Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 9

Michigan, Ohio State remain up top; Northwestern makes a jump

Tim Grattan
November 01, 2018 - 11:27 pm

Thomas J. Russo

We have reached the final month of the regular season and divisional races are heating up. 

Both Michigan and Ohio State were doing some Halloween activities as both squads were on a bye week.

Meanwhile, Northwestern won a big home game against Wisconsin and Iowa lost to Penn State on the road. 

Let's take a look at the rankings.

  1. Michigan (7-1, 5-0) – Shea Patterson went as his coach, Jim Harbaugh, for trick-or-treat during the bye week.   
  2. Ohio State (7-1, 4-1) – The Buckeyes’ football team and Brutus took a drive up I-71 to Mansfield for a team bonding exercise at the Ohio State Reformatory during the bye week.     
  3. Northwestern (5-3, 5-1) – Isaiah Brewer had 117 yards rushing as the Wildcats rolled the Badgers at home. Surprisingly, Northwestern moves into first place in the Big Ten West. 
  4. Penn State (6-2, 3-2) –  Trace McSorley had 230 yards of total offense (167 passing, 63 rushing) as the Nittany Lions held off Iowa at home. 
  5. Iowa (6-2, 3-2) – Nate Stanley threw two interceptions as the Hawkeyes fell on the road and lost control of the West Division lead.    
  6. Michigan State (5-3, 2-2) – Rocky Lombardi was 26-of-46 passing with 318 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans at home over Purdue.
  7. Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2) – Jonathan Taylor had two fumbles, and quarterback Alex Hornibrook was out with a concussion as the Badgers dropped a road game to Northwestern.
  8. Purdue (4-4, 3-2) – After being on an all-time high from beating Ohio State the week before, The Boilermakers came crashing back down to earth with a road loss to Michigan State.
  9. Maryland (5-3, 3-2) – The Terrapins set a school record for most points (63) in a Big Ten game since joining the conference in 2014. Maryland also finished with 712 yards of offense against Illinois.  
  10. Indiana (4-4, 1-5) – The Hoosiers outscored Minnesota 22-7 in the fourth quarter, but the defense gave up the game-winning touchdown in a road loss.  
  11. Illinois (3-5, 1-5) – The Fighting Illini’s defense gave up 712 yards of total offense to Maryland in a road loss.     
  12. Nebraska (2-6, 1-4) – The Cornhuskers are on a roll as they picked up their second straight win over Bethune-Cookman in non-conference play. Adrian Martinez had 213 yards passing and two touchdowns.
  13. Minnesota (4-3, 1-4) – Rashod Bateman caught the go-ahead touchdown with 1:34 left in the game as the Golden Gophers ended their four-game losing streak.    
  14. Rutgers (1-7, 0-5) – During the bye week, the Scarlet Knights watched film on the 2006 squad that won 11 games with Ray Rice running over defenders in the old Big East days.