Big Ten power rankings: Week 13

By Daily Illini Staff Report

1. Ohio State (Last week: 1)

The Buckeyes held off Minnesota to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play.

 

2. Wisconsin (3)

Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for an NCAA single-game record 408 yards in the Badgers win against No. 16 Nebraska.

 

3. Michigan State (2)

The Spartans had nearly 500 yards of total offense in a 37-15 win over Maryland last week.

 

4. Nebraska (4)

The Cornhuskers defense allowed Wisconsin 59 points on nearly 600 yards rushing Saturday.

 

5. Iowa (7)

The Hawkeyes shut down Illinois’ offense in a 30-14 win, holding the Illini to a season-low 235 yards.

 

6. Minnesota (6)

The Golden Gophers allowed 489 yards of offense in a close 31-24 loss to Ohio State.

 

7. Northwestern (9)

The Wildcats upset Notre Dame in overtime Saturday on four field goals and 547 yards of total offense.

 

8. Maryland (5)

The Terrapins had just six rushing yards in Saturday’s 37-15 loss to Michigan State. 

 

9. Michigan (8)

The Wolverines are second-to-last in the conference with just 20.7 points per game.

 

10. Penn State (10)

The Nittany Lions are rushing for a conference-worst 103.3 yards per game.

 

11. Rutgers (11)

The Scarlet Knights defeated Indiana 45-23 despite allowing Hoosier running back Tevin Coleman 307 yards.

 

12. Purdue (12)

The Boilermakers offense is miserable. They rank last in the Big Ten in first downs per game.

 

13. Illinois (13)

The Illini had eight penalties in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.

 

14. Indiana (14)

The Hoosiers lost to Rutgers 45-23 despite outgaining the Scarlet Knights on offense.