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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 8

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Northwestern moves up, MSU stumbles

Ohio State v Wisconsin Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Another week of madness and close games resulted in major shifts in our power rankings heading into this weekend. Here’s how we rank the Big Ten teams.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 6-0
WEEK 8: at Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 1.2

The Buckeyes remain on top after a big win against Wisconsin. They’ll travel to Happy Valley this weekend.
Zach Pereles 1 Will Ragatz 2
Josh Burton 1 Daniel Rapaport 2
Rob Schaefer 1 Martin Oppegaard 1
Tristan Jung 1 Caleb Friedman 1
Sam Brief 1 Ian McCafferty 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 6-0
WEEK 8: vs. Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 1.8

Michigan has to take care of an awful Illinois team ahead of a meeting with the “little brother,” Michigan State.
Zach Pereles 2 Will Ragatz 1
Josh Burton 2 Daniel Rapaport 1
Rob Schaefer 2 Martin Oppegaard 2
Tristan Jung 2 Caleb Friedman 2
Sam Brief 2 Ian McCafferty 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 4-2
WEEK 8: at Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 3.0

The Badgers have endured one of the most difficult schedules in America. Do they have enough in the tank at Kinnick this weekend?
Zach Pereles 3 Will Ragatz 3
Josh Burton 3 Daniel Rapaport 3
Rob Schaefer 3 Martin Oppegaard 3
Tristan Jung 3 Caleb Friedman 3
Sam Brief 3 Ian McCafferty 3

4

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 6-0
WEEK 8: vs. Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 4.0

Purdue should be an easy tune-up before Nebraska has to prove it’s legit against Wisconsin.
Zach Pereles 4 Will Ragatz 4
Josh Burton 4 Daniel Rapaport 4
Rob Schaefer 4 Martin Oppegaard 4
Tristan Jung 4 Caleb Friedman 4
Sam Brief 4 Ian McCafferty 4

5

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 3-3
WEEK 8: vs. Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 5.5

The Wildcats hop back up into the upper half. They’ve been all over this season.
Zach Pereles 5 Will Ragatz 6
Josh Burton 5 Daniel Rapaport 6
Rob Schaefer 6 Martin Oppegaard 5
Tristan Jung 6 Caleb Friedman 5
Sam Brief 5 Ian McCafferty 6

6

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 3-3
WEEK 8: at Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 5.7

The Hoosiers need to get their offense back on track in Evanston after back-to-back losses.
Zach Pereles 7 Will Ragatz 5
Josh Burton 6 Daniel Rapaport 5
Rob Schaefer 5 Martin Oppegaard 6
Tristan Jung 5 Caleb Friedman 7
Sam Brief 6 Ian McCafferty 5

7

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 5-2
WEEK 8: vs. No. 10 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 7.0

All that talk about Iowa falling apart this year? It hasn’t been pretty, but 5-2 is nothing to be ashamed of.
Zach Pereles 6 Will Ragatz 7
Josh Burton 8 Daniel Rapaport 8
Rob Schaefer 7 Martin Oppegaard 7
Tristan Jung 7 Caleb Friedman 6
Sam Brief 7 Ian McCafferty 7

8

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 4-2
WEEK 8: vs. No. 2 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 8.1

The Nittany Lions have a home game on primetime TV this weekend… Too bad it’s against Ohio State.
Zach Pereles 9 Will Ragatz 8
Josh Burton 7 Daniel Rapaport 7
Rob Schaefer 8 Martin Oppegaard 8
Tristan Jung 8 Caleb Friedman 9
Sam Brief 9 Ian McCafferty 8

9

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-4
WEEK 8: at Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 8.9

Sparty is just falling apart. They’ll try all three of their quarterbacks versus Maryland.
Zach Pereles 8 Will Ragatz 9
Josh Burton 10 Daniel Rapaport 9
Rob Schaefer 9 Martin Oppegaard 9
Tristan Jung 10 Caleb Friedman 8
Sam Brief 8 Ian McCafferty 9

10

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 4-2
WEEK 8: vs. Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 9.8

After an undefeated non-conference slate, Minnesota hopes to build off its first B1G win last week.
Zach Pereles 10 Will Ragatz 10
Josh Burton 9 Daniel Rapaport 10
Rob Schaefer 10 Martin Oppegaard 10
Tristan Jung 9 Caleb Friedman 10
Sam Brief 10 Ian McCafferty 10

11

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 4-2
WEEK 8: vs. Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 11.0

After starting 4-0, Maryland is just hoping to sneak into a bowl with a brutal schedule upcoming.
Zach Pereles 11 Will Ragatz 11
Josh Burton 11 Daniel Rapaport 11
Rob Schaefer 11 Martin Oppegaard 11
Tristan Jung 11 Caleb Friedman 11
Sam Brief 11 Ian McCafferty 11

12

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-3
WEEK 8: at No. 8 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 12.3

Darrell Hazell is finally gone. Small victories!
Zach Pereles 12 Will Ragatz 13
Josh Burton 13 Daniel Rapaport 12
Rob Schaefer 12 Martin Oppegaard 12
Tristan Jung 13 Caleb Friedman 12
Sam Brief 12 Ian McCafferty 12

13

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 2-4
WEEK 8: at No. 3 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 12.7

Illinois beat Rutgers last week to stay out of the cellar. The reward? A trip to Ann Arbor.
Zach Pereles 13 Will Ragatz 12
Josh Burton 12 Daniel Rapaport 13
Rob Schaefer 13 Martin Oppegaard 13
Tristan Jung 12 Caleb Friedman 13
Sam Brief 13 Ian McCafferty 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-4
WEEK 8: at Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 2,912.7

RUTGER
Zach Pereles 14 Will Ragatz 14
Josh Burton 14 Daniel Rapaport 14
Rob Schaefer 14 Martin Oppegaard 14
Tristan Jung 29,000 Caleb Friedman 14
Sam Brief 15 Ian McCafferty 14