Big Ten football power rankings for Week 11

My Big Ten football power rankings got a little more muddled on November 10 thanks to some more upsets.

As we get closer and closer to the end of the regular season, we're starting to see some real separation between the best of the best ... and the rest. At the same time, there is some serious muddling up of the middle of the pack. One team that is taking advantage of that is the Nebraska football team. Check out where they and the rest of the conference falls in this week's power rankings.

1

Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines just keep on beating down their opponents. This time they manhandled a Rutgers team that was clearly over-matched, 42-7.

2

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes needed the fourth quarter to put Michigan State away, but they still did put them away, 26-6. That win cemented that the game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines will be for the Big Ten title game.

3

Northwestern Wildcats

The Wildcats continued ripping right through the Big Ten West. In fact, they clinched the Big Ten West title with a 14-10 win over Iowa.

4

Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State has had a rather up and down season. It appears like it might be on the way back up after a dominating win over Wisconsin.

5

Michigan State Spartans

Speaking of up and down seasons, the Spartans drop a spot from last week's power rankings thanks to a loss to Michigan. Sitting at just 6-4 on the year, it's obvious 2018 hasn't gone the way they expected.

6

Wisconsin Badgers

Speaking of seasons going the way they didn't expect, check out the Wisconsin Badgers. A loss to the Nittany Lions has them at 6-4 and 4-3 in the Big Ten. This was a team that was considered a candidate for the playoffs before the season started.

7

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Yes, this might seem a bit high for the Huskers, considering they were 10th last week. Power rankings are always about who is playing the best right now. The Huskers are among the best in the conference, especially on offense. A win over Michigan State this weekend and they might jump even higher. Lose, and they'll fall back.

8

Purdue Boilermakers

We've talked about up and down seasons. There may not be a crazier one in the Big Ten than Purdue's. Despite having wins over three top 25 teams, including Iowa and Ohio State, they got hammered last weekend by Minnesota. With Wisconsin and Indiana left on the schedule, a bowl game isn't a guarantee.

9

Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa is yet another team in the Big Ten West that has had a disappointing season. That was underlined with a loss to Northwestern last week. The Hawkeyes scored just 10 points.

10

Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana took a step toward being bowl eligible with a win over Maryland. They also managed to jump a couple of spots in the power rankings, thanks to that slim win.

11

Maryland Terapins

The Terps started the year with a win over Texas. It's been up and down and round and round ever since. A loss to Indiana, last weekend, makes a bowl bid an especially tough accomplishment.

12

Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Golden Gophers just might have saved their season with an insane win over Purdue last weekend. With games against Northwestern and Wisconsin coming up, six wins still seems like a long shot.

13

Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini have returned to being among the worst in the conference. The team just doesn't have a defense. The good news for Illinois fans is that there is one team that is worse in the conference than the Illini.

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Two weeks after losing 18-15 to the Big Ten West champs, Rutgers went back to looking like they forgot how to play football. A 42-7 loss to Michigan has erased whatever ground they were getting. This team isn't winning a game in the Big Ten this year.

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