Big Ten Power Rankings: Ohio State nonetheless on high, Michigan State tumbles

Because the final weekend of October got here and went, three major storylines emerged from Saturday’s slate of Big Ten video games.   

First got here Ohio State’s thrilling come-from-behind win over Penn State by which protection saved the Buckeyes afloat till quarterback C.J. Stroud sprung to life within the fourth quarter.

Then got here Illinois’ spectacular 26-9 win at Nebraska that proved head coach Bret Bielema’s crew can enter one of many hardest highway environments within the Big Ten and impose its will on a subpar opponent.

And eventually got here the nightcap at Michigan Stadium, the place No. 4 Michigan rolled to a 22-point win over Michigan State that was marred by horrible scenes of postgame violence from the Spartans.

Ohio State rallies previous Penn State

Ohio State rallies past Penn State

RJ Younger reacts to Ohio State’s victory towards Penn State and explains why J.T. Tuimoloau was so dominant.

Listed below are our Big Ten energy rankings forward of Week 10:

1. Ohio State

Report: 8-0, 5-0 Big Ten 
Final week: 44-31 win vs. Penn State
Up subsequent: at Northwestern
Earlier rating: 1

The Buckeyes trailed 21-16 within the fourth quarter of what is going to seemingly be their stiffest take a look at earlier than internet hosting Michigan within the common season finale. For the second consecutive week, head coach Ryan Day’s offense started slowly by scoring only a single landing in its first 9 possessions. Conventional runs with tailbacks TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams, who left the sport with an harm and didn’t return, proved futile together with the bubble screens Day described as an extension of the working sport. However an OSU protection that compelled six turnovers in final week’s win over Iowa compelled 4 extra towards Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (three interceptions, one misplaced fumble) and remodeled certainly one of them right into a defensive rating. The regular stream of takeaways afforded the Buckeyes favorable area place for a lot of the afternoon, and ultimately, Stroud kicked into gear. The offense scored three touchdowns within the span of six minutes through the fourth quarter to show an in depth sport right into a blowout. 

2. Michigan

Report: 8-0, 5-0 Big Ten
Final week: 29-7 win vs. Michigan State
Up subsequent: at Rutgers
Earlier rating: 2

The scenes folks will keep in mind from Saturday’s rendition of the heated in-state rivalry come from video footage captured within the Michigan Stadium tunnel. Cellular phone cameras recorded the vicious beating of U-M defensive again Ja’Den McBurrows by a handful of Michigan State gamers in a daunting show. Head coach Jim Harbaugh advised reporters two of his gamers had been assaulted, although the id of the second participant wasn’t instantly revealed. Athletic administrators from each colleges communicated with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and native legislation enforcement on Michigan’s campus, and 4 gamers ended up suspended. The photographs overshadowed a dominant efficiency from the Wolverines by which tailback Blake Corum ran for 177 yards and a landing — he additionally caught a two-yard landing move — and the Spartans had been restricted to only 11 first downs. Harbaugh and his run-heavy offense greater than doubled Michigan State’s time of possession. After two years in East Lansing, the Paul Bunyan Trophy returned to Ann Arbor.  

3. Illinois

Report: 7-1, 4-1 Big Ten
Final week: 26-9 win at Nebraska
Up subsequent: vs. Michigan State
Earlier rating:

Head coach Bret Bielema’s squad trailed for fewer than 4 minutes of an emphatic win over Nebraska by which the Illini scored the ultimate 20 factors of the sport. Tailback Chase Brown stays the most effective tales in school soccer after speeding for 149 yards and a landing on 32 carries — his third consecutive sport with a minimum of 30 makes an attempt. Offensive coordinator Barry Luney Jr. continues to marry Brown’s toughness with outstanding effectivity from switch quarterback Tommy DeVito, who accomplished 20 of twenty-two passes for 179 yards and two scores highlighted by the 46-yard landing to wideout Isaiah Williams. A protection that ranks among the many greatest within the nation restricted the Cornhuskers to 248 yards of offense, 9 first downs and a pair of third-down conversions on 12 makes an attempt. The loss to Indiana in Week 2 stays the one sport by which the Illini have allowed greater than 14 factors this season. With residence video games towards Michigan State and Purdue within the subsequent two weeks, it’s tough to see Illinois stumbling earlier than its date with undefeated Michigan in Ann Arbor on Nov. 19.  

