Where does Penn State Football sit in the latest Big Ten power rankings?

Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Amin Vanover (56) and Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Kobe King (41) celebrate after winning the NCAA football game against the Purdue Boilermakers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. Penn State won 35-3.Syndication Journal Courier
Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Amin Vanover (56) and Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Kobe King (41) celebrate after winning the NCAA football game against the Purdue Boilermakers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. Penn State won 35-3.Syndication Journal Courier /
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Nov 19, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes players celebrate with the Floyd of Rosedale. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes players celebrate with the Floyd of Rosedale. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports /

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4. Iowa (7-4, 5-3) Last week: 6

Somehow, someway Iowa wins game. The Hawkeyes beat Minnesota on a field goal with 28 second remaining to win 13-10. Once again, this was about the Iowa defense, as that unit forced two key Minnesota turnovers and kept the Gophers out of the endzone despite giving up 399 yards of offense. The offense is still a mess, but this defense is winning games and the Hawkeyes are one win away from the Big Ten title game.

3. Penn State (9-2, 6-2) Last week: 3

Penn State had a little trouble with Rutgers early but bounced back to crush the Knights 55-10. The Nittany Lions scored two defensive touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown en route to the win. The offense struggled early but got going behind the powerful running of freshmen running backs Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton. A win over Michigan State this week would give Penn State its fourth 10-win season in seven years.

2. Michigan (11-0, 8-0) Last week: 2

Was Michigan looking ahead to next week? It’s possible, as the Wolverines slipped by Illinois 19-17. Kicker Jake Moody came up clutch, making three field goals in the fourth quarter as Michigan trailed 17-10. The big story isn’t the fact that Michigan almost lost, it’s the fact that star running back Blake Corum suffered an injury. Corum was unable to finish the game and his status for the game against Ohio State is murky. Michigan is in serious trouble if Corum can’t go.

1. Ohio State (11-0, 8-0) Last week: 1

Another team that may have been looking ahead was Ohio State. The Buckeyes beat Maryland 43-30, but in reality, it was much closer as Ohio State scored a defensive touchdown to end the game. With both TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams hurt, freshman running back Dallan Hayden stepped up with 146 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Buckeyes to the win. The defense did struggle at times with Maryland’s strong passing game, but they made stops when they needed to.