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Big Ten Power rankings: Week 9

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A big matchup in Madison headlines an exciting weekend.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Iowa Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

We’re through eight weeks of this season and the few things we’re absolutely sure of include that Michigan being really good, Illinois and Purdue being really bad, and Rutgers being Rutgers. This weekend has a ton of intriguing and important matchups. Here’s how we view the conference as a whole heading into the weekend.

1

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 7-0
WEEK 9: at Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

The Wolverines finally take over the top spot, but MSU is never easy despite what the record say.
Zach Pereles 1 Zach Wingrove 1
Josh Burton 1 Sam Brief 1
Josh Rosenblat 1 Martin Oppegaard 1
Tristan Jung 1 Caleb Friedman 1

2

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 6-1
WEEK 9: vs. Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 2.0

The Buckeyes had a huge hiccup and will have to win out to have a chance at the playoff.
Zach Pereles 2 Zach Wingrove 2
Josh Burton 2 Sam Brief 2
Josh Rosenblat 2 Martin Oppegaard 2
Tristan Jung 2 Caleb Friedman 2

T-3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 5-2
WEEK 9: vs. No. 7 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 3.5

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BIG TEN WEST GAME VERSUS NEBRASKA UPCOMING.
Zach Pereles 4 Zach Wingrove 3
Josh Burton 4 Sam Brief 3
Josh Rosenblat 4 Martin Oppegaard 4
Tristan Jung 3 Caleb Friedman 3

T-3

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 7-0
WEEK 9: at No. 11 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 3.5

Are the Cornhuskers for real? They still have Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa on the road.
Zach Pereles 3 Zach Wingrove 4
Josh Burton 3 Sam Brief 4
Josh Rosenblat 3 Martin Oppegaard 3
Tristan Jung 4 Caleb Friedman 4

5

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 4-3
WEEK 9: at No. 6 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 5.125

The Wildcats are 27-point underdogs in Columbus. Yikes.
Zach Pereles 5 Zach Wingrove 5
Josh Burton 5 Sam Brief 5
Josh Rosenblat 6 Martin Oppegaard 5
Tristan Jung 5 Caleb Friedman 5

6

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 5-2
WEEK 9: at Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 6.0

The Nittany Lions have shrugged off a slow start and appear to be well on their way to a major bowl game.
Zach Pereles 7 Zach Wingrove 6
Josh Burton 6 Sam Brief 6
Josh Rosenblat 5 Martin Oppegaard 6
Tristan Jung 6 Caleb Friedman 6

7

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 5-3
WEEK 9: None
AVERAGE RANK: 7.0

The Hawkeyes' offense has really struggled; a bye week should help out. It can't hurt, at least.
Zach Pereles 6 Zach Wingrove 7
Josh Burton 8 Sam Brief 7
Josh Rosenblat 7 Martin Oppegaard 7
Tristan Jung 7 Caleb Friedman 7

8

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 3-4
WEEK 9: vs. Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 7.875

After a fast start, the Hoosiers face essentially a must-win at home versus Maryland if they want to make a bowl.
Zach Pereles 8 Zach Wingrove 8
Josh Burton 7 Sam Brief 8
Josh Rosenblat 8 Martin Oppegaard 8
Tristan Jung 8 Caleb Friedman 8

9

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 5-2
WEEK 9: at Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 9.125

The Gophers survived Rutgers by two points. Uhhhhh...
Zach Pereles 9 Zach Wingrove 9
Josh Burton 10 Sam Brief 8
Josh Rosenblat 9 Martin Oppegaard 9
Tristan Jung 10 Caleb Friedman 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 5-2
WEEK 9: at Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 9.875

The Terrapins are now 5-2 after beating Michigan State. D.J. Durkin could very well be in the conversation for B1G coach of the year.
Zach Pereles 10 Zach Wingrove 10
Josh Burton 9 Sam Brief 10
Josh Rosenblat 10 Martin Oppegaard 10
Tristan Jung 9 Caleb Friedman 11

11

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-5
WEEK 9: vs. No. 2 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 10.875

This has to be the lowest the Spartans have been in a long, long time.
Zach Pereles 11 Zach Wingrove 11
Josh Burton 11 Sam Brief 11
Josh Rosenblat 11 Martin Oppegaard 11
Tristan Jung 11 Caleb Friedman 10

12

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-3
WEEK 9: vs. No. 24 Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 12.0

Purdue played inspired football last week. Firing Darell Hazell was undeniably a positive.
Zach Pereles 12 Zach Wingrove 12
Josh Burton 12 Sam Brief 12
Josh Rosenblat 12 Martin Oppegaard 12
Tristan Jung 12 Caleb Friedman 12

13

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 2-5
WEEK 9: vs. Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 13.125/span>

Illinois probably has two winnable games left. A 2-10 year is not out of the question.
Zach Pereles 13 Zach Wingrove 13
Josh Burton 13 Sam Brief 13
Josh Rosenblat 13 Martin Oppegaard 14
Tristan Jung 13 Caleb Friedman 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-4
WEEK 9: None
AVERAGE RANK: 13.875

Gio Rescigno seems to ave won the quarterback battle, the only winning Rutgers has had this year.
Zach Pereles 14 Zach Wingrove 14
Josh Burton 14 Sam Brief 14
Josh Rosenblat 14 Martin Oppegaard 13
Tristan Jung 14 Caleb Friedman 14