Before Big Showdown with Wisconsin, Where is Michigan in the Big Ten Power Rankings?

Before Big Showdown with Wisconsin, Where is Michigan in the Big Ten Power Rankings?

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Before Big Showdown with Wisconsin, Where is Michigan in the Big Ten Power Rankings?

Now we’re getting to the meat and potatoes everyone. Michigan took down Maryland last week in a 42-21 victory and now the attention turns to Wisconsin, in a primetime game which will have the Big House turn into the loudest place in the state for three and a half hours.

There were upsets this week and big wins by teams in the conference. There will be a shakeup in the standings here, but your question is probably where is Michigan ranked? Check it out for yourself and see where they are below.

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

Ohio State had a small scare in Indiana last week but was able to pull away and look like the number three team in the country behind quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Ohio State takes on Minnesota this week in what should be an easy win, but the same could have been said about Indiana, but that was closer than the Buckeyes hoped for.

2. Michigan (5-1) (3-0)

Michigan sticks at number two after their win over Maryland last week. The defense is still ranked number one and the offense is only going to get better when running back Chris Evans and now wide receiver Tarik Black return from their injuries. They have a tough game this week against No. 15 Wisconsin and luckily Michigan will be home as the crowd can certainly play a factor in their performance this week.

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

Coming off a bye week, Penn State doesn’t have much of an update. They play Michigan State this week, who is coming off a loss and will be hungry to rebound, but going into Happy Valley won’t be easy and Penn State should have their way with the Spartans.

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

I wanted to move Wisconsin down a spot here after a victory, but I didn’t. Why would I move them down? Their defense allowed Nebraska, the worst team in the Big Ten, to put up 24 points and they only won by 17 against the Cornhuskers. Wisconsin now has to travel to Ann Arbor to take on No. 12 Michigan is what will be a big game for both teams.

5. Iowa (4-1) (1-1)

Iowa took down Minnesota last week in a high scoring game and now their attention is towards Indiana. Iowa is close to becoming a top 25 team here and another week of the 20-25 teams having issues along with a win for the Hawkeyes could put them into the AP poll for the first time this year.

6. Indiana (4-2) (1-2)

I was in a tough spot here as the teams ranked sixth through ninth all lost, but changes had to be made and the best team out of the four was Indiana. They pushed Ohio State for a half, something only two other teams have done so far this season. They take on Iowa in what will be a tough game for both teams as it could be a shootout in the end.

7. Maryland (3-2) (1-1)

Maryland got killed by Michigan in their 42-21 loss, but they do move up because remember, they beat No. 9 Texas, who just took down Oklahoma last week. Maryland has had a bigger win this season than Michigan State has, hence why they move up despite a loss. Maryland will look to rebound against Rutgers this week in what should be a good confidence win for Maryland.

8. Michigan State (3-2) (1-1)

Michigan State has now fallen outside the top 25 for the first time this year after a big loss to Northwestern. Northwestern showed it’s strength against Michigan two weeks ago and while they did blow another double-digit lead, they rebounded and won. Michigan State now has No. 8 Penn State this week in what will be a very tough game.

9. Illinois (3-2) (1-1)

A good win over Rutgers moves Illinois up to the single digits in the conference. Illinois can improve possibly further with a win over Purdue this week, but Purdue is a mixed bag this season so that game could go either way.

10. Northwestern (2-3) (2-1)

Despite having a worse record than Minnesota, Northwestern is a better team. They pushed Michigan to the fourth quarter and upset Michigan State last week. Northwestern isn’t a bad team overall, they just are inconsistent in their play as they have blown double-digit leads in back to back games, but rebounded this week and won after blowing the lead. They take on Nebraska this week in what can help them out as well as they are the worst team in the conference.

11. Minnesota (3-2) (0-2)

After a big loss to Iowa, Minnesota now has to try and take down the number three team in the country in Ohio State. Odds aren’t in the Gophers favor this week, but any given Saturday, right?

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

Purdue is coming off a bye week as they now look to try and take down Illinois and that might be tougher than expected as the Fighting Illini are moving up in the Big Ten.

13. Rutgers (1-5) (0-3)

With another loss, Rutgers just can’t seem to get anywhere in these standings, but they can only stay here as long as Nebraska keeps losing. Rutgers lost to Illinois last week and now they play Maryland in what should be a rebound game for the Terps.

14. Nebraska (0-5) (0-3)

While they did give Wisconsin some kind of fight, Nebraska still lost and Scott Frost is getting close to missing a bowl game in this first year at Nebraska. They play a wacky Northwestern team this week so if any team in this conference that can blow another lead, it’s Northwestern so Nebraska might have a chance here.

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