Big Ten Recap & Power Rankings – Week 6

By: Ryan Clark

Week 6 is now in the books. No real big surprises here, except for maybe the lack of scoring in the Michigan/ Iowa and Nebraska/ Northwestern games. If you like defense, then these were the games for you. The big game this weekend has to be Penn St at Iowa. Penn St’s 14th-ranked offense against Iowa’s 5th-ranked defense? Can’t wait for it.

West

1. #8 Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0) blasted Kent St 48-0. Jonathan Taylor accounted for 215 yards of offense (and five TD’s), which was almost double the output of the Golden Flashes. Up next: vs. Michigan St.

2. #14 Iowa (4-1, 1-1) lost to Michigan 10-3. Penalties, turnovers, and sacks, oh my! It’s very tough to win games when committing too many of one of these, let alone all three. Up next: vs. Penn St.

3. Minnesota (5-0, 2-0) beat Illinois 40-17. Rodney Smith was spectacular, as he rushed for 211 yards (8.8 average) and a TD. The ground game as a whole netter 332 yards. Up next: vs. Nebraska.

4. Nebraska (4-2, 2-1) got by Northwestern 13-10. The Huskers lost QB Adrian Martinez and WR JD Spielman to injuries in this one. Keep an eye on the injury report this week. Up next: at Minnesota.

5. Northwestern (1-4, 0-3) lost to Nebraska 13-10. The defense played extremely well again. If this team had any kind of offense, they’d be downright scary. Up Next: Bye.

6. Purdue (1-4, 0-2) lost to Penn St 35-7. They need QB Elijah Sindelar and WR Rondale Moore back ASAP. Up next: vs. Maryland.

7. Illinois (2-3, 0-2) lost to Minnesota 40-17. Two TD’s by the defense were the only bright spots in an otherwise dismal day for the Illini. Up next: vs. Michigan.

East

1. #4 Ohio St (6-0, 3-0) beat Michigan St 34-10. Justin Fields and JK Dobbins led the offense to 529 yards against the nation’s 7th-ranked defense. This team is downright scary. Up next: Bye.

2. #12 Penn St (5-0, 2-0) rolled over Purdue 35-7. The Nittany Lions registered 10 sacks on the day, while holding Purdue’s offense to just 104 total yards. Up next: at Iowa.

3. #19 Michigan (4-1, 2-1) beat Iowa 10-3. This was by far the best game Michigan has played defensively all year. The defense got eight sacks and allowed one (!) yard of rushing total. Up next: at Illinois.

4. #25 Michigan St (4-2, 2-1) lost to Ohio St 34-10. The Spartans hung with the Buckeyes for a good part of the 1st half, and then, well that was that. Up next: at Wisconsin.

5. Maryland (3-2, 1-1) defeated Rutgers 48-7. Several big plays contributed to this rout – an 80-yard pass, an 80-yard run, and a 100- yard kick off return. The Terps are back, baby! Up next: at Purdue.

6. Indiana (3-2, 0-1) had a bye this week. Up next: vs. Rutgers.

7. Rutgers (1-4, 0-3) lost to Maryland 48-7. Interim head coach Nunzio Campanile lost in his debut, and will not be favored in any game the rest of the season, not even against Liberty in Week 9. Up next: at Indiana.