Big Ten Conference Power Rankings: Week 4

Buckeyes remain No. 1 in the latest power rankings

Tim Grattan
September 26, 2018 - 8:02 pm

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- For most of the season, the top of the power rankings have been the same. However, we did have some shuffling with the bottom teams of the conference. 

  1. Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) – The Buckeyes rolled Tulane in their final non-conference game of the season. Dwayne Haskins went 21-of-24 passing with 304 yards and three touchdowns to improve on his Heisman Trophy stock. 
  2. Penn State (4-0, 1-0) – The Nittany Lions scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Illinois on the road. Junior running back Miles Sanders had 22 carries with 200 yards and scored three touchdowns, while quarterback Trace McSorley threw for 160 yards. Penn State host Ohio State this Saturday night at 7:30.
  3. Michigan (3-1, 1-0) – The Wolverines dominated both sides of the ball as they rolled the Cornhuskers at home. Michigan’s defense held Nebraska to 132 yards of total offense.  
  4. Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) – After losing to BYU the week before, the Badgers went on the road and came out victorious at one of the toughest places to play in the Big Ten Conference: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa. Wisconsin is now in the driver seat to win the Big Ten West for the third season in a row.
  5. Michigan State (2-1, 1-0) – The Spartans used their bye week to knock off a feisty Indiana team on the road. 
  6. Iowa (3-1, 0-1) – The Hawkeyes were just 57 seconds from defeating Wisconsin at home -- until Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook ripped the hearts out of Iowa fans with a late touchdown. 
  7. Indiana (3-1, 0-1) – The Hoosiers had 272 passing yards, but had trouble running the football with just 29 yards.
  8. Illinois (2-2, 0-1) – Losing to Penn State at home is better than a team losing to a lesser foe in the Big Ten. 
  9. Maryland (3-1, 1-0) – The Terrapins ran wild on Minnesota and rushed for 315 yards in their conference opener. 
  10. Minnesota (3-1, 0-1) – P.J. Fleck’s boat was not rowing as the Golden Gophers were sunk by turtle power on the road.  
  11. Purdue (1-3, 0-1) – Break up the Boilermakers! Purdue’s defense forced four interceptions against Boston College, who was ranked for the first time since 2008.   
  12. Northwestern (1-2, 1-0) – The Wildcats were improving on their school work with a bye week. 
  13. Nebraska (0-3, 0-1) – Scott Frost shouldn’t be on the hot seat because the Cornhuskers are going through a lot right now. Give it time and Nebraska will be better under Frost starting next season. 
  14. Rutgers (1-3, 0-1) – You might have a better chance of seeing pigs fly in New Jersey than the Scarlet Knights winning a football game this season. Rutgers lost to Buffalo, 42-14, but the Bulls are one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference.