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Big Ten power rankings: Week 7

More movement and a new cellar-dweller!

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The craziness that is the Big Ten still has the same top three, but not a unanimous No. 1. Here’s how our writers see it stacking up heading into this weekend.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 5-0 || Week 7: @ No. 8 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 1.13

The Buckeyes fall from unanimity at No. 1 for the first time all season, but can likely earn it back with an impressive win over Wisconsin.
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1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 6-0 || Week 7: None
AVERAGE RANK: 1.88

Michigan is on the heels of a 78-0 win and still can’t take over No. 1. A bye week won’t help the cause unless…
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2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 4-1 || Week 7: vs. No. 2 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 3.25

Wisconsin is at home versus the second best team in the nation. It’s College Gameday. Time for the Badgers to make a statement.

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3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3

4

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 5-0 || Week 7: @ Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 3.75

Nebraska and Indiana this weekend holds more weight than it has in a long, long time.

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4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4

5

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 3-2 || Week 7: vs. No. 10 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 5

It’s Homecoming for the Hoosiers, and this could be the biggest game for them in recent memory.
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5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

6

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-3 || Week 7: vs. Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 6.5

The Spartans are falling apart and can’t stop the run. Sounds like Northwestern two weeks ago.
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6 7 6 6 6 8 7 6

7

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 2-3 || Week 7: @ Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 7.25

The Wildcats can get their season back on track in a major way this weekend.
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7 9 7 7 7 7 6 8

8

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 4-2 || Week 7: @ Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 7.88

Iowa got a much-needed win versus Minnesota, but questions on both sides of the ball remain.
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8 6 8 8 9 8 9 7

9

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 4-2 || Week 7: None
AVERAGE RANK: 8.63

The Nittany Lions have rebounded nicely from a blowout loss to Michigan with back-to-back wins.
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9 8 9 9 8 9 8 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 4-1 || Week 7: vs. Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 10.25

Maryland finally played a legitimate team… and got blown out.
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10 10 10 11 10 10 10 11

11

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 3-2 || Week 7: @ Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 10.75

The Terps and the Golden Gophers could be an interesting matchup of two not-very-good but bowl-bound squads.
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11 11 11 10 11 11 11 10

12

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-2 || Week 7: vs. Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 12.13

PURDUE BEAT ILLINOIS
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12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12

13

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 1-4 || Week 7: @ Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 12.88

ILLINOIS LOST TO PURDUE
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13 12 13 13 13 13 13 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-4 || Week 7: vs. Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 14.00

78-0.
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14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14