It’s late November, which means it’s finally time for some of the best games on the Big Ten Schedule, headlined by two top ten teams meeting in Columbus. There are also some good matchups down the line too. Time for the power rankings!
1. Ohio State Buckeyes (vs. no. 8 Penn State, noon on FOX)
Finally, the second biggest game on the Big Ten slate of the season is here. OSU has rolled through a couple of MAC* schools (no offense to the MAC, you’d beat up on Rutger(s) and Maryland too). Chase Young is back, and the Buckeyes should keep their perfect season alive at home.
2. Penn State
The Nittany Lions held off the best IU team in years at home last week. They’ll face their toughest test yet on Saturday.
3. Minnesota (at Northwestern, noon on ABC)
Ok maybe I was a week too soon on predicting Minnesota’s demise. They’ll have an easy scrimmage this week against Northwestern Saturday before a big one next Saturday at home versus Wisconsin to determine the Big Ten West. Also I realize I have Minnesota behind Penn State. Deal with it.
4. Wisconsin (vs. Purdue, 4 pm on FOX)
The Badgers host an injury-plagued Purdue team at home. The Boilers have been a tough out most of the season, so I’d expect this to be closer than you’d think.
5. Michigan (at Indiana, 3:30 pm on ESPN)
Is Michigan ripe for a letdown a week ahead of their annual meeting against Ohio State? Possibly!
6. Iowa (vs. Illinois, noon on BTN)
Iowa moves up a spot after their upset over Minnesota at home last week. This week, the surprising Illini pay a visit in another underrated game on the schedule.
The time is finally here to see if #9WINDIANA is a thing. IU played PSU about as close as you can on the road, and hosting Michigan a week after they blasted rival MSU and before they play OSU could make for another possible upset opportunity for the Hoosiers. Will this finally be the time they pull off an upset against a top Big Ten team? We will find out.
Illinois has seen a midseason turnaround that nobody expected. Fresh off a bye week after winning four straight, Illinois now has a chance to win 8 games if they win out.
Another opportunity for Purdue to play spoiler this week when they play at Wisconsin. However, it seems like the Boilers are playing for next year when they are healthy (fingers crossed) again.
10. Michigan State (at Rutgers, noon on FS1)
If the Spartans weren’t playing Rutger(s), there would be a lot more noise calling for Mark Dantonio’s job.
11. Maryland (vs. Nebraska at 3:30 on BTN)
The Big Ten disappointment bowl is here. Which team has been more of a letdown? A preseason ranked Nebraska? Or Maryland, who whipped Syracuse early in the year before falling off a cliff?
Good thing Scott Frost got that extension.
A week after playing perhaps the worst team in the FBS, the Wildcats get one of the best teams in the conference. At least they snapped an eight-game losing streak!
Not sure why they want this guy back as their head coach.