Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State takes over top spot in post-Week 9 list

Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State takes over top spot in post-Week 9 list

Move over, Penn State: Ohio State is the new king of the Big Ten. Do we really know how good Wisconsin is?

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It’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

1. Ohio State (7-1, 5-0). J.T. Barrett saved the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes and cast himself into the Heisman race with a huge comeback win vs. Penn State.
Last week: 3
Up next: at Iowa

2. Penn State (7-1, 4-1). The offense got stymied by Ohio State. The perfect season is over. And the playoff dreams may be, too.
Last week: 1
Up next: at Michigan State

3. Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0). It wasn’t pretty—it rarely is—but the Badgers just keep on winning. A 12-0 mark looks very possible.
Last week: 2
Up next: at Indiana

4. Northwestern (5-3, 3-2). That’s three wins in a row for the Wildcats, who have a good chance to win-out. Really.
Last week: 6
Up next: at Nebraska

5. Michigan State (6-2, 4-1). The four-game winning streak is over the Spartans, who need more from their ground game.
Last week: 4
Up next: Penn State

6. Michigan (6-2, 3-2). Say “hello” to Brandon Peters, who could be the starting QB until 2020.
Last week: 5
Up next: Minnesota

7. Iowa (5-3, 2-3). The Hawkeyes aren’t pretty, but they have a formula that works. The run game needs to improve.
Last week: 7
Up next: Ohio State

8. Nebraska (4-4, 3-2). The Cornhuskers showed fight by rallying in the fourth quarter to steal a win at Purdue. Good for Mike Riley!
Last week: 8
Up next: Northwestern

9. Maryland (4-4, 2-3). The Terrapins scored a big home win vs. Indiana to end a three-game losing skid. This is a resilient team.
Last week: 13
Up next: at Rutgers

10. Rutgers (3-5, 2-3). The two-game winning streak is over, but the Scarlet Knights are making progress under Chris Ash.
Last week: 10
Up next: Maryland

11. Indiana (3-5, 0-5). The Hoosiers are still winless in the Big Ten. Will this team make a bowl?
Last week: 9
Up next: Wisconsin

12. Minnesota (4-4, 1-4). The Golden Gophers just can’t scratch out enough consistency on offense, as the passing game struggles.
Last week: 12
Up next: at Michigan

13. Purdue (3-5, 1-4). That’s two horrid losses in a row. Remember when it looked like this team had a good chance to make a bowl? Forget it. Purdue has turned into a pumpkin.
Last week: 11
Up next: Illinois

14. Illinois (2-6, 0-5). The commitment to youth isn’t easy to watch, as the losses continue to mount.
Last week: 14
Up next: at Purdue

Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer

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


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