Big Ten power rankings: Week 12

By Daily Illini Staff Report

1. OHIO STATE (Last week: 2)

Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns on 300 yards passing in his team’s 49-37 win over Michigan State, leaving the question: What will Ohio State do with its starting quarterback position next year?


The Spartans’ defense fell apart Saturday, allowing Ohio State 568 yards of total offense.


Running back Melvin Gordon had 205 yards on the ground in the Badgers’ 34-16 win over Purdue.


The Cornhuskers are averaging 280.7 rushing yards per game through nine games this season.


The Terrapins’ strength comes in its special teams, leading the Big Ten with perfect accuracy on 14 field goals this season.


The Golden Gophers’ rushing game flourished Saturday, with nine players combining for 291 yards on the ground against Iowa.

7. IOWA (5)

The Hawkeyes defense allowed nearly 300 rushing yards to Minnesota in a 51-14 loss Saturday.

8. MICHIGAN (10)

The Wolverines squeeked out a 10-9 win against Northwestern Saturday, putting up just 10 points, all in the second half.


The Wildcats have struggled offensively this year, averaging just 19.1 points per game.

10. PENN STATE (8)

The Nittany Lions offense has been rough this season, averaging just 21.2 points per game on 77.1 rushing yards.

11. RUTGERS (14)

Rutgers is looking to end a three-game losing streak against Indiana on Saturday, its best chance at a win for the rest of the season with its remaining schedule against Michigan State and Maryland.

12. PURDUE (11)

The Boilermakers’ re-energized offense might not be enough, as their defense allowed Wisconsin nearly 500 total yards Saturday.

13. ILLINOIS (13)

The Illini are hoping a healthy starting quarterback in Wes Lunt may help settle a spiraling season, losing five of its last seven.

14. INDIANA (12)

Running back Tevin Coleman is pulling the weight for the Hoosiers this year with an NCAA second best 1,371 rushing yards.