B1G Power Rankings - Nov. 1
1. Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten); last week's rank: No. 1
Last game: Idle
Never a dull moment, even during a bye week. Cardale Jones is back in as the starting quarterback, at least for one week following J.T. Barrett's arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. It really shouldn't matter who starts against Minnesota. Buckeyes are rolling.
Up next: at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CT Saturday
2. Michigan State (8-0, 4-0); last week's rank: No. 2
Last week: Idle
The countdown is on for Sparty. 20 more days before their big trip to Columbus. But they need to take care of business at Nebraska and against Maryland so that Michigan doesn't start to feel any hope for the B1G East crown either.
Up next: at Nebraska, 7 p.m. CT Saturday
3. Iowa (8-0, 4-0); last week's rank: No. 3
Last week: 31-15 win over Maryland
This could be a special November for Iowa. This doesn't look like a playoff team but the schedule sets up -- at Indiana, vs. Minnesota, vs. Purdue, at Nebraska -- to where they could be in the discussion.
Up next: at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
4. Michigan (6-2, 3-1); last week's rank: No. 4
Last week: 29-26 win at Minnesota
Lost in the wake of Minnesota's late-game mismanagement is the late-game grit from Michigan. The Harbaugh stamp on this program is mighty noticeable.
Up next: vs. Rutgers, 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday
5. Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten); last week's rank No. 5
Last week: 48-10 win over Rutgers
If Corey Clement (115 rushing yards, 3 TDs) had been healthy against Iowa, the Badgers season might have been different. Still, with him in the lineup, the Badgers still have a chance to hang around in the West. They just need two losses from Iowa to win it -- which seems unlikely.
Up next: at Maryland, 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday
6. Penn State (7-2, 4-1); last week's rank: No. 7 [MEDIA:1579484]
Last week: 39-0 win over Illinois
Saturday's rout of Illinois probably was the best moment of the James Franklin era -- outside of Signing Day. Running back Saquon Barkley and that defensive line are special. If Christian Hackenberg can remain efficient, the Nittany Lions have a shot at nine or 10 (with a bowl game) wins this season.
Up next: at Northwestern, 11 a.m. CT Saturday
7. Northwestern (6-2, 2-2); last week's rank: No. 6 [MEDIA:1579485]
Last week: Idle
Like Illinois, that Nebraska win looks less and less impressive. Still, Northwestern, which still has Purdue and Illinois on the schedule, can get to eight or nine wins if it protects home field against Penn State this weekend.
Up next: vs. Penn State, 11 a.m. CT Saturday
8. Minnesota (4-4, 1-3); last week's rank: No. 10 [MEDIA:1579484]
Last week: 29-26 loss to No. 15 MIchigan
An emotional week ended in heartbreak as the Gophers mismanaged the final 19 seconds and were stopped on the goal-line for the loss. Still, Tracy Claeys and his great staff had an amazing first 59:41 of the game. Their candidacy may have taken a shot in some minds, but that's too short-sighted. They should have a legitimate shot at keeping the job long-term, even if that seems unlikely with a new AD likely coming to town.
Up next: at No. 1 Ohio State, 7 p.m. Saturday
9. Indiana (4-4, 0-4); last week's rank: No. 11 [MEDIA:1579484]
Last week: Idle
The Hoosiers rise by default. Their losing streak likely will increase to six before must-win road games at Maryland and Purdue
Up next: vs. No. 10 Iowa, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
10. Purdue (2-6, 1-3); last week's rank: No. 14 [MEDIA:1579484]
Last week: 55-45 win over Nebraska
Illinois has had a better season to this point, but the Boilers have the momentum, confidence from last season's win over the Illini and a coach who is more likely to be back next season.
Up next: vs. Illinois, 11 a.m. CT Saturday
11. Illinois (4-4, 1-3); last week's rank: No. 8 [MEDIA:1579485]
Last week: 39-0 loss at Penn State
The Illini offense is just the worst right now. Quite literally, they are the worst scoring offense during Big Ten play (11.8 ppg) by more than five points per game. That's why it's tough to pick them to win another game.
Up next: at Purdue, 11 a.m. CT Saturday
12. Nebraska (3-6, 1-4); last week's rank: No. 9 [MEDIA:1579485]
Last week: 55-45 loss at Purdue
But Mike Riley is a really, really nice guy...
Up next: vs. No. 6 Michigan State, 7 p.m. CT Saturday
13. Rutgers (3-5, 1-4); last week's rank: No. 12 [MEDIA:1579485]
Last week: 48-10 loss at Wisconsin
No Leonte Caroo, no chance for the Scarlet Knights.
Up next: at No. 15 Michigan, 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday
14. Maryland (2-6, 0-4); last week's rank: No. 13 [MEDIA:1579485]
Last week: 31-15 loss at Iowa
Another competitive game coached by Mike Locksley, who's auditioning well for another offensive coordinator role. But turnovers -- Maryland is minus-16 in turnover margin this season -- have just crushed the Terps.
Up next: vs. Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday
Werner's Week 10 picks (winners in bold)
Last week's record: 4-1
Penn State at Northwestern
Illinois at Purdue
Rutgers at Michigan
Iowa at Indiana
Wisconsin at Maryland
Michigan State at Nebraska
Minnesota at Ohio State