Big Ten power rankings after Week 8: A gulf from top to bottom

Once again, 10 of the Big Ten’s 14 teams were in action on Week 8, but this week, very little surprised.

Ohio State struggled for a half against Iowa before blowing the Hawkeyes out. Rutgers came back to beat Indiana at home.

A short-handed Maryland squad upended Indiana.

Wisconsin surprised Purdue, and Penn State rebounded against a Tanner Morgan-less Minnesota in a white out.

Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State and Illinois all had a bye week.

So, was Ohio State’s win over Iowa enough to vault it back into the top spot?

Where did the other teams move after Week 8?

Here are our latest Big Ten power rankings now that Week 8 is in the books.

14. Northwestern Wildcats (1-6) Pvs Rank 14 Hi/Lo  9/14 Chg      – Next week, Northwestern heads to Iowa.

13. Indiana Hoosiers (3-5) Pvs Rank 13 Hi/Lo  11/14 Chg      – Indiana is on bye next week.

12. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4) Pvs Rank 12 Hi/Lo  8/14 Chg      – Nebraska was on bye in Week 8 and hosts Illinois this next week.

11. Iowa Hawkeyes (3-4) Pvs Rank 8 Hi/Lo  6/11 Chg      -3

10. Michigan State Spartans (3-4) Pvs Rank 10 Hi/Lo    4/13 Chg      – Michigan State was on a bye week in Week 8, but travels to Ann Arbor to face undefeated Michigan under the lights in Week 9.

9. Wisconsin Badgers (4-4) Pvs Rank 11 Hi/Lo    3/11 Chg     +2

8. Purdue Boilermakers (5-3) Pvs Rank 5 Hi/Lo    5/12 Chg     -3 Yes, despite having lost at Wisconsin, we still have Purdue ranked ahead of the Badgers.

7. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3) Pvs Rank 7 Hi/Lo    2/7 Chg     –

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-3) Pvs Rank 6 Hi/Lo    6/12 Chg    +3 Rutgers goes to Minnesota next week before hosting Michigan in Week 10.

5. Maryland Terrapins (6-2) Pvs Rank 6 Hi/Lo    5/10 Chg    +1

4. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) Pvs Rank 4 Hi/Lo    3/6 Chg    – Up next, Penn State hosts Ohio State.

3. Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1) Pvs Rank 3 Hi/Lo    3/13 Chg    – Illinois was on bye in Week 8. Next week, the Illini will face a resurgent Nebraska team.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) Pvs Rank 2 Hi/Lo    1/2 Chg    – OSU can certainly move back up into our top spot if it has a dominant win in Happy Valley next week.

1. Michigan Wolverines (7-0) Pvs Rank 1 Hi/Lo   1/3 Chg    – One other thing is for sure: considering how the Nittany Lions played Nebraska, it does look like Michigan’s run offense and defense are quite legitimate.

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