Big Ten Conference Power Rankings: Week 5

Buckeyes are still the kings of the Big Ten Conference

Tim Grattan
October 03, 2018 - 8:22 pm

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Not a lot of movement in this week's power rankings as five schools in the Big Ten were off because of the bye week.

We do have a new team that is ranked last in the Big Ten and Ohio State (barely) is still the king of the conference.

Let’s take a look at the rankings.

  1. Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) – Dwayne Haskins threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes sneaked out a win in Happy Valley. Ohio State’s screens were very impressive and Penn State was not ready for it.    
  2. Penn State (4-1, 1-1) – The Nittany Lions had chances to defeat the Buckeyes, but questionable play calling and not being able to defend the screen pass cost them. I mean, putting the ball in your best players hands – Trace McSorley – is a better option than a run on fourth-and-5.
  3. Michigan (4-1, 2-0) – The Wolverines’ offense struggled against a feisty Wildcats team on the road. Michigan’s rush defense held Northwestern to 28 yards rushing.   
  4. Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) – The Badgers were relaxing at the water parks in Wisconsin Dells and eating Wisconsin Cheese Bites on their bye week.
  5. Michigan State (3-1, 1-0) – The Spartans rolled in-state friend the Chippewas in a non-conference battle.  
  6. Iowa (3-1, 0-1) – Iowa fans are still sad about losing to Wisconsin and cried on its bye week. 
  7. Indiana (4-1, 1-1) – Peyton Ramsey tossed 288 yards as the Hoosiers are two wins away from being bowl eligible.
  8. Illinois (2-2, 0-1) – During the bye week, The Fighting Illini prepped extra hard to face a tough Rutgers team on Saturday. 
  9. Maryland (3-1, 1-0) – Crab cakes and chill was a big deal in College Park through the Terrapins’ bye week. 
  10. Minnesota (3-1, 0-1) – P.J. Fleck was practicing rowing his boat during the team's bye week.   
  11. Purdue (2-3, 0-2) – David Blough threw for 328 yards as the Boilermakers won for the first ever in Nebraska. Plus, winning two games in a row is phenomenal for Purdue, too.    
  12. Northwestern (1-3, 1-1) – The ‘Cats led 10-0 after the first quarter against Michigan. … However, Northwestern only managed to a touchdown from the rest of the game.    
  13. Rutgers (1-4, 0-2) – The Scarlet Knights’ defense gave up 451 yards as their comeback failed against Indiana. 
  14. Nebraska (0-4, 0-2) – Cornhuskers continue to struggle in one of their worst seasons in program history.