Big Ten Conference Power Rankings: Week 7

Ohio State is No. 1, while Penn State and Wisconsin are stumbling

Tim Grattan
October 18, 2018 - 7:48 pm

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- We finally start to see some reshuffling in the power rankings this week that involves the top programs in the Big Ten Conference.

Iowa climbs into the top-3, while Penn State and Wisconsin are heading towards the wrong direction.

The kings of the conference are still Ohio State as they struggled against a feisty Minnesota squad.

Let's check out the rankings.  

  1. Ohio State (7-0, 4-0) – K.J. Hill made the best catch for a touchdown as the Buckeyes held off Minnesota at home. Hill finished with 187 yards and two touchdowns.     
  2. Michigan (6-1, 4-0) – The Wolverines’ defense held the Badges to 283 yards of offense and forced two interceptions in a rare home night game.  
  3. Iowa (5-1, 2-1) – Quarterback Nate Stanley threw for 320 yards and six touchdowns as the Hawkeyes win big on the road.  
  4. Michigan State (4-2, 2-1) – The Spartans saved their season by going on the road to win at Penn State. Brian Lewerke threw the game-winning 25-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left to Felton Davis, handing Penn State its second straight loss.   
  5. Penn State (4-2, 1-2) – Even though Miles Sanders rushed for 162 yards, the Nittany Lions gave up a touchdown with 19 seconds left in a home loss. 
  6. Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1) – Jonathan Taylor had a hard time running against a tough Michigan defense. Taylor was held to 102 yards on the ground as the Badgers fell on the road.
  7. Northwestern (3-3, 2-2) – The Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to defeated the Cornhuskers at home in overtime.    
  8. Purdue (3-3, 2-1) – Quarterback David Blough passed for 377 yards, and three touchdowns as the Boilermakers on are a three-game winning streak.     
  9. Maryland (4-2, 2-1) – The Terrapins’ defense only gave up 178 yards against Rutgers in a blowout home win.   
  10. Indiana (4-3, 1-3) – I mean … basketball season is coming up for the Hoosiers, right?  
  11. Illinois (3-3, 1-2) – The Fighting Illini only managed to have 69 rushing yards against Purdue’s defense, who are ranked 11th in the conference in team defense.     
  12. Minnesota (3-3, 0-3) – The Golden Gophers played well in the first half against Ohio State. However, Minnesota’s offense stalled and remains winless in conference.    
  13. Rutgers (1-6, 0-4) – Artur Sitkowski was 2-of-16 passing for eight yards and threw four interceptions on the road in a loss. 
  14. Nebraska (0-6, 0-4) – The Cornhuskers had a chance earned their first win of the season at Northwestern. Well, the ‘Cats outscored Nebraska 17-11 in the fourth quarter to force an overtime win.