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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 11

Can we please make this Big Ten season more exciting?

NCAA Football: Purdue at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten season, frankly, has been remarkably boring. The only real upset was Penn State’s shocked Ohio State. Otherwise, it’s been mostly chalk. It’s time to shake things up, college football script writers. Let’s have Minnesota in the Big Ten Championship Game! Who’s with me?!

1

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 9-0
WEEK 11: at Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

Is there a more fun player to watch than Jabrill Peppers?
Zach Pereles 1 Zach Wingrove 1
Martin Oppegaard 1 Sam Brief 1
Josh Rosenblat 1 Caleb Friedman 1

2

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 8-1
WEEK 11: at Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 2.0

The Buckeyes reminded everyone that they can't be forgotten with a blowout of Nebraska last week.
Zach Pereles 2 Zach Wingrove 2
Martin Oppegaard 2 Sam Brief 2
Josh Rosenblat 2 Caleb Friedman 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 7-2
WEEK 11: vs. Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 3.0

Paul Chryst has his team in the driver's seat for a Big Ten West crown.
Zach Pereles 3 Zach Wingrove 3
Martin Oppegaard 3 Sam Brief 3
Josh Rosenblat 3 Caleb Friedman 3

4

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 7-2
WEEK 11: at Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 4.0

Penn State has put a 2-2 September behind it in a big, big way.
Zach Pereles 4 Zach Wingrove 4
Martin Oppegaard 4 Sam Brief 4
Josh Rosenblat 4 Caleb Friedman 4

5

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 7-2
WEEK 11: vs. Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 5.0

Tommy Armstrong may play this week after taking a scary hit against Ohio State.
Zach Pereles 5 Zach Wingrove 5
Martin Oppegaard 5 Sam Brief 5
Josh Rosenblat 5 Caleb Friedman 5

6

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 4-5
WEEK 11: at Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 6.0

Bowl eligibility is still in sight for Northwestern, but a loss to an improving Purdue team could severely damage its chances.
Zach Pereles 6 Zach Wingrove 6
Martin Oppegaard 6 Sam Brief 6
Josh Rosenblat 6 Caleb Friedman 6

T-7

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 5-4
WEEK 11: vs. No. 2 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 7.5

A night game at Kinnick could be fun -- or horribly sad for Hawkeye fans.
Zach Pereles 8 Zach Wingrove 7
Martin Oppegaard 8 Sam Brief 8
Josh Rosenblat 7 Caleb Friedman 7

T-7

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 7-2
WEEK 11: at No. 21 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 7.5

At 7-2, Minnesota is quietly still alive in the Big Ten West race.
Zach Pereles 7 Zach Wingrove 8
Martin Oppegaard 7 Sam Brief 7
Josh Rosenblat 8 Caleb Friedman 8

9

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 5-4
WEEK 11: vs. No. 12 Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 9.0

Two close wins over Maryland and Rutgers don't really inspire much confidence in an Indiana upset this weekend.
Zach Pereles 9 Zach Wingrove 9
Martin Oppegaard 9 Sam Brief 9
Josh Rosenblat 9 Caleb Friedman 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 5-4
WEEK 11: vs. No. 6 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 10.0

Will Maryland lose by less than the 56 points by which it lost to Michigan last week?
Zach Pereles 10 Zach Wingrove 10
Martin Oppegaard 10 Sam Brief 10
Josh Rosenblat 10 Caleb Friedman 10

11

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-6
WEEK 11: vs. Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 10.875

So Purdue's playing better, but is still riding a four-game losing streak. Huh.
Zach Pereles 12 Zach Wingrove 11
Martin Oppegaard 11 Sam Brief 11
Josh Rosenblat 11 Caleb Friedman 12

12

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-7
WEEK 11: vs. Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 11.75

Michigan State's seven-game losing streak should end when Rutgers visits East Lansing.
Zach Pereles 12 Zach Wingrove 12
Martin Oppegaard 12 Sam Brief 12
Josh Rosenblat 12 Caleb Friedman 12
Henry DaMour 12 Caleb Friedman 12

13

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 3-6
WEEK 11: at Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 13.0/span>

Illinois can still, technically, make a bowl. So Lovie Smith *should* have his team fired up to play Wisconsin, right?
Zach Pereles 13 Zach Wingrove 13
Martin Oppegaard 13 Sam Brief 13
Josh Rosenblat 13 Caleb Friedman 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-7
WEEK 11: at Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 14.0

Rutgers has lost its last two games by a combined 8 points.
Zach Pereles 14 Zach Wingrove 14
Martin Oppegaard 14 Sam Brief 14
Josh Rosenblat 14 Caleb Friedman 14