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B1G Power Rankings – Week #4

Wisconsin looks great! Regardless of their competition, Wisconsin looks really good and their quarterback is playing really well. Conference play is right around the corner and almost every team has one more non-conference tune-up game left to make their mark in the rankings. It’s a safe bet who’s on top, but do you know who is the most not-on-top? Find out here:

Team Rank
(Big Ten)
Wisconsin Logo 1 (1) 3-0 (0-0) Russell Wilson has fit right in nicely with #6 Wisconsin and the 3-0 Badgers have set themselves apart as the team to beat in the Big Ten.  This season Bret Bielema’s team has outscored their opponents 135-24. That’s good enough stats for now to remain #1.
Nebraska Logo 2 (3) 3-0 (0-0) Although #9 Nebraska’s defense surrendered 38-points to the visiting Washington Huskies on Saturday, their offense was up to the challenge and hung 51 points of their own on the Husker opponent. Nebraska pounded out 309 yards on the ground. Bo Pelini’s team has one more tune-up game ahead of them next week before they play their historic first-ever Big Ten game on the road in Camp Randall Stadium against my current #1 Wisconsin Badgers.
Michigan Logo 3 (4) 3-0 (0-0) #22 ranked Michigan moves up one spot this week to #3, but it’s a sketchy move up to say the least. Conference play is right around the corner, but Brady Hoke has one more last big test on his hands in the likes of the 3-0 San Diego State Aztecs. The team Brady Hoke coached only one season ago.
Illinois Logo 4 (7) 3-0 (0-0) The #24 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini offense is really putting up some numbers. So far in the first three games, their defense too has also been impressive allowing only 32 points against, second only behind Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Penn State Logo 5 (9) 2-1 (0-0) Penn State went on the road and faced a more-than-game Temple Owls team. And the Owls held the lead over Penn State until the closing minutes of the 4th quarter. Penn State coach Joe Paterno is still coaching from the press box. That can’t help.
Michigan State Logo 6 (2) 2-1 (0-0) All I really have to say about the MSU game against Notre Dame is that it was very ugly. Michigan State really couldn’t get anything going at all. The poor MSU special teams didn’t help either as they were stuffed on a fake field goal attempt and also gave up an 89-yard kickoff return to the Irish.
Ohio State Logo 7 (5) 2-1 (0-0) Two teams that can feel each others pain, Miami and Ohio State faced-off in what was being billed as the Ineligi-a-bowl down in south Florida. Ohio State managed only two field goals and 209 yards of total offense against the then 0-1 Hurricanes. Luke Fickell’s team has one more tune-up game against the Pac-12 Colorado Buffalos this week before they begin Big Ten play vs. MSU. For their efforts OSU continues to drop from 5th to 7th this week.
Purdue Logo 8 (10) 2-1 (0-0) Purdue puts up a shutout against Southeast Missouri State 59-0 and earns a week off. They also earned a two-spot improvement in the B1G Power Rankings this week.
Iowa Logo 9 (8) 2-1 (0-0) The Hawkeyes have the most productive quarterback in the Big Ten right now with James Vandenberg and his 7 touchdowns and 825 passing yards. Iowa rebounded from their tough instate loss to the Cyclones last week to beat Pittsburgh 31-27 on Saturday. Unfortunately, I still had to move them down one spot to 9th.
Northwestern Logo 10 (6) 2-1 (0-0) I was all prepared to make Northwestern the #5 team in these wonderful B1G Power Rankings this week. All they needed to do was just go on the road and beat Army…but nope! They let me down big-time! The Northwestern defense held Army to only 6 yards passing on one completion but gave up 381 on the ground. Hello!? The Wildcats will have an extra week to prepare for their Big Ten opener against #24 Illinois on the road.
Indiana Logo 11 (12) 1-2 (0-0) Kevin Wilson finally got his first win as coach of the Indiana Hoosiers thanks in part to quarterback Edward Wright-Baker’s two touchdown, 271 yard passing performance. Indiana has a road game ahead of them this week against North Texas before they come home to open Big Ten play against Penn State.
Minnesota Logo 12 (11) 1-2 (0-0) It was a toss-up as to which victory was going to earn the previously winless teams in the Big Ten the 11th spot and save themselves the embarrassment of being last after three weeks of play. The coin landed in favor of the Hoosiers this week and so Minnesota earned the final spot in the B1G Power Rankings. But look on the bright side Gopher fans, your team is on a one game winning streak..


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