Each week, the writers at Buckeye Wire submit their Big Ten Power Rakings from one to fourteen. We tally them up and give you a weekly snapshot of what we feel the pecking order is collectively. Here’s where things stand after week five when all the dust settled from whiteout conditions.
We are now completely into Big Ten play now and the separation is going to really begin in earnest. Ohio State got by (barely) in whiteout conditions, and we found out a little more about teams like Purdue and Michigan. Meanwhile, a slew of other Big Ten teams enjoyed a bye week.
14. Rutgers (14 last week)
At least the Scarlet Knights looked competitive against a fairly good Indiana team. Still though, a loss is a loss — is a loss, and there’s been a lot of them lately for Rutgers.
13. Nebraska (12 last week)
Keep it up and Scott Frost is going to be known as Jack Frost — his team is ice cold right now. There’s a long road ahead in Lincoln after another poor showing.
12. Illinois (13 last week)
Welcome to the bottom three of the Big Ten where being on a bye helps you move up two spots because there’s no chance to resemble a sewage spill. Illinois does look like it’s improving, but we still need to see a conference win in there somewhere.
11. Minnesota (10 last week)
Purdue is starting to find itself, so the Gophers get knocked down a spot while enjoying some R&R. Off to the grind and a chance to keep rowing the boat against Iowa this week.