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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 5

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The top two remain intact. After that, pandemonium!

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Big Ten football got underway last weekend, and that meant several shakeups in our power rankings this week. This weekend could certainly bring more change, too, with some great matchups including Wisconsin at Michigan. Here’s how we view the conference top to bottom.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 5: vs. Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 1.0

The Buckeyes had last weekend off but didn’t lose their spot at the top. They’re nearly 40-point favorites over Rutgers this week.
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 4-0 || Week 5: vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 2.0

Jim Harbaugh and co. dismantled Penn State and face their toughest task weekend vs. Wisconsin in Ann Arbor.
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2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 4-0 || Week 5: @ No. 4 Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 3.1

The Badgers have an impressive resume that features wins over LSU and Michigan State. Can they add Michigan to the list?

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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

4

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 2-1 || Week 5: @ Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 4.3

The Spartans got destroyed up front versus Wisconsin. Plus, that Notre Dame win doesn’t look nearly as pretty as it did a week ago.

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5 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 4

5

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 5-0 || Week 5: vs. Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 4.8

The Cornhuskers rolled up over 550 yard against Northwestern and Tommy Armstrong Jr. is playing great football.
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4 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 6

6

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 3-1 || Week 5: vs. Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 6

The Hawkeyes survived in Piscataway. That’s not exactly a sentence that inspires a ton of confidence.
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6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 5

7

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 5: @ Penn State
AVERAGE RANK: 6.9

Mitch Leidner led Minnesota to 119 points in its first three games combined. But now conference play starts with a trip to Happy Valley.
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7 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

8

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 2-2 || Week 5: vs. Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 8.1

The Nittany Lions had better figure out how to stop the run, or else they run the risk of a second straight embarrassment.
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8 8 8 8 8 9 8 8 8

9

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 2-1 || Week 5: vs. No. 17 Michigan State
AVERAGE RANK: 9

Can Indiana stop anyone?
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9 10 9 9 9 8 9 9 9

10

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 3-0 || Week 5: vs. Purdue
AVERAGE RANK: 10.2

Maryland has played just about the worst slate you could possibly schedule, and it faces Purdue this coming week. Can Terps say 4-0?
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10 9 11 10 10 10 11 10 11

11

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 1-3 || Week 5: @ Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 10.7

*Gulp*
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11 11 10 11 11 11 10 11 10

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 1-2 || Week 5: @ No. 15 Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 12

The Illini are still the worst Big Ten team in Illinois. That’s pretty sad.
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12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

13

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 2-2 || Week 5: @ No. 2 Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 13.2

Rutgers is a 37-point underdog in Columbus this week. But hey, the Scarlet Knights covered two weeks in a row!
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13 14 13 13 13 14 13 13 13

14

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 2-1 || Week 5: @ Maryland
AVERAGE RANK: 13.8

#KeepDarrellHazell
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