Is Michigan The New Number One In The Big Ten Power Rankings?

Is Michigan The New Number One In The Big Ten Power Rankings?

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Is Michigan The New Number One In The Big Ten Power Rankings?

The revenge tour is full steam ahead for the Michigan football team as they took down their rival Michigan State last week 21-7 in a complete dominate fashion in their win as they held the Spartans to just 94 total yards of offense (which was six yards shorter than their pregame walkthrough).

Now they go into the bye week at 7-1 and are ranked 5th in the nation before their matchup with Penn State. There are some HUGE changes in the rankings this week after what happened in the Big Ten last week that there is a new number one in town. So see for yourself and see where Michigan is ranked below.

1. Michigan (7-1) (5-0)

Michigan moves up to the number one spot in the Big Ten rankings as they go their rivalry win over MSU and are only going to get better with wide receiver Tarik Black and defensive end Rashan Gary getting another week off to recover from their injuries as they could be closer to returning. Michigan will rest, but be prepared to play Penn State in next week’s matchup.

2. Ohio State (7-1) (4-1)

Ohio State falls for the first time this year as they were flattened by Purdue as the offensive line issues continue to be there as the run game isn’t working and the defense is suffering without defensive end Nick Bosa. Ohio State has a bye week to prepare for Nebraska and try and fix things as they fell to number 11 in the AP polls.

3. Iowa (6-1) (3-1)

Iowa didn’t fall for the trap against Maryland and shut them out 23-0 and here comes another big test for the Hawkeyes as they take on Penn State. Iowa is hot right now and Penn State isn’t so this game is in the Hawkeyes favor and this game could determine if the Hawkeyes have a chance to appear in the Big Ten Championship game in December.

4. Wisconsin (5-2) (3-1)

Wisconsin rebounded and did it well against Illinois last week through the rain, snow, and sunshine as that game had all four seasons in the four quarters that were played. No matter what though, Wisconsin did well in it and still won 49-20. They take on Northwestern this week for the lead in the Big Ten West in a game that will affect both teams season.

5. Penn State (5-2) (2-2)

Penn State has had a rocky season so far and they could only put away Indiana by just five points in a close victory last week. Now against Iowa, they can’t play like they did last week as they are still trying to fight for a bowl game as both Big Ten and National Championship hopes seem to be gone. Getting this win could ruin Iowa and that should be a motive for the Nittany Lions.

6. Northwestern (4-3) (4-1)

The easy game against Rutgers was tougher than expected as the Wildcats had to escape with an 18-15 win and while it was a sloppy, close win, they are the leader in the Big Ten West still. They have a huge test in Wisconsin this week to see if they still want to win the division.

7. Purdue (4-3) (3-1)

Purdue pulls off the biggest upset of the season so far as they hosted Ohio State and beat them down and made Urban Meyer say, uncle. Purdue makes the biggest jump up as they move from 11 to 7 and they deserve that after beating the best team in the Big Ten and the number two team in the country. Purdue now has to travel to East Lansing to take on a broken down MSU team and that could be another win as Purdue could be a sleeper in the Big Ten West.

8. Michigan State (4-3) (2-2)

Down goes little brother as they lost 21-7 to Michigan last week, they fall down from 4 to 8 in the rankings and now with a season-ending injury for wide receiver Felton Davis and quarterback Brian Lewerke is battling an undisclosed injury, this team is falling apart overall. Now they have to host a Purdue team that is coming off their biggest win of the season in what should be a good game overall.

9. Indiana (4-4) (1-4)

Indiana stays put despite losing because they gave Penn State a fight and it seems like Indiana has given many teams in this conference a fight as they gave MSU a scare for four quarters, Ohio State a scare for two, and Penn State for four. This team is close to being good, they just can’t close out games. Now they take on Minnesota, who let Nebraska get their first win of the season, but what should be a close game overall.

10. Maryland (4-3) (2-2)

Maryland is probably the most inconsistent team in the conference. One week they can beat Texas, the next they get pushed around by Michigan, then dominate Rutgers, then get shutout by Iowa. Maryland will look to rebound once again though as they play Illinois.

11. Minnesota (3-4) (0-4)

Minnesota falls back down as they allowed Nebraska to get their first win of the season and it wasn’t even close, they lost 53-28. They will try and rebound against Indiana this week as they are still looking for their first conference win, but that might have to wait another week after this game.

12. Illinois (3-4) (1-3)

A loss to Wisconsin wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone this week for Illinois. They do play Maryland this week and since Maryland is a different team every week, Illinois could get them on a bad day as this game could go either way.

13. Nebraska (1-6) (1-4)

Scott Frost and Nebraska finally got a win as they destroyed Minnesota and they move up for the first time in weeks in the rankings and now as they prepare for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats from the FCS, they should start a winning streak as they are fighting for a bowl game now.

14. Rutgers (1-7) (0-5)

A close loss to a good Northwestern team is impressive, but now Rutgers is now eliminated from bowl contention and that puts them below Nebraska. Rutgers has a bye week this week and their final four games look brutal to end the season, playing Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State as they could finish this year 1-11 and 0-9 in conference play.

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