Big Ten football power rankings: Week 6

1. Ohio State (Last week: 1) Urban Meyer wasn’t afraid to use both of his talented quarterbacks in the Buckeyes’ 49-28 win over the TerrapinsSO. Cardale Jones started Ohio State’s drives and threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while J.T. Barrett worked the red zone and rushed for three touchdownsSO.

2. Michigan (5) — Jehu Chesson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Michigan built a four-touchdown lead by halftime against Northwestern in the Wolverines 38-0 winSO. Jourdan Lewis had a pick-six, and Jake Rudock threw for 179 yards.SO

3. Michigan State (2) — Running back L.J. Scott scored one of his two rushing touchdowns with 43 seconds left in the Spartans 31-24 win over RutgersSO. Michigan State improved to 6-0 on the year and 2-0 in the Big Ten.SO

4. Iowa (4) — Jordan Canzeri rushed for 256 yards on a school-record 43 carries to help the Hawkeyes hold off Illinois 29-20.SO C.J. Beathard threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa improved to 6-0, 2-0 in the Big Ten.SO

5. Northwestern (3) — Clayton Thorson threw for 106 yards and one interception while Justin Jackson rushed for 25 yards on 12 carries. Northwestern rushed for 38 yards —before Saturday’s contest it was averaging 248.8 rushing yards.SO

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6. Wisconsin (6) — Rafael Gaglianone made a 46-yard field goal with four seconds left to help the Badgers escape with a 23-21 win over Nebraska. Joel Stave threw for 332 yards and a touchdown while Alex Erickson finished with 113 receiving yards.SO

7. Penn State (8) — Christian Hackenberg threw for 262 yards and had two passing and rushing touchdowns each in the Nittany Lions’ 29-7 win versus Indiana. Mark Allen added 45 as Penn State improves to 5-1, 2-0 in the conference.SO

8. Illinois (7) — Illinois lost 29-20 to the then-No. 22 Hawkeyes. Wes Lunt threw for 317 yards and Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran for 67 yards. But the freshman back fumbled with 3:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.SO

9. Minnesota (10) — The Golden Gophers offense struggled at first but scored 31 points in the second half of Minnesota’s 41-13 win against Purdue. Shannon Brooks rushed for 176 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown run, and Mitch Leidner threw for 59 yards and two touchdowns.SO

10. Indiana (9) — Zander Diamont and Indiana’s offense struggled to gain momentum in the Hoosiers’ 29-7 loss to Penn State. Diamont replaced injured starter Nate Sudfeld and threw for 90 yards as Indiana lost its second straight game after winning its first four.SO

11. Nebraska (11) — There might be panic in Lincoln, Nebraska, after the Cornhuskers lost their fourth game on the opponent’s last drive. Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw for 129 yards and a touchdown in Nebraska’s 23-21 loss to Wisconsin.SO

12. Rutgers (14) — The battle to not be the worst team in the Big Ten continues, and the Scarlet Knights made a good case in its 31-24 loss to the Spartans. Rutgers tied the game at 24 with 4:21 left in the game and had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but miscommunication between players and coaches got in the way.SO

13. Maryland (13) — The Terrapins fired head coach Randy Edsall on Sunday after they lost 49-28 to Ohio State on Saturday. Former Illini offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will be the interim coach. Perry Hills became the fourth quarterback to see action for Maryland this season — he threw for 133 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.SO

14. Purdue (12) — The Boilermakers are worse than the two conference teams who’ve fired their respective coaches, but Darrell Hazel is likely to be the next Big Ten coach shown the door. Purdue quarterback David Blough threw for 207 yards and a touchdown but had three interceptions in the team’s 41-13 loss to Minnesota.SO