4. Penn State

Report: 6-2, 3-2 Big Ten
Final week: 44-31 loss to No. 2 Ohio State
Up subsequent: at Indiana
Earlier rating:

How rapidly the outlook for Penn State’s season modified Saturday at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions overcame interceptions from Clifford on every of their first two possessions to take a 21-16 lead over the Buckeyes with 9:26 remaining within the fourth quarter. Had head coach James Franklin’s crew secured the win, Penn State would have remained alive and effectively within the Big Ten East race. As an alternative, Clifford turned the ball over twice within the last eight minutes and a protection that stood tall towards Stroud and his arsenal of receivers lastly crumbled. The Buckeyes reeled off 28 factors within the last 8:51 to snap out of one other offensive funk and remind followers why many individuals view them as the very best crew in school soccer. For Penn State, the remaining schedule consists of nothing however winnable video games towards Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers and Michigan State, which suggests a 10-2 report is firmly on the desk. However how a lot is that report actually value if 10-2 nonetheless equates to the third-best crew within the division?  

5. Maryland

Report: 6-2, 3-2 Big Ten
Final week: Idle
Up subsequent: at Indiana
Earlier rating: 5

Fourth-year head coach Mike Locksley continues to impress together with his rebuild of a Maryland program that gained 5 video games in his first two seasons mixed. The Terrapins have scored convention wins over Michigan State (27-13), Indiana (38-33) and Northwestern (31-24) to attract stage with Penn State within the Big Ten East standings. Their solely convention losses to Michigan and Purdue got here by seven factors and two factors, respectively. No one else has come inside 13 factors of the Wolverines this season. The bye week got here at a beautiful time given the knee harm to star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who was unavailable for the win over Northwestern on Oct. 22 in Faculty Park. The following few video games will make clear whether or not Locksley’s crew is for actual with back-to-back journeys to Wisconsin and Penn State earlier than a house date with No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 19. The Terrapins shut by internet hosting Rutgers and can anticipate to complete the common season with a minimum of seven wins for simply the second time since 2014. 

6. Purdue

Report: 5-3, 3-2 Big Ten
Final week: Idle
Up subsequent: vs. Iowa
Earlier rating: 6

The Boilermakers had every week to stew following a disappointing 35-24 loss to Wisconsin throughout which they had been boat-raced within the first quarter and by no means recovered. That defeat dropped head coach Jeff Brohm’s crew a loss behind Illinois within the Big Ten West standings with 4 video games remaining, although these two groups face one another in Champaign on Nov. 12. However earlier than that pivotal conflict, Purdue should deal with an Iowa crew that snapped a three-game shedding streak by scoring a season-high 33 factors in one thing of a get-right efficiency towards lowly Northwestern. The Hawkeyes gained 178 speeding yards on 5.1 yards per carry and can take a look at a Purdue run protection ranked twentieth nationally (111.3 yards per sport). On the opposite facet of the ball, Purdue wideout Charlie Jones ranks second nationally in receptions (72) and sixth in receiving yards (840) to current an enchanting problem for Iowa’s elite cornerback tandem of Riley Moss and Cooper DeJean. The Boilermakers can’t get caught waiting for the date with Illinois.

