Noel’s Big Ten Power Rankings after Week 13

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  1. Michigan (11-1)

Last Weeks Ranking: #2

Michigan finally ends their eight-game losing streak against their bitter rivals. The Wolverines ran all over the Buckeyes with 297 yards on the ground. 

Next Up: Iowa

  1. Ohio State (10-2)

Last Weeks Ranking: #1

Buckeye’s college football play chances go down the drain as they lose a conference game for the first time since they lost to Purdue in 2018.

Next Up: Idle

  1. Iowa (10–2)

Last Weeks Ranking: #4

Down 21-6 at one point, the Hawkeyes score 22 unanswered points in the second half to break the heart of the Huskers and Gophers fans. 

Next Up: @Michigan

  1. Minnesota (8-4) 

Last Weeks Ranking: #8

The best defense on the field wore maroon and gold as the Gophers stop Wisconsin freshman phenom Braelon Allen who only totaled 47 yards on the ground. Minnesota gets the Axe for the second time in four years.

Next Up: Idle

  1. Michigan State (10-2)

Last Weeks Ranking: #6

Kenneth Walker III goes for 138 yards and a touchdown as the Spartans finish the regular season with double-digit wins for the first time since 2017. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Wisconsin (8-4)

Last Weeks Ranking: #3

With a chance to win the division, go to Indianapolis, and keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe; the Badgers come out flat as their seven-game winning streak comes to an end. 

 Next Up: Idle

  1. Purdue (8-4)

Last Weeks Ranking: #7

Purdue takes back the Old Oaken Bucket as they beat Indiana easily 44-7. Aidan O’Connell throws four touchdowns on 278 yards. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Penn State (7-5)

Last Weeks Ranking: #5

Penn State finishes below .500 in the conference for the second straight year. The last time that happened was 2003 and 2004. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Illinois (5-7)

Last Weeks Ranking: #9

Illinois trounces Northwestern 47-14 as they hope to get bowl eligible going 5-7 overall. Not a bad first year for Bret Bielema. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Maryland (6-6)

Last Weeks Ranking: #11

In the battle of teams going for bowl eligibility, Maryland dominates Rutgers and is bowl-bound for the first time since 2016. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Nebraska (3-9)

Last Weeks Ranking: #10

It’s almost impressive how the Huskers lost their games this season. Every single loss was by single digits as they finished even in scoring differential in conference play.

Next Up: Idle

  1. Rutgers (5-7)

Last Weeks Ranking: #13

Rutgers lost their 19th straight Big Ten game at home. With a chance to become bowl eligible, they lose to Maryland 40-16. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Northwestern (3-9)

Last Weeks Ranking: #12

The Wildcats lose the Land of Lincoln Trophy to Illinois as their nightmare season ends when, this time last year, they were Big Ten West champs. 

Next Up: Idle

  1. Indiana (2-9)

Last Weeks Ranking: #14 

Hoosiers finish the year winless in the Big Ten after a year they go 6-1. Tom Allen has some big decisions to make this offseason. 

Next Up: Idle

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