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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 4

Sparty on!

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Another week is in the books and ahead of Big Ten play, there has been a lot of shakeup in our power rankings. Here’s how we think things stand through three weeks.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 4: None
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

The Buckeyes ran rampant against in Oklahoma and are off this weekend before playing Rutgers on Oct. 1… So basically two bye weeks.
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 4: vs. Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 2.0

The Wolverines are 18-point favorites over Penn State this weekend, and yes, they are that good.
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2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

3

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 4: vs. No. 11 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 3.1

Michigan State takes a big jump up after a very impressive win in South Bend. The passing offense is even better with Tyler O’Connor.

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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3

4

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 4: @ No. 8 Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 4.0

Wisconsin switched quarterbacks this week, choosing a freshman over a junior ahead of a trip to East Lansing… Yikes.

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4 4 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4

5

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 4: @ Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 5.0

Tommy Armstrong has been really good this year, but it remains to be seen if he can avoid turnovers in conference play.
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5 5 4 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 5

6

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 2-1 || Week 4: @ Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 5.9

The Hawkeyes lost at home to a very good FCS team (North Dakota State) in Week 3. FIRE EVERYONE!
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6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 6

7

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 4: vs. Colorado State
AVERAGE RANK: 7.4

The Golden Gophers don’t start Big Ten play until next week. Time for Tracy Claeys to make those final adjustments.
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7 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 7

8

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 2-1 || Week 4: @ No. 4 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 8.0

Penn State survived an upset scare from Temple after falling victim to it last year. Can the Nittany Lions pull a shocker in Ann Arbor?
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8 7 8 9 9 8 8 9 7 7 8

9

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 4: vs. Wake Forest
AVERAGE RANK: 9.1

The Hoosiers play Wake Forest, which beat Duke 24-14 in Week 2. Let’s get some transitive property working here.
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10 11 9 8 8 9 10 7 10 9 9

10

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 1-2 || Week 4: vs. No. 20 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 9.9

The Wildcats finally got in the win column, but it will take their best effort so far to stay there against Nebraska.
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9 10 11 10 10 10 9 11 9 10 10

11

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 4: None
AVERAGE RANK: 10.8

The Terps escaped lowly UCF with a double-overtime win after starting QB Perry Hills exited. Luckily, his team has a bye this week.
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11 9 10 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 1-2 || Week 4: None
AVERAGE RANK: 12.0

The Illini got mauled by Jamauri Bogan and Western Michigan in Champaign. Does that mean the Broncos deserve the HAT?
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12 12 13 12 12 12 12 10 12 13 12

13

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-1 || Week 4: vs. Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 13.0

In "fun" Rutgers news this week, the AD was forced to apologize after videos of him drinking at a student tailgate emerged.
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13 13 12 13 13 13 14 14 13 12 13

14

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 1-1 || Week 4: vs. Nevada
AVERAGE RANK: 13.8

Fifty days until your basketball season opener, Purdue fans!
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