Big Ten power rankings: Week 11

By Daily Illini Staff Report

 1. MICHIGAN STATE (LAST WEEK: 1)

The Spartans boast the best offense in the Big Ten with 515.3 yards per game heading into a huge matchup with Ohio State on Saturday night.

2. OHIO STATE (2)

The Buckeyes are coming off a dominating 55-14 win over Illinois in which the Illini had four turnovers.

3. WISCONSIN (4)

The Badgers shut out Rutgers 37-0 with the help of running back Melvin Gordon’s 128 yards and two touchdowns.

4. NEBRASKA (3)

Heisman hopeful running back Ameer Abdullah went down with an injury early in the Cornhuskers’ 35-14 win over Purdue, causing concern in Nebraska.

5. IOWA (5)

The Hawkeyes made quick work of Northwestern, putting up 38 points in the first half while holding the Wildcats to just 75 passing yards in a 48-7 win.

6. MARYLAND (9)

Four turnovers helped the Terrapins pull out a close 20-19 win over Penn State, gaining just 33 yards on the ground.

7. NORTHWESTERN (6)

The Wildcats were just 9-for-24 passing the ball with only 75 yards through the air, losing to Iowa 48-7.

8. PENN STATE (7)

The Nittany Lions fell apart late in Saturday’s 20-19 loss to Maryland, allowing 13 fourth quarter points.

9. MINNESOTA (8)

The Golden Gophers have forced 19 turnovers in their first eight games, one of the best in the conference.

10. MICHIGAN (10)

Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner led Michigan past Indiana with two touchdowns on 220 passing yards.

11. PURDUE (11)

Boilermaker quarterback Austin Appleby’s 216 passing yards weren’t enough for Purdue, losing to Nebraska 35-14.

12. INDIANA (13)

Running back Tevin Coleman had another 100-plus yard rushing game, but it wasn’t enough as the Hoosiers fell to Michigan 34-10.

13. ILLINOIS (12)

The Illini had four turnovers in their 55-14 loss at Ohio State on Saturday.

14. RUTGERS (14)

The Scarlet Knights were unable to get anything going in Saturday’s shut out loss to Wisconsin, gaining just 63 passing yards and 76 yards on the ground.