Power Rankings: Wisconsin moves up to No. 2 in season's final poll

Power Rankings: Wisconsin moves up to No. 2 in season's final poll

The Buckeyes showed why they are the best team in the Big Ten by knocking off Michigan … again. But OSU won’t be going to the Big Ten title game. Instead, it will be Wisconsin vs. Penn State in Indianapolis next Saturday.

Get my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, below.

1. Ohio State (11-1, 8-1). It took two overtimes, but the Buckeyes showed their grit in grinding out a win vs. Michigan. Now, will OSU make the playoff?
Last week: 1
Up next: Bowl/playoff

2. Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2). The Badgers are headed to their fourth Big Ten title game, more than any other program.
Last week: 3
Up next: vs. Penn State, Big Ten title game

3. Michigan (10-2, 7-2). The Wolverines will have to wait another year to try to win the program’s first Big Ten title since 2004.
Last week: 2
Up next: Bowl/playoff

4. Penn State (10-2, 8-1). The amazing rise of the Nittany Lions continues, as Penn State is headed to the Big Ten title game. Incredible.
Last week: 4
Up next: vs. Wisconsin, Big Ten title game

5. Iowa (8-4, 6-3). The Hawkeyes ended the season with a flurry, winning their last three with a dominating defense that allowed just two TDs over that span.
Last week: 6
Up next: Bowl

6. Nebraska (9-3, 6-3). The Huskers are 9-3. But they went 2-3 in their last five games and got thumped 40-10 at Iowa to close the regular season.
Last week: 5
Up next: Bowl

7. Minnesota (8-4, 5-4). The Golden Gophers lost two of their last three games, falling to Wisconsin for a 13th time in a row.
Last week: 7
Up next: Bowl

8. Northwestern (6-6, 5-4). The Wildcats won two of their last three games to become bowl eligible a season after winning 10 games.
Last week: 8
Up next: Bowl

9. Indiana (6-6, 4-5). The Hoosiers are going to back-to-back bowls for the first time since 1990 and 1991. Take a bow, Kevin Wilson.
Last week: 9
Up next: Bowl

10. Maryland (6-6, 3-6). The Terps punched their bowl ticket with a win vs. Rutgers. The future looks bright under DJ Durkin.
Last week: 10
Up next: Bowl

11. Illinois (3-9, 2-7). The Fighting Illini ended the season with three losses in a row, as Lovie Smith still has work to do.
Last week: 11
Up next: Season over

12. Michigan State (3-9, 1-8). A disappointing season came to an end. Time to put 2016 in the past and focus on getting back on track in 2017.
Last week: 12
Up next: Season over

13. Purdue (3-9, 1-8). Mercifully, the season is over for the Boilermakers, who can look forward to a new beginning with a soon-to-be-hired coach.
Last week: 13
Up next: Season over

14. Rutgers (2-10, 0-9). The Scarlet Knights finished as the only Big Ten team without a league win. Offense, defense, there is a lot of work to do for RU.
Last week: 14
Up next: Season over

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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