Big Ten Power Rankings: After Comeback Win Over Northwestern, Where Could Michigan Be Ranked?

Big Ten Power Rankings: After Comeback Win Over Northwestern, Where Could Michigan Be Ranked?

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Big Ten Power Rankings: After Comeback Win Over Northwestern, Where Could Michigan Be Ranked?

Another week of Big Ten football, another new Big Ten power rankings article. There were some big games last week in the conference and this week doesn’t seem that way, but you never know what can happen in football, every week is a new week.

Michigan had to come back against Northwestern last week, winning 20-17 as the Wolverines had to dig deep to avoid the upset. Could that close win affect where they are in my Big Ten power rankings? Check out my list below.

1. Ohio State (5-0) (2-0)

Ohio State went on the road and had their own come back against Penn State and now move up to number three in the AP poll. Ohio State looks to be national championship contenders now, but they have to take on Indiana this week as they shouldn’t overlook their opponents as any week can be an upset week.

2. Michigan (4-1) (2-0)

A close win over Northwestern and Michigan moves up? Well, Wisconsin had a bye, Michigan State played CMU and Iowa was on a bye and haven’t had any big wins, so moving them down seemed wrongful. Michigan also has the better defense than Penn State, and their coach could be better as James Franklin made some questionable decisions that cost Penn State last week. Michigan takes on Maryland this week in what should be a closer game than people are expecting.

3. Penn State (4-1) (1-1)

Losing at home with a 12 point lead to a top four team is tough. Penn State had that game in the bag, but coaching mistakes and more cost the team and knock them down in my rankings. Sure Ohio State is a good team, but when you beat yourself in those types of games, it is worse than just losing to a better team, you lose to two teams that game. Penn State has a bye week this week but returns to play Michigan State the following week.

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

Coming off the bye week Wisconsin takes on Nebraska in what should be a blow out victory for the Badgers as they could sneak peek towards Michigan, which could lead this game to be a trap game, but I don’t see that happening.

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

Another team coming off a bye is Iowa. They play Minnesota this week as both teams are coming off a loss two weeks ago.

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

A win over CMU was nice for Michigan State, but they did only win by 11. They were up 31-3, before making it 31-20 as CMU could have possibly scared MSU more. MSU had their best game, but if your best game is against a MAC team, that isn’t a good sign for when tough games come up. They host Northwestern this week in what should be a close game as well.

7. Indiana (4-1) (1-1)

A close loss to Michigan State team cost Indiana their perfect season, and while they are a tough team, they did barely win against a struggling Rutgers team by seven. Indiana is better than that and can improve this week if they can somehow upset No. 3 Ohio State.

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

Maryland is coming off a bye week and has to take on No. 15 Michigan in Ann Arbor this week in what should be a closer game than many are expecting it to be.

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

Bye week blues for Minnesota as they look to rebound against Iowa who is also coming off a bye week. Expect this game to be a shootout between the two teams.

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

After getting the week off, Illinois sits at the 10 spot and now they play Rutgers in what should be a win for the Fighiting Illini, but Rutgers is looking for their first win in the conference this year.

11. Purdue (2-3) (1-1)

Purdue is coming off a big win over Nebraska and it moves them up a spot in my power rankings. Purdue gets rest this week as they can prepare for their next game against Illinois.

12. Northwestern (1-3) (1-1)

After pushing Michigan to its brink, Northwestern is better than the record shows, but I can’t move a team up after a loss and after blowing a 17 point lead at home. Northwestern could rebound this week as they take on No. 20 Michigan State in what could be a tough game for MSU.

13. Rutgers (1-4) (0-2)

While Rutgers loss this week, I am going against my own rules of moving a team up after a loss just because of how bad Nebraska is. They play Illinois this week as that game could go either way if Rutgers shows up to play this week.

14. Nebraska (0-4) (0-2)

I left Nebraska above Rutgers last week because I was expecting them to defeat Purdue, but after this week’s loss, the title for the worst team in the conference has to go to Nebraska. You have a new head coach who is starting 0-4 and 0-2 in conference play isn’t a great first impression. Nebraska now after losing to Purdue, now has to travel to Wisconsin to take on the No. 16 Badgers in what could be another long day for Scott Frost and his players.

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