I’ve been saying it all season long. Illinois is sneakily the worst team in the Big Ten. Iowa’s absolute dismantling of the Illini is more than enough proof for such a statement. Zero points scored. Damn near impossible to do. Iowa scoring in the 60s. Downright unfathomable! Good for you Illinois, you should be proud of your enigmatic football team. You’re basically the Bermuda Triangle of college football; you’re the subject of countless gridiron anomalies. Like putting up nearly a mile of offense against Minnesota. So congrats on that I guess?
1. Michigan (10-1, 9-0)
Something tells me that Michigan-Ohio State isn’t going to be much of a game. I hope it is! But I’m mentally preparing myself for Michigan to just sit on Ohio State for 60 minutes in the same manner a fat kid just sits on a bully in order to prove an extremely important point.
2. Northwestern (7-4, 7-1)
What do you think the line is gonna be for Northwestern-Michigan? Michigan -17? -21? -25?!?
3. Ohio State (10-1, 7-1)
I HATE how I’m forced to put Ohio State here, but I simply can’t put anyone else at No. 3. As much as I love chaos, I’m kinda glad Maryland didn’t beat the Buckeyes just because I don’t know what the hell that would do to these here power rankings. I’m extremely selfish like that.
4. Penn State (8-3, 5-3)
Penn State has a chance at 10 wins if they take their bowl game. I suspect this will be the last chance a James Franklin-coached team has at such a milestone.
5. Wisconsin (7-4, 5-3)
Did anyone see this game?!?! The Badgers were down 24-13 then scored 20 points in the fourth quarter against Purdue and continue to also be a little bit of an Illinois-like enigma.
6. Purdue (5-6, 4-4)
As much as I wanted to put Iowa here, I simply could not.
7. Iowa (7-4, 4-4)
I said it whenever I had the chance leading up to the season: anything less than 10 wins for this Iowa team would be a major disappointment. And I believe we are majorly disappointed. Nine wins would be nice, but it simply doesn’t feel like it cuts it.
8. Maryland (5-6, 3-5)
I don’t think anyone predicted Maryland taking Ohio State to overtime. Good thing it doesn’t matter!
9. Nebraska (4-7, 3-5)
I honestly didn’t think Nebraska would ever rise this high in the power rankings, so good for them.
10. Indiana (5-6, 2-6)
I have absolutely nothing intelligent to contribute in a discussion involving Indiana football.
11. Michigan State (6-5, 4-4)
Michigan State could probably be a handful of spots higher, but they just lost to Nebraska in a rock fight and I mean if you can’t score on that defense I don’t know what to tell you. This is setting up well for when I’ll inevitably be eating crow after Iowa scores 11 points this week.
12. Minnesota (5-6, 2-6)
Minnesota has defeated Wisconsin just four times in my lifetime. The last time The Gophers took Paul Bunyan’s axe was in 2003. What I’m saying here is, that streak is going to continue this weekend.
13. Illinois (4-7, 2-6)
Man, I really wanted to put Illinois last after what Iowa just did to them, but I just couldn’t allow that kind of fake news appear on such a reputable blog.
14. rutger (1-10, 0-8)
Had myself a Friendsgiving this weekend. Brought homemade bar nuts. Ben’s roasted nuts were a huge hit. Would recommend bringing/serving at any obligations this holiday season.
You only get two more weeks of this aren’t you sad?!?