Big Ten power rankings: Week 10

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. 


The Spartans put up 446 total yards on Michigan Saturday, demolishing the Wolverines 35-11.


Defensive end Joey Bosa had 2.5 sacks against Penn State, including one on the final play in double overtime to seal a 31-24 Buckeyes win.

3. NEBRASKA (3) 

Ameer Abdullah’s 225 rushing yards helped Nebraska cruise to an easy 42-24 win over Rutgers on Saturday.


Running back Melvin Gordon’s three touchdowns helped the Badgers make quick work of Maryland on Saturday, taking a 52-0 lead into the final minute of the game before allowing a Terrapins score.

5. IOWA (7)

The Hawkeyes’ 10 interceptions in their first seven games are helping change momentum back to their sideline.


The Wildcats are averaging just 20.9 points per game, the second-worst in the Big Ten.


The Nittany Lions’ 224 passing yards helped them nearly upset No. 13 Ohio State in double overtime.


A 21-point third quarter couldn’t save Minnesota from dropping its first conference game at Illinois Saturday.

9. MARYLAND (6) 

The Terrapins couldn’t score until the final minute Saturday, managing just 46 rushing yards in a 52-7 loss to Wisconsin.

10. MICHIGAN (10)

The Wolverines could only manage 61 yards rushing in Saturday’s 35-11 loss to Michigan State. 

11. PURDUE (11)

The Boilermakers are coming off two impressive Big Ten games, defeating Illinois and falling to Minnesota on a late field goal.

12. ILLINOIS (14)

The Illini defense allowed Minnesota’s David Cobb just 24 yards in the first half, allowing themselves enough room to hold on for a 28-24 victory Saturday.

13. INDIANA (12)

Running back Tevin Coleman helps lead the Hoosiers with 1,192 rushing yards, ranking third in the country.

14. RUTGERS (13)

The Scarlet Knights couldn’t stop Nebraska’s prolific rushing game Saturday, allowing nearly 300 yards on the ground.