Big Ten Week 7 Power Rankings

1. Michigan (2)

It was a tough call, but I believe the Wolverines edge out the Buckeyes by a hair at the top of the power rankings. Michigan steamrolled Rutgers 78-0 in New Jersey.

The Wolverines played perfect football in every aspect of the game. They easily could have scored in triple figures if they wanted to. Michigan racked up 481 yards on the ground alone.

Unbeaten No. 4 Michigan will play Illinois in two weeks.


2. Ohio State (1)

The Buckeyes powered through a confident Indiana squad, 38-17.

J.T. Barrett had a rare outing as he threw for only 93 yards with one score and one interception. The good news is that Barrett provided a spark in the ground game, leading Ohio State to 290 total rushing yards.

No. 2 Ohio State’s unblemished record might be in jeopardy as they hit the road to take on No. 8 Wisconsin (4-1) in a Top 10 showdown.


3. Wisconsin (3)

BYE


4. Nebraska (4)

BYE


5. Penn State (8)

The Nittany Lions continued to roar in a 38-14 trouncing over undefeated Maryland.

Penn State’s defense made a bold statement by holding a solid Maryland offense to only two touchdowns.

Saquon Barkley engineered the offense with 202 rushing yards and a score.

The 4-2 Nittany Lions get a bye week before playing host to No. 2 Ohio State.


6. Northwestern (7)

BYE


7. Iowa (11)

The Hawkeyes continue to prevail in low-scoring games, matching their win over Rutgers two weeks ago with a 14-7 victory over Minnesota.

Iowa retained the Floyd of Rosedale in back-to-back years. They are tied for first with Wisconsin in the West division with a 3-1 record.

The 4-2 Hawkeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. as they have a date with Purdue this Saturday.


8. Indiana (6)

The Hoosiers weren’t able to get the W on Ohio State’s turf, but they gave the Buckeyes a definite scare.

The Indiana-Michigan State game was no fluke, as it was a sure sign of things to come. The defense plays with discipline and fire, while the offense hasn’t missed a beat ever since the school’s career passing leader Nate Sudfeld graduated last year.

Indiana claims a 3-2 record and look to prevail against another ranked team in No. 10 Nebraska (5-0) on Saturday.


9. Minnesota (9)

The Gophers had a good defensive showing, but their offense did not muster enough production in a 14-7 loss.

Minnesota led 7-6 in the fourth quarter until Iowa running back Akrum Wadley ripped off a 54-yard touchdown to jump ahead for good.

With that heartbreaker, the Gophers are now 3-2 and look to get back on track against Maryland on Saturday.


10. Maryland (5)

The Terrapins are undefeated no more, as they were obliterated 38-14 at the hands of Penn State.

Maryland started to look like a possible sleeper in the East division after a 50-7 whipping of Purdue. But they were held to under 300 yards on offense and yielded over 500 yards to a high-powered Nittany Lion offense.

Now 4-1, the Terrapins will square off Saturday with Minnesota at home.


11. Purdue (13)

What a huge win for the Boilermakers as they shock Illinois in Champaign and triumphed in the dark, 34-31 in overtime.

J.D. Dellinger nailed the 28-yard field goal in overtime to lift Purdue to a 3-2 overall mark and their first Big Ten win.

What’s in store for the Boilermakers this weekend? An emotional Iowa team travels to West Lafayette to overcome their gut-wrenching start.


12. Michigan State (10)

The Spartans are in deep water as they now have a losing 2-3 record after falling to BYU, 31-14.

The Spartans’ playoff chances and the “back-to-back” chase for a repeat as Big Ten champions have been completely squandered only five games into the 2016 season.

However, they still have the opportunity to play spoiler to archrivals No. 4 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State and have a bowl game in their sights.

Michigan State will seek to notch their first conference win as they welcome Northwestern (3-2) to East Lansing for Homecoming on Saturday.


13. Illinois (13)

The Lovie Smith era is not off to the best start, as they lost to Purdue 34-31 in overtime.

The Fighting Illini’s 315 rushing yards kept them in the game, but they fell to the Boilermakers on a game-ending field goal.

It’s back to the drawing board for 1-4 Illinois, as they look to bounce back Saturday against Rutgers.


14. Rutgers (14)

The Scarlet Knights’ season and program is starting to crumble like crazy. They suffered their second straight shutout, this time at the hands of Michigan, 78-0.

Rutgers has now been outscored 136-0 in the last two games. Chris Ash has a lot of work to do in Piscataway.

It’s time to recuperate for the Scarlet Knights. Their next game on Saturday will be the battle of the bottom feeders as they face Illinois.