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Big Ten Power Rankings, post-Big Ten Championship

Penn State is the Big Ten champion! Where does that put the Nittany Lions?

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It’s been a while since we last did our Power Rankings, but with the regular season and the Big Ten championship behind us, it’s worth taking a look at what was once again an enthralling Big Ten season. Penn State won the conference championship but didn’t make the College Football Playoff. How highly are they ranked? How about Ohio State, the lone Big Ten CFB representative?

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 11-1
Bowl: College Football Playoff semifinal vs. No. 2 Clemson
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

FiveThirtyEight gives Ohio State a 25 percent chance to win the championship.
Zach Pereles 1 Josh Burton 1
Martin Oppegaard 1 Sam Brief 1
Henry DaMour 1 Caleb Friedman 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 10-2
BOWL: Orange Bowl vs. No. 10 Florida State
AVERAGE RANK: 2.2

Michigan can make up some of late-season disappointment with an Orange Bowl win.
Zach Pereles 2 Josh Burton 2
Martin Oppegaard 3 Sam Brief 2
Henry DaMour 2 Caleb Friedman 2

3

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 11-2
BOWL: Rose Bowl vs. No. 9 USC
AVERAGE RANK: 3.0

The 2016 Big Ten champs are going to Pasadena.
Zach Pereles 3 Josh Burton 3
Martin Oppegaard 2 Sam Brief 3
Henry DaMour 4 Caleb Friedman 3

4

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 10-3
BOWL: Cotton Bowl vs. No. 12 Western Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 3.8

After a loss in the Big Ten championship, Wisconsin gets Big Ten slayers Western Michigan.
Zach Pereles 4 Josh Burton 4
Martin Oppegaard 4 Sam Brief 4
Henry DaMour 3 Caleb Friedman 4

5

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 8-4
BOWL: Outback Bowl vs. No. 20 Florida
AVERAGE RANK: 5.3

Iowa finished the season strong with three-straight wins.
Zach Pereles 5 Josh Burton 6
Martin Oppegaard 6 Sam Brief 5
Henry DaMour 5 Caleb Friedman 5

6

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 9-3
BOWL: Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee
AVERAGE RANK: 5.7

After an undefeated start, Nebraska finished the season losing three out of five.
Zach Pereles 6 Josh Burton 5
Martin Oppegaard 5 Sam Brief 6
Henry DaMour 6 Caleb Friedman 6

7

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 8-4
BOWL: Holiday Bowl vs. Washington State Cougars
AVERAGE RANK: 7.0

Tracy Claeys first full season as head coach was a success.
Zach Pereles 7 Josh Burton 7
Martin Oppegaard 7 Sam Brief 7
Henry DaMour 7 Caleb Friedman 7

8

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 6-6
BOWL: Pinstripe Bowl vs. No. 22 Pittsburgh
AVERAGE RANK: 8.0

Back-to-back bowl seasons seemed unlikely after a 1-3 start in 2016.
Zach Pereles 8 Josh Burton 8
Martin Oppegaard 8 Sam Brief 8
Henry DaMour 8 Caleb Friedman 8

9

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 6-6
BOWL: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Utah
AVERAGE RANK: 9.0

How will Indiana react to the firing of head coach Kevin Wilson?
Zach Pereles 9 Josh Burton 9
Martin Oppegaard 9 Sam Brief 9
Henry DaMour 9 Caleb Friedman 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 6-6
BOWL: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Boston College
AVERAGE RANK: 10.0

Maryland limped to the finish line, losing six of eight to end the season.
Zach Pereles 10 Josh Burton 10
Martin Oppegaard 10 Sam Brief 10
Henry DaMour 10 Caleb Friedman 10

11

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 3-9
BOWL: None.
AVERAGE RANK: 11.0

The Spartans' year from hell can now be put to bed.
Zach Pereles 11 Josh Burton 11
Martin Oppegaard 11 Sam Brief 11
Henry DaMour 11 Caleb Friedman 11

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 3-9
BOWL: None
AVERAGE RANK: 12.2

Lovie Smith doesn't have a ton to build on in year two.
Zach Pereles 12 Josh Burton 13
Martin Oppegaard 12 Sam Brief 12
Henry DaMour 12 Caleb Friedman 12
Henry DaMour 12 Caleb Friedman 12

13

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 3-9
BOWL: None
AVERAGE RANK: 12.8/span>

Will Jeff Brohm revive Purdue?
Zach Pereles 13 Josh Burton 12
Martin Oppegaard 13 Sam Brief 13
Henry DaMour 13 Caleb Friedman 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-10
BOWL: None
AVERAGE RANK: 14.0

Rutgers is building new football facilities. That's about the only good thing about the program right now.
Zach Pereles 14 Josh Burton 14
Martin Oppegaard 14 Sam Brief 14
Henry DaMour 14 Caleb Friedman 14