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Around the Big Ten & Power Rankings: Week 13

Who's rising and falling in the Big Ten?

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1. Ohio State (10-1)

The No. 7 Buckeyes went down 20-14 to Indiana in the third quarter, but rallied behind a 54-yard punt return by Jalin Marshall and three straight J.T. Barrett touchdown passes to take down the Hoosiers, 42-27. Barrett finished with 302 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and Ohio State also lost a fumble. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 107 yards and a score.

Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday.

2. Michigan State (9-2)

The No. 10 Spartans easily handled Rutgers in a 45-3 home win. They built up a 35-0 lead at halftime and only allowed a third quarter field goal on the day. Connor Cook threw for 254 yards and two TDs and Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill ran for two scores each. 10 different players had at least one carry for MSU, including Cook.

Michigan State plays at Penn State this weekend.

3. Wisconsin (9-2)

The No. 14 Badgers edged Iowa on the road, 26-24. After leading 19-3 in the third quarterWisconsin nearly gave it away, but were able to hold on to the ball for the final 5:01 and secure the win. Melvin Gordon followed his record-breaking performance with 200 yards and two scores, but his record ended up lasting just one week after Oklahoma's Samaje Perine racked up 427 rushing yards. Gordon also added 64 receiving yards on four catches, making him the team's leading rusher and receiver on the day.

Wisconsin hosts Minnesota this weekend.

4. Minnesota (8-3)

The No. 22 Gophers held on in a wild finish to knock off Nebraska 28-24. On a ball that would've put Nebraska near the goal line with 1:19 left, Minnesota DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun stripped De'Mornay Pierson-El after Pierson-El had made the catch, securing the win for the Gophers. A Mitch Leidner two-yard touchdown run had given Minnesota the lead with three and a half minutes to play. Leidner finished with 135 passing yards on the day.

Minnesota plays at Wisconsin on Saturday.

5. Nebraska (8-3)

The Cornhuskers gave up a 24-14 third quarter lead and then coughed up a chance at a win when De'Mornay Pierson-El made a catch near the goal line but was stripped with 1:19 to play. Ameer Abdullah ran for 98 yards and a score on 20 carries and Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for 223 yards and a touchdown in the loss. It was the Huskers second straight defeat.

Nebraska plays at Iowa this weekend.

6. Maryland (7-4)

7. Iowa (7-4)

The Hawkeyes dropped a 26-24 game at home to Wisconsin. Down 19-3 in the first quarter, Iowa closed the game to 19-17 and then 26-24, but couldn't get the ball back in the final five minutes. Jake Rudock completed 20-of-30 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns and Jake Duzey and Kevonte Martin-Manley each caught passes in the end zone.

Iowa hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

8. Northwestern (5-6)

The Wildcats continued their offensive renaissance with a 38-14 win over Purdue. Northwestern built up a 24-0 lead and led 38-7 before the Boilermakers scored in the final minute. Trevor Siemian and Zack Oliver combined to go 12-of-23 for 178 yards. Freshman running back Justin Jackson ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and Ibraheim Campbell and Jimmy Hall both picked off Purdue QB Austin Appleby.

Northwestern hosts Illinois with a bowl game on the line on Saturday.

9. Illinois (5-6)

The Fighting Illini got their second conference win of the year with a 16-14 home win over Penn State. The game was won on a 36-yard field goal by David Reisner with eight seconds remaining, after he kicked a 25-yard field goal eight minutes earlier to cut the deficit to one. Reilly O'Toole and Wes Lunt combined to throw 215 yards, plus a TD throw by O'Toole. Mike Dudek caught 11 passes for 115 yards on the day.

Illinois heads to Evanston to play Northwestern for a bowl game this weekend.

T-10. Michigan (5-6)

The Wolverines fell at home 23-16 to Maryland. Michigan plays at Ohio State on Saturday and will need a big upset to become bowl eligible.

T-10. Penn State (6-5)

The Nittany Lions lost once again on a last-second field goal, this one a 36-yarder kicked by David Reisner. PSU took a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quarter but did not score again en route to the loss. Christian Hackenberg completed 8-of-16 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and Akeel Lynch ran for a 47-yard score in the final quarter, part of his 137 rushing yards on the day.

Penn State hosts Michigan State on Saturday.

T-10. Rutgers (6-5)

The Scarlet Knights fell 45-3 to Michigan State. It was their fourth loss in their last five games, after starting the year 5-1. Gary Nova completed just 11-of-26 passes for 108 yards and an interception, and Robert Martin was the team's leading rusher with 68 yards on 16 carries. Kyle Federico scored Rutgers' only points with a 44-yard field goal.

Rutgers plays at Maryland this weekend.

13. Purdue (3-8)

Little went right for the Boilermakers in a 38-14 loss to Northwestern. Akeem Hunt was the only Purdue player to rush for more than five yards, and ended up with 60 and also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby. Appleby threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns but also had a pair of interceptions. The Boilermakers got their second score of the game with 54 seconds left on a 9-yard TD pass to Justin Sinz.

Purdue hits the road to play Indiana this weekend.

14. Indiana (3-8)

The Hoosiers made it a game against Ohio State, taking a 20-14 third quarter lead on a 90-yard run by Tevin Coleman, but fell apart in the fourth quarter, giving up 21 points to the Buckeyes on the way to a 42-27 loss. Coleman ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns on the day and Zander Diamont threw for 114 yards and an interception on 11-of-27 passing.

Indiana hosts Purdue on Saturday.