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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 10

Things are beginning to settle down as we reach the stretch run.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

As we near the final weeks of the season, we begin to figure out where everyone belongs in the Big Ten. But with two matchups involving contenders this weekend, there’s still plenty of room to change that. Here’s how we see things stacking up.

1

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 8-0
WEEK 10: vs. Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

After reclaiming their state, the Wolverines came in at No. 3 in the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Zach Pereles 1 Zach Wingrove 1
Josh Burton 1 Sam Brief 1
Josh Rosenblat 1 Rob Schaefer 1
Henry DaMour 1 Caleb Friedman 1

2

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 7-1
WEEK 10: vs. No. 9 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 2.0

After squeaking by Northwestern, Ohio State can really open up the West by beating Nebraska.
Zach Pereles 2 Zach Wingrove 2
Josh Burton 2 Sam Brief 2
Josh Rosenblat 2 Rob Schaefer 2
Henry DaMour 2 Caleb Friedman 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 6-2
WEEK 10: at Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 3.0

The Badgers haven't won in Evanston this millennium. You've been warned.
Zach Pereles 3 Zach Wingrove 3
Josh Burton 3 Sam Brief 3
Josh Rosenblat 3 Rob Schaefer 3
Henry DaMour 3 Caleb Friedman 3

4

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 7-1
WEEK 10: at No. 6 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 4.0

After a heartbreaking loss, the Huskers must regroup quickly ahead of a trip to Columbus.
Zach Pereles 4 Zach Wingrove 4
Josh Burton 4 Sam Brief 4
Josh Rosenblat 4 Rob Schaefer 4
Henry DaMour 4 Caleb Friedman 4

T-5

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 4-4
WEEK 10: vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 5.5

The Wildcats are still major players in the West if things play out in their favor.
Zach Pereles 6 Zach Wingrove 5
Josh Burton 5 Sam Brief 5
Josh Rosenblat 6 Rob Schaefer 6
Henry DaMour 6 Caleb Friedman 5

T-5

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 6-2
WEEK 10: vs. Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 5.5

Penn State's climb has been stunning. A 10-2 finish isn't out of the question by any stretch.
Zach Pereles 5 Zach Wingrove 6
Josh Burton 6 Sam Brief 6
Josh Rosenblat 5 Rob Schaefer 5
Henry DaMour 5 Caleb Friedman 6

7

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 5-3
WEEK 10: at No. 20 Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 7.0

Hawkeye fans hope a bye week has fixed the offense... And the defense... And, well, everything.
Zach Pereles 7 Zach Wingrove 7
Josh Burton 7 Sam Brief 7
Josh Rosenblat 7 Rob Schaefer 7
Henry DaMour 7 Caleb Friedman 7

8

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 4-4
WEEK 10: at Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 8.375

The Hoosiers responded from a sluggish showing versus Northwestern to win a highly entertaining game against Maryland.
Zach Pereles 9 Zach Wingrove 8
Josh Burton 8 Sam Brief 8
Josh Rosenblat 9 Rob Schaefer 8
Henry DaMour 9 Caleb Friedman 8

9

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 6-2
WEEK 10: vs. Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 8.625

The Gophers are not as good as their record says... Still, it's a mighty impressive record.
Zach Pereles 8 Zach Wingrove 9
Josh Burton 9 Sam Brief 9
Josh Rosenblat 8 Rob Schaefer 9
Henry DaMour 8 Caleb Friedman 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 5-3
WEEK 10: at No. 2 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 10.125

Maryland will give you fits with a high-flying offense. D.J. Durkin has the Terps moving in the right direction.
Zach Pereles 10 Zach Wingrove 10
Josh Burton 10 Sam Brief 10
Josh Rosenblat 10 Rob Schaefer 11
Henry DaMour 10 Caleb Friedman 10

11

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-6
WEEK 10: at Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 10.875

The little brother continues to get more little (littler?).
Zach Pereles 11 Zach Wingrove 11
Josh Burton 11 Sam Brief 11
Josh Rosenblat 11 Rob Schaefer 10
Henry DaMour 11 Caleb Friedman 11

12

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-5
WEEK 10: at Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 12.0

Gerad Parker has the Boilermakers playing hard, even if only for one half. Progress!
Zach Pereles 12 Zach Wingrove 12
Josh Burton 12 Sam Brief 12
Josh Rosenblat 12 Rob Schaefer 12
Henry DaMour 12 Caleb Friedman 12

13

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 2-6
WEEK 10: vs. Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 13.25/span>

This week in Lovie Smith news: A report called him "miserable" in Champaign. We would be, too.
Zach Pereles 13 Zach Wingrove 13
Josh Burton 14 Sam Brief 13
Josh Rosenblat 14 Rob Schaefer 13
Henry DaMour 13 Caleb Friedman 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-6
WEEK 10: vs. Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 13.75

Rutgers *sigh*
Zach Pereles 14 Zach Wingrove 14
Josh Burton 13 Sam Brief 14
Josh Rosenblat 13 Rob Schaefer 14
Henry DaMour 14 Caleb Friedman 14