. A positive they can look at is that they were able to put up 245 rushing yards against Penn State, so if they can keep improving on the passing game, their offense could put up more points in the future. This week they are on a bye and when they return to play, they take on Rutgers.

11. Northwestern (1-2) (1-0)

Northwestern was on their bye week last week and as they are getting ready to play Michigan this week, their best player Jeremy Larkin was forced to retire due to medical reasons and that is a big blow to Northwestern. They host No. 14 Michigan in what should be a beatdown handed out by the Wolverines.

12. Purdue (1-3) (0-1)

From last place and moving on up is Purdue. They upset then No. 23 Boston College and not just by a point or two, but by 17! Purdue’s quarterback David Blough showed that he is the starting quarterback with a great game, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Purdue plays Nebraska in what could be a big game for both teams.

13. Nebraska (0-3) (0-1)

0-3 to begin your coaching career at your alma mater isn’t a good look for head coach Scott Frost. After getting destroyed by No. 14 Michigan, Nebraska is trying to find some positives in their season and they could get a win this week as they take on Purdue, but after a big upset win last week this game could be tougher than expected.

14. Rutgers (1-3) (0-1)

The new worst team in the Big Ten goes to Rutgers, who are coming off a 29 point loss to the MAC team Buffalo. If that doesn’t make you think they aren’t the worst in the Big Ten, they also got blown out by Ohio State (shocker) and Kansas. Rutgers is still struggling to try and become a contender in this conference. They play Indiana this week in what will be a tough game as Indiana is coming off a loss in a game they could have won.

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