Big Ten power rankings: Week 4

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini football staff ranks the football teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.

1. MICHIGAN STATE (Last week: 2)

Coming off a 46-27 loss to Oregon on Sept. 6, the Spartans have an easy go in their next two weeks, with Eastern Michigan and Wyoming up next before hosting No. 24 Nebraska.


After a 28-24 loss to LSU to open the season, the Badgers don’t have any large threats on their schedule until mid-November when they play No. 24 Nebraska. Look for Wisconsin to string together a slew of wins on its way to another big season.


The Buckeyes had an impressive 66-0 win over Kent State Saturday and freshman quarterback T.J. Barrett had six touchdowns on 312 passing yards, stepping up big in the absence of injured starter Braxton Miller.


The Cornhuskers had a dominant win over Fresno State on Saturday, scoring 55 points and putting up 562 yards offensively.


The Nittany Lions had another late-game win, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Rutgers 13-10. Penn State’s early season momentum has carried it to a 3-0 start, the best in the Big Ten East Division.

6. IOWA (4)

Iowa’s season was dampened Saturday by a last-second loss to rival Iowa State on a late field goal. The Hawkeyes now find themselves 102nd in the country in points for and 95th in rushing yards.


The Wolverines had a much-needed win over Miami (Ohio) Saturday and looked better offensively with 460 total yards.


Maryland allowed 511 passing yards in Saturday’s 40-37 loss to West Virginia. The team allowed 694 total yards and failed to win, despite four West Virginia turnovers.


The Golden Gophers were nearly shut out by TCU Saturday, losing 30-7 while gaining just 99 yards on 39 rushing attempts.

10. ILLINOIS (10)

The Illini didn’t look good in Saturday’s 44-19 loss at Washington. More concerning, Illinois’ troubles came at its own hands — giving up three turnovers and committing 11 penalties for 110 yards.

11. RUTGERS (13)

Rutgers nearly stole its first Big Ten game from Penn State in Saturday’s 13-10 loss, but a tough second half cost them. Penn State earned all its points in the second half and made a late-game push to ruin Rutgers’ Big Ten debut.


The Wildcats had a bundle of troubles before the season even began, losing starting running back Venric Mark — who was poised to lead the offense. Northwestern has yet to win a game heading into a much-needed easy matchup with Western Illinois.

13. INDIANA (11)

The Hoosiers were upset by Bowling Green, giving up 582 total yards on defense. Relying heavily on running back Tevin Coleman, Indiana’s hopes for improvement are lacking in crucial spots.

14. PURDUE (14)

The Boilermakers had just 56 rushing yards in Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame, getting outscored 13-0 in the second half on their way to a 30-14 loss.