Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State bolsters case for No. 1 spot

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State bolsters case for No. 1 spot

It’s still Ohio State’s world. And we are just living in it.

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The Buckeyes, fresh off their dominant 49-7 victory at Rutgers, remain atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

See my latest list below:

1. Ohio State (8-0, 4-0). Now, THIS is what the No. 1 team in the nation is supposed to look like. That’s a nation’s best 21 consecutive wins, if you’re counting at home.
Last week: 1
Up next: vs. Minnesota, Nov. 7

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2. Michigan State (8-0, 4-0). The Spartans keep playing with fire and not getting burned. But how long can this go on?
Last week: 2
Up next: at Nebraska, Nov. 7

3. Michigan (5-2, 2-1). Pardon the Wolverines if they are still stunned by that walk-off loss to Michigan State.
Last week: 3
Up next: at Minnesota

4. Iowa (7-0, 3-0). The Hawkeyes’ pursuit of perfect will continue vs. Maryland. Will anyone in the West catch Iowa?
Last week: 4
Up next: vs. Maryland

5. Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1). Joel Stave goes down? No problem. Bart Houston steps in and the Badgers continue to cruise despite myriad obstacles.
Last week: 5
Up next: vs. Rutgers

6. Northwestern (6-2, 2-2). The Wildcats got back on track after that two-game swoon. In fact, the offense looked pretty good at Nebraska.
Last week: 6
Up next: vs. Penn State, Nov. 7

7. Penn State (6-2, 3-1). James Franklin never is going to apologize for a win—no matter how dicey it may have been.
Last week: 9
Up next: vs. Illinois

8. Illinois (4-3, 1-2). There just isn’t enough speed on this offense, a fact not helped by injury, but the team plays hard and smart.
Last week: 7
Up next: at Penn State

9. Nebraska (3-5, 1-3). That’s five losses, the most the Cornhuskers have suffered since 2007 when Bill Callahan was coach.
Last week: 8
Up next: at Purdue

10. Rutgers (3-4, 1-3). The Scarlet Knights got a chance to see what the No. 1 team in the nation looks like. And it was painful.
Last week: 10
Up next: at Wisconsin

11. Minnesota (4-3, 1-2). The Gophers got to take a deep breath during a bye week … exhale … and realize Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa are up next.
Last week: 11
Up next: vs. Michigan

12. Indiana (4-4, 0-4). Here is all you need to know: The Hoosiers have been outscored 46-0 in the fourth quarter the last two weeks.
Last week: 12
Up next: vs. Iowa, Nov. 7

13. Maryland (2-5, 0-3). The Terps showed a lot of life A.E. (After Edsall). This team will win again in 2015.
Last week: 13
Up next: at Iowa

14. Purdue (1-6, 0-3). The Boilermakers got a “win” in the bye week with the announcement of a $60 million football facility.
Last week: 14
Up next: vs. Nebraska

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