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Around the Big Ten & Power Rankings: Week 11

The Big Ten has a new No. 1.

Joe Robbins

1. Ohio State (8-1)

The Buckeyes got a marquee win on the road with a 49-37 victory over Michigan State. Three touchdowns on 300 passing yards and another two scores on the ground by J.T. Barrett has him in the Heisman Watch, and the win pushed OSU into the Top 10 in both the AP and Coaches Polls. Ezekiel Elliott added rushing 154 yards and two touchdowns, and three different Buckeyes receivers caught TD passes. Barrett won Offensive and Freshman Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his play. The Virginia Tech loss looms larger than ever when it comes to OSU's (and the Big Ten's) College Football Playoff hopes.

Ohio State plays at Minnesota on Saturday.

2. Michigan State (7-2)

The Spartans couldn't get it done at home, falling to Ohio State 49-37. They were down by 18 at one point in the fourth quarter, despite having no turnovers and more first downs than the Buckeyes. Michigan State also racked up 105 yards in penalties. QB Connor Cook threw for 358 passes and two touchdowns and was 25-of-45 on pass attempts, while Jeremy Langford rushed for three TDs on 137 yards on the ground. The loss essentially writes the Spartans out of the College Football Playoff picture.

Michigan State plays at Maryland this weekend.

3. Nebraska (8-1)

The Cornhuskers had a bye over the weekend, but did announce the new Freedom Trophy ahead of Saturday's inaugural annual matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin.

4. Wisconsin (7-2)

The Badgers picked up a 34-16 road win over Purdue in Week 11. They held a 24-6 lead at the half and outgained the Boilermakers 489 to 230 overall. Joel Stave played the majority of the game at QB, throwing for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Melvin Gordon rushed for a score and 205 yards on the ground, and caught a touchdown as well.

Wisconsin hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

5. Minnesota (7-2)

The Gophers got their best win of the season with a 51-14 home rout of Iowa. A 28-point second quarter helped them race out to a 35-7 halftime lead, which became 51-7 before the Hawkeyes scored with 14 seconds remaining. Mitch Leidner threw four touchdowns on 138 passing yards and rushed for another 77. Minnesota was 10-of-15 on third downs and held Iowa to 205 total yards.

Minnesota hosts Ohio State this weekend.

6. Maryland (6-3)

7. Iowa (6-3)

The Hawkeyes suffered another setback with a 51-14 blowout loss to Minnesota. Iowa actually opened the game's scoring with a one-yard run by Mark Weisman, but the Gophers proceeded to score 51 straight points before a 24-yard TD catch by Andrew Stone with 14 seconds remaining put the Hawkeyes back on the board. Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard combined for just 121 passing yards and only Weisman (21 yards) and Akrum Wadley (68 yards) rushed for over 10 yards.

Iowa plays at Illinois in Week 12.

8. Penn State (5-4)

The Nittany Lions won for the first time since Sept. 20, but it wasn't easy in a 13-7 win over lowly Indiana. After the teams entered halftime tied 7-7, Penn State used two second-half field goals to get the win, including one with 55 seconds remaining after an interception to seal it. Christian Hackenberg completed 12-of-29 passes for 168 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. In the second quarter, Bill Belton ripped off a 92-yard touchdown run, which was the longest rushing touchdown in Penn State history. The Lions were 4-of-17 on third downs but the defense held the Hoosiers to 221 total yards.

Penn State hosts Temple in one final non-conference game on Saturday, with a chance to become bowl eligible.

9. Rutgers (5-4)

The Scarlet Knights had off in Week 11. Rutgers hosts Indiana this weekend with a chance to become bowl eligible.

10. Michigan (5-5)

It wasn't pretty, but the Wolverines picked up their second straight win with a 10-9 victory over Northwestern. Neither team scored in the first half and Michigan led 7-0 heading into the fourth quarter, when the teams traded field goals. With three seconds remaining, the Wildcats scored a touchdown to bring the deficit to one, but opted to go for the two-point conversion and failed, giving the Wolverines the win. Devin Gardner struggled yet again, totaling 115 passing and rushing yards combined and throwing two picks.

Michigan is off in Week 12.

11. Illinois (4-5).

The Fighting Illini are coming off a bye week. llinois hosts Iowa this weekend.

12. Northwestern (3-6)

The Wildcats had a chance to send their game against Michigan into overtime but elected to go for two and the win. Unfortunately for Northwestern, quarterback Trevor Siemian slipped on the conversion attempt, letting Michigan squeak by with a 10-9 win. Here's a film breakdown of the failed play. Overall, Siemian had 273 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. On the ground, the Wildcats had just two players in positive yardage, and because Siemian's five sacks count as lost rushing yards, the team finished with -9 on the day.

Northwestern plays a non-conference game at Notre Dame on Saturday.

13. Purdue (3-7)

The Boilermakers lost 34-16 to Wisconsin and had only one quarter where they scored more than three points. Purdue had no turnovers and were only penalized 15 yards on the day, but went 5-of-17 on third down and had only 11 first downs total. Austin Appleby threw for 204 yards and one touchdown, which was a 79-yard score to Akeem Hunt. Kicker Paul Griggs made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 53-yarder.

Purdue has a bye this weekend.

14. Indiana (3-6)

The Hoosiers were held off at home versus Penn State, 13-7. Mark Murphy opened up the game's scoring in the second quarter with a 47-yard interception return, but it would be the only points Indiana scored all day against the Nittany Lions defense. The Hoosiers had a chance to tie the game or go ahead after Greg Gooch picked off a Christian Hackenberg pass at Indiana's 48-yard line and six minutes remaining, but Zander Diamont threw two incomplete passes and then was sacked, forcing the Hoosiers to punt. Diamont would then be picked off on Indiana's next drive.

Indiana travels to New Jersey to play Rutgers on Saturday.