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Big Ten Power Rankings, Week 12

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Madness has descended upon us.

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

After a somewhat straightforward 11 weeks, we finally got some madness across the Big Ten with Iowa upsetting Michigan at Kinnick Stadium. Where does that place the Ohio State Buckeyes? Find out below.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 9-1
WEEK 12: at Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

Due to Michigan's loss, Ohio State has regained life. Will they take advantage?
Zach Pereles 1 Josh Burton 1
Martin Oppegaard 1 Sam Brief 1
Will Ragatz 1 Caleb Friedman 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 9-1
WEEK 12: vs. Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 2.17

Michigan finds itself facing adversity for the first time this season, but the Wolverines can't look past the Hoosiers this Saturday.
Zach Pereles 2 Josh Burton 2
Martin Oppegaard 2 Sam Brief 2
Will Ragatz 3 Caleb Friedman 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 8-2
WEEK 12: at Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 2.83

Wisconsin's defense has been dominant during the team's four-game win streak, giving up just 9 points per contest.
Zach Pereles 3 Josh Burton 3
Martin Oppegaard 3 Sam Brief 3
Will Ragatz 2 Caleb Friedman 3

4

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 8-2
WEEK 12: at Rugers
AVERAGE RANK: 4.0

Penn State needs to win out to have a chance for the Big Ten title.
Zach Pereles 4 Josh Burton 4
Martin Oppegaard 4 Sam Brief 4
Will Ragatz 4 Caleb Friedman 4

5

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 8-2
WEEK 12: vs. Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 5.0

Fun fact: Maryland and Nebraska have never played each other before.
Zach Pereles 5 Josh Burton 5
Martin Oppegaard 5 Sam Brief 5
Will Ragatz 5 Caleb Friedman 5

6

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 5-5
WEEK 12: at Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 6.33

A win means bowl eligibility; a nice way to save a season that looked like it was going in the gutter.
Zach Pereles 6 Josh Burton 7
Martin Oppegaard 6 Sam Brief 6
Will Ragatz 6 Caleb Friedman 6

7

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 6-4
WEEK 12: at Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 7.0

Iowa took down Michigan last week, so there's no way the Hawkeyes have a let up in Champaign, right?
Zach Pereles 7 Josh Burton 8
Martin Oppegaard 7 Sam Brief 7
Will Ragatz 7 Caleb Friedman 6

8

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 7-3
WEEK 12: vs. Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 8.0

Minnesota hasn't beaten a team with more than five wins this season.
Zach Pereles 8 Josh Burton 6
Martin Oppegaard 8 Sam Brief 9
Will Ragatz 9 Caleb Friedman 8

9

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 5-5
WEEK 12: at No. 4 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 8.67

Can Indiana channel its 2015 performance against Michigan?
Zach Pereles 9 Josh Burton 9
Martin Oppegaard 9 Sam Brief 8
Will Ragatz 8 Caleb Friedman 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 5-5
WEEK 12: at No. 19 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 10.0

Can Maryland bounce back from back-to-back losses totaling a score of 121-6?
Zach Pereles 10 Josh Burton 10
Martin Oppegaard 10 Sam Brief 10
Will Ragatz 10 Caleb Friedman 10

11

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 3-7
WEEK 12: vs. No. 2 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 11.33

The Spartans' season has been a failure, but an upset over No. 2 Ohio State could offset the disappointment.
Zach Pereles 11 Josh Burton 11
Martin Oppegaard 11 Sam Brief 12
Will Ragatz 12 Caleb Friedman 11

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 3-7
WEEK 12: vs. Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 12.0

Illinois is a 9.5-point underdog at home.
Zach Pereles 12 Josh Burton 12
Martin Oppegaard 12 Sam Brief 12
Will Ragatz 12 Caleb Friedman 12
Henry DaMour 12 Caleb Friedman 12

13

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-7
WEEK 12: vs. No. 6 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 12.67/span>

Can Purdue keep it close in the first half against Wisconsin?
Zach Pereles 12 Josh Burton 13
Martin Oppegaard 12 Sam Brief 13
Will Ragatz 13 Caleb Friedman 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-8
WEEK 12: vs. No. 9 Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 14.0

We thought the Scarlet Knights were making progress... then they lost 49-0.
Zach Pereles 14 Josh Burton 14
Martin Oppegaard 14 Sam Brief 14
Will Ragatz 14 Caleb Friedman 14