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BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 11

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Hello, parity. We missed you.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Iowa Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

What a weekend! The once uber top-heaviness of the Big Ten is only slightly less top-heavy now as no team remains perfect in the conference.

Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State all rolled this weekend, while Michigan. Well, you know what happened to Michigan. The Big Ten is still a little more befuddling than I think most would be comfortable with, but I love the idea of Ohio State no longer controlling its own destiny and a three-way tie for the East coming in to play here. Chaos. That, my friends, is football.

  1. Ohio State (9-1, 6-1): So after that game in Iowa City I firmly believe Ohio State is the best team in the conference. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes will be making it back to Indy, which could very well hurt their CFP chances. Ohio State will not only need to win its final two games of the year—one of which is against Michigan—while Penn State will need to lose one of its final games. Those contests are played against Rutgers and Michigan State. :|

2. Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2): I really like the idea of Wisconsin going to Indianapolis and beating whoever it lines up against. Would that mean a Big Ten team might not got in the CFP? Maybe! Do I really care? No! Because this is Alabama’s world. And we’re just living in it.

Penn State v Indiana Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

3. Penn State (8-2, 6-1): Even though Penn State got throttled by Michigan, and would almost certainly get whooped by the Wolverines again I’m putting them here because Michigan just lost to Iowa and because I have a keyboard and you don’t.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Iowa Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

4. Michigan (9-1, 6-1): HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YOU LOST TO IOWA A TEAM THAT LOOKED LIKE IT COULDN’T TELL ITS ASS FROM ITS ELBOW TWO WEEKS AGO.

5. Nebraska (8-2, 5-2): Nebraska is going to need some help from Wisconsin if it wants to make it to Indy. Let’s help out Wisconsin on Black Friday in a couple weeks y’all. #BanBugEaters.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Iowa Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

6. Iowa (6-4, 4-3): This is what I said about Iowa last week, when I put them at No. 14:

It has not hit rock bottom in the wins-losses sense, but it feels like it. I am fully confident there won’t be any coaching shake-up in the offseason to give Iowa fans any sense of hope…..Competitively Iowa may not be the absolute worst team in the conference, but you could make the argument that 13 other teams have more reason for optimism than Iowa, and that is not a place where you want to be in the first place.

Well look who’s the idiot now? Seriously, though. Where has the play calling and defensive-scheming been all season? That is a little concerning, if you ask me.

7. Northwestern (5-5, 4-3): Lots of people think Northwestern should be higher than Iowa, I would imagine. Don’t care.

8. Minnesota (7-3, 4-3): The Gophers had Nebraska on the ropes in Lincoln until Mitch Leidner threw an interception. Who saw that one coming?

NCAA Football: Penn State at Indiana Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

9. Indiana (5-5, 3-4): Man, I thought Chaos Team was going to do it again for us and upset Penn State on Saturday. It looked like the stars were really aligning, then Saquon Barkley happened and here we are, living in a world where Penn State has a chance of going to Indianapolis this year, just like we all predicted.

10. Maryland (5-5, 2-5): Maryland plays Nebraska next week, but after that gets to take on Rutgers! Hello, bowl eligibility, you magnificent bastard.

11. Illinois (3-7, 2-5): What if Illinois beat Iowa next week? Wouldn’t that just be a kick in the pants.

12. Michigan State (3-7, 1-6): Sparty’s next two games are against Ohio State and Penn State. Sorry.

13. Purdue (3-7, 1-6): Purdue’s next two games are against Nebraska and Indiana. Sorry.

14. Rutgers (2-8, 0-7): Rutgers’ next two games are against Wisconsin Penn State and Maryland. Maybe it takes down Maryland? Nope sorry.