Big Ten Power Rankings for Week 7: Michigan, OSU Rise

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Penn State Football fell to Iowa, meanwhile Michigan and Ohio State rolled, shaking up this week’s Big Ten power rankings

What a wild weekend it was in the Big Ten.

Two instant classics were played as Iowa edged Penn State and Michigan outlasted Nebraska. There was also a fair share of blowouts as Ohio State routed Maryland and Wisconsin shutdown Illinois.

The bye weeks are starting to come into play as well, as four Big Ten teams did not compete this past weekend and four others will be off this upcoming week.

Half way through the regular season, here’s how things stand in the Big Ten, the first conference to have five teams in the AP Top 10.


Fighting Illini 2-5 (1-3)

Last rank: 14

There’s really not anything positive to take from Illinois’ performance on Saturday against Wisconsin.

The Illini fell 24-0, and were out-gained 491-93 as the offense spent just 17 minutes on the field in this one. Illinois netted just 26 rushing yards and both quarterbacks, Art Sitkowski and Brandon Peters didn’t do anything at all as Sitkowski went 8-27 for just 55 yards and Peters was 3-7 for 12.

Wisconsin dominated on the ground, rushing for 391 yards and scoring all three of their touchdowns via the run. The Illini defensive line was just flat out bullied in this one.

This was the worst game Illinois had played all year and it came against a Wisconsin team that although it is talented, was in free fall. They have a bye week this week before heading to Penn State the following week.

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