7. Minnesota

Report: 5-3, 2-3 Big Ten
Final week: 31-0 win vs. Rutgers
Up subsequent: at Nebraska
Earlier rating: 8

The Golden Gophers loved an incredible bounce-back efficiency towards Rutgers after surrendering 45 factors and 479 yards in final week’s season-altering loss to Penn State. Minnesota’s protection smothered the Scarlet Knights by holding them below 90 passing yards, below 50 speeding yards and forcing three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble recovered). For Rutgers, the longest offensive play of the sport was an 18-yard completion to large receiver Sean Ryan. The return of sixth-year quarterback Tanner Morgan from a concussion supplied an emotional increase for head coach P.J. Fleck’s offense. Morgan was regular if unremarkable by finishing 66% of his passes for 122 yards on a day when rugged tailback Mohamed Ibrahim starred with 36 carries, 159 yards and three touchdowns. Ibrahim is now tied for third nationally with 13 speeding touchdowns and ninth in speeding yards with 955. He’s topped 100 yards in each sport this season and has 16 consecutive 100-yard video games courting to 2019.  

Mohamed Ibrahim rushes for TD

Mohamed Ibrahim rushes for TD

Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim runs for a brief landing towards Rutgers on Saturday.

8. Wisconsin

Report: 4-4, 2-3 Big Ten
Final week: Idle
Up subsequent: vs. Maryland
Earlier rating: 7

Wisconsin’s flicker of hope within the pursuit of a Big Ten West title is all however extinguished following Illinois’ win over Nebraska on Saturday. However there stays loads to play for in Madison, the place interim head coach Jim Leonhard continues his audition for the full-time position and gamers should resolve if staying at Wisconsin trumps starting anew through the switch portal. The Badgers gained’t face one other ranked opponent this season and can like their possibilities to compile a powerful end towards Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. Sophomore tailback Braelon Allen is rounding into kind with three consecutive 100-yard outings towards Purdue (113 yards, one TD), Michigan State (123 yards, two TDs) and Northwestern (135 yards). His season common of 108.8 yards per sport ranks 14th nationally and fourth within the Big Ten behind Illinois’ Brown (151 yards per sport), Minnesota’s Ibrahim (136.4 yards per sport) and Michigan’s Corum (134.8 yards per sport).  

9. Iowa

Report: 4-4, 2-3 Big Ten
Final week: 33-13 win vs. Northwestern
Up subsequent: at Purdue
Earlier rating: 11

It couldn’t have been a pleasing week in Iowa Metropolis after a 54-10 shellacking at Ohio State final weekend, and several other days of forwards and backwards between head coach Kirk Ferentz and the media concerning his son Brian Ferentz, the crew’s offensive coordinator. However the Hawkeyes responded with a powerful victory over cellar-dwellers Northwestern to halt a three-game shedding streak and claw again to .500 on the season. Maligned quarterback Spencer Petras accomplished 21 of 30 passes for 220 yards and a landing in arguably his greatest efficiency of 2022, whereas tailbacks Kaleb Johnson and Leshon Williams mixed for 136 speeding yards on 24 makes an attempt. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker’s unit tallied seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss and an interception towards a Northwestern offense that has scored greater than 20 factors in a sport simply as soon as since shedding to Southern Illinois (31-24) on Sept. 17. The Hawkeyes face a tough closing stretch — by Big Ten West requirements, a minimum of — with video games towards Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska.

10. Nebraska

Report: 3-5, 2-3 Big Ten
Final week: 26-9 loss to No. 17 Illinois
Up subsequent: vs. Minnesota
Earlier rating: 10 

Nebraska’s possibilities of pulling the upset towards Illinois had been doused within the second quarter when beginning quarterback Casey Thompson exited with a proper arm harm. Interim head coach Mickey Joseph advised reporters Thompson was experiencing numb fingers after struggling a blow to his elbow. Backups Logan Smothers and Chubba Purdy mixed for simply 4 completions gaining 16 yards on 9 makes an attempt. Purdy’s interception close to the Illinois objective line stifled certainly one of Nebraska’s solely high quality scoring alternatives within the second half, and the Illini turned that mistake right into a area objective that prolonged the result in 14. Issues don’t get simpler for Joseph and the Cornhuskers within the coming weeks. A house date with Minnesota is adopted by a visit to No. 4 Michigan earlier than a tough closing stretch towards Wisconsin and Iowa. It’s tough to see Nebraska ending with greater than 5 wins, and even that quantity is likely to be a pipe dream for a program in turmoil.   

