B1G Power Rankings – Week of 10/21

24 Oct

Throughout the 2013 season, I’ll be ranking the Big Ten schools 1-12.  Click here to see where your team was ranked last week.

Prepare to disagree…

  1. Ohio State.  The Buckeyes are in cruise control to the point where the biggest story from their win over Iowa was their marching band’s tribute to Michael Jackson.
  2. Wisconsin.  Too bad for Wisconsin that the East/West split is not in place this year, because the Badgers would be in the driver’s seat.
  3. Michigan State.  Demerits to the Spartans for only scoring 14 against Purdue.  That’s embarrassing, even for Michigan State’s offense.
  4. Michigan.  The offensive records got all of the headlines, but the defense should be raising some red flags.
  5. Nebraska.  Expect another home road game as Husker fans invade the Twin Cities to close out a very easy October.
  6. Penn State.  Penn State got two weeks to rest and prepare for the Buckeyes.  Will it be enough? 
  7. Indiana.  The good news is Indiana can score a lot of points.  The bad news is the Hoosiers give up even more.
  8. Minnesota.  Is this team getting ready for a “Win It For Coach Kill” stretch run?
  9. Iowa.  I just don’t know what to make of Iowa this year.  Are they middle tier or bottom feeder?  We’re about to find out.
  10. Illinois.  The Illini are undefeated when they score more than 33 points.  The Illini won’t score 33 against Michigan State.
  11. Northwestern.  Remember when the Wildcats were the trendy Legends Division pick?  Now a bowl game is somewhat in question.
  12. Purdue.  The Boilermakers are idle this week.  Their offense has been idle for the entire month.
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