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Around the Big Ten & Power Rankings: Week 10

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Your weekly look at where the Big Ten stands.

Joe Robbins

1. Michigan State (7-1)

The Spartans had off in Week 10, but remain number one. They also found out that they are No. 8 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings.

Michigan State hosts Ohio State on Saturday in a very B1G showdown, and opens up as two-point favorites at home.

2. Ohio State (7-1)

The Buckeyes took care of Illinois 55-14 after the scare from Penn State. J.T. Barrett bounced back by throwing two touchdowns across 167 yards, while Cardale Jones also saw some snaps at QB and threw two TDs in nine pass attempts. Curtis Samuel ran for two scores and OSU had over double the total yardage of the Illini. And yesterday, they got a commitment from Top-50 player Torrance Gibson.

Ohio State plays at Michigan State this weekend.

3. Nebraska (8-1)

The Cornhuskers continued to roll with a 35-14 win over Purdue, despite losing Ameer Abdullah due to an injury. He was later diagnosed with an MCL sprain, and his status is currently uncertain (Nebraksa has off this weekend). Without Abdullah, QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. was the team's leading rusher with 70 yards and one touchdown on the ground, but he completed just 8-of-21 passes and threw two interceptions.

Nebraska has a bye in Week 11.

4. Wisconsin (6-2)

The Badgers went to New Jersey and beat Rutgers 37-0, meaning they beat the Big Ten newcomers by a combined 89-7 score. The large majority of Wisconsin's offense against the Scarlet Knights came via the ground game, as Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy combined for 87 yards and an interception on eight completions. Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon each ran for over 125 yards and two touchdowns, and Rafael Gaglianone was 3/3 on field goals.

Wisconsin plays at Purdue on Saturday.

5. Minnesota (6-2)

The Gophers are coming off of a bye week. They host Iowa on Saturday.

6. Maryland (6-3)

7. Iowa (6-3)

The Hawkeyes came off their bye week by beating Northwestern 48-7. Mark Weisman ran for 96 yards and three touchdowns, including two in Iowa's 24-point first quarter. The Hawkeyes totaled 483 yards and held the Wildcats to 180, and Jake Rudock threw for one TD across 239 yards. C.J. Beathard also saw some time at QB near the end, completing 5-of-6 passes for 23 yards and running for another 23.

Iowa plays at Minnesota this weekend.

8. Rutgers (5-4)

The Scarlet Knights were shut out 37-0 by Wisconsin. It was the first time Rutgers was shut out in 12 years, and ended a brutal three-game stretch that also included Ohio State and Nebraska. Gary Nova and Chris Laviano combined to complete just 7-of-27-passes for 63 yards, and no player rushed for more than 63. Rutgers only had eight first downs all game and 139 total yards, and did not attempt a field goal.

Rutgers has off in Week 11.

9. Northwestern (3-5)

The Wildcats continued their slide with a 48-7 road loss to Iowa. They've now lost three in a row and have not scored 20 points in a game since the win over Wisconsin on Oct. 4. Justin Jackson ran for 96 yards and the Wildcats' lone touchdown, while Trevor Siemian and Zack Oliver combined for 75 passing yards. Siemian was sacked five times and lost 47 yards on the day.

Northwestern hosts Michigan this weekend.

10. Penn State (4-4)

After the one-point home loss to Maryland, the Nittany Lions schedule eases up. They will look to win for the first time since Sept. 20 when they play at Indiana in Week 11.

11. Michigan (4-5)

The Wolverines got back in the win column with a 35-10 home win over Indiana. Devin Gardner completed 22-of-29 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and Amara Darboh caught a TD and finished with 107 receiving yards. Drake Johnson added two scores and 122 yards on the ground. As you've probably heard, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned last Friday, after weeks of many Wolverines fans calling for his job.

Michigan plays Northwestern in Evanston next.

12. Purdue (3-6)

The Boilermakers lost, but they did become one of just three teams on the season to hold Nebraska to 35 points or fewer, and held an offense averaging the 12th most points in the FBS to 297 total yards (without Abdullah for most of the game, it should be noted). Austin Appleby completed just 18-of-46 passes and threw a touchdown and two interceptions.

Purdue hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

13. Illinois (4-5)

After the win over Minnesota, the Illini could not keep their momentum going against OSU in Columbus. They were down by as much as 48-0 on the way to a 55-14 loss. After Reilly O'Toole completed just 4-of-11 passes with two interceptions, Aaron Bailey came in and threw a TD and for 79 yards. No Illinois player rushed for more than 39 yards and no receiver had more than three catches. The Illini had four turnovers in all.

Illinois has a bye this weekend.

14. Indiana (3-5)

The Hoosiers continue to have little passing game in the wake of Nate Sudfeld's injury. Zander Diamont attempted just eight passes for 24 yards, though he did run for 49 on the ground. Tevin Coleman ran for 108 yards on 27 carries, and between the two that was about all of note for Indiana's offense. Defensively, Chase Dutra grabbed an interception, but Michigan racked up over 400 yards on the day.

Indiana hosts Penn State in Week 11.