11. Michigan State

Report: 3-5, 1-4 Big Ten
Final week: 29-7 loss at No. 4 Michigan
Up subsequent: at No. 14 Illinois
Earlier rating: 9

The one factor folks will keep in mind about Michigan State’s dulling loss to Michigan on Saturday is what occurred within the stadium’s tunnel. In a single day, cellphone movies surfaced capturing two separate incidents by which teams of MSU gamers attacked defensive again Ja’Den McBurrows and one other unidentified Wolverine. The footage reveals Spartans punching, kicking and smashing the Michigan gamers with helmets in ugly melees that can pressure head coach Mel Tucker, athletic director Alan Haller and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren to take swift motion together with the continuing police investigation in Ann Arbor. Already 4 gamers had been suspended. The violence overshadowed a hole efficiency by which Michigan State’s offense turned glacial within the second half till the ultimate, meaningless drive. The Spartans had been restricted to 37 speeding yards on 23 makes an attempt and by no means posed a lot of a reputable menace. Tucker has loads of issues to cope with on and off the sector.

12. Rutgers

Report: 4-4, 1-4 Big Ten
Final week: 31-0 loss at Minnesota
Up subsequent: vs. No. 4 Michigan
Earlier rating: 12

The excessive of final week’s win over Indiana that snapped a 21-game residence shedding streak within the Big Ten was changed by an echoing thud in Minneapolis. Former four-star recruit Gavin Wimsatt earned the beginning in Rutgers’ ongoing quarterback carousel however accomplished simply six of 17 passes for 68 yards and an interception earlier than leaving with an harm. His alternative, Noah Vedral, completed 3-of-7 for 18 yards and an interception. The Scarlet Knights completed with seven first downs and 134 yards of offense. Their protection wasn’t a lot better on a day when the Golden Gophers transformed 12 of 18 third-down makes an attempt behind tailback Ibrahim’s 159 yards and three scores. Minnesota dominated time of possession by holding the ball for 41 minutes.

13. Indiana

Report: 3-5, 1-4 Big Ten
Final week: Idle
Up subsequent: vs. No. 16 Penn State
Earlier rating: 13

At this level, it’s honest to marvel if first-year offensive coordinator Walt Bell shall be one-and-done at Indiana. The Hoosiers rank 106th in complete offense at 345.6 yards per sport, 128th in speeding offense at 80.4 yards per sport, final in time of possession with a mean of 24 minutes per sport, and so they’re certainly one of simply 9 Power 5 colleges with out a 60-yard acquire this season. Bell’s group has eclipsed 24 factors simply as soon as within the final 5 video games — all of which had been losses. A bye week gave the teaching workers time to reassess, however the subsequent two video games towards No. 16 Penn State and at No. 2 Ohio State will nearly definitely be losses. Indiana finishes the yr with a visit to Michigan State and a last residence sport towards Purdue. The potential for a one-win convention season looms.

14. Northwestern

Report: 1-7, 1-4 Big Ten
Final week: 33-13 loss at Iowa
Up subsequent: vs. No. 2 Ohio State
Earlier rating: 14

The Wildcats sunk to a brand new low Saturday by permitting Iowa to attain a season-high 33 factors after the Hawkeyes had surpassed 14 factors simply twice all yr. Northwestern was held to 18 speeding yards on 37 fruitless makes an attempt and completed with lower than half as many complete yards as a traditionally inept Iowa offense that ranks final amongst Power 5 packages and 129th general. Northwestern’s solely win got here in Week 0 towards Nebraska in Eire, which suggests head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s crew nonetheless hasn’t gained a sport on this continent in 2022. A ending stretch that features Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue and Illinois might produce 4 extra losses in a very heinous marketing campaign.

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Michael Cohen covers school soccer and basketball for FOX Sports activities with an emphasis on the Big Ten. Observe him on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.

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