Week 4 Big Ten East Power Ratings

10 years ago the Big Ten was decided when 11-0 Michigan traveled to 11-0 Ohio State in the "Game of the Century. While both teams have a lot of work to do, we could get a repeat to decide the Big Ten East.

Big Ten East Power Ratings:  Week 4


No. 1 Ohio State

DTCR:  46% (+3%)

Week 4:  Ohio Stat is my new No. 1 team in the Big Ten East.  I am amazed at the job Urban Meyer continues to do in Columbus as he seems to reload every year and doesn't skip a beat.  For Ohio State to run the table they will have to win tough road games against Wisconsin and Michigan State and then finish off Michigan at home in the finale.  I think J.T. Barrett will be the difference maker in that game and that is why Ohio State flips Michigan.  The Bucks are off next week and then host Rutgers and Indiana before their trip to Madison.  



No. 2 Michigan

DTCR:  44% (-7%) 

Week 4:  While I still think there is a strong possibility that Michigan can be 11-0 entering the season finale with Ohio State, I don't know if they will be able to knock off Ohio State in Columbus with the talent Meyer has across the board.  Michigan's defense looked poor yesterday in their 45-28 home win over a much improved Colorado squad.  Michigan will get a chance to solidify their "return to prominence" spot in college football over the next two weekends as they host Penn State and Wisconsin.  



No. 3 Michigan State Spartans

DTCR:  10% (+4%)

Week 4:  A great win this past weekend for Sparty as they traveled to South Bend and outplayed the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  While Notre Dame doesn't look to have a stellar squad this year it is still an excellent victory for State.  Mark Dantonio clearly doesn't have the talent of Ohio State or Michigan in his locker room but he does have his style of players and players that understand his system.  Another thing Michigan State has in their favor is the schedule.  The Spartans have all their key games at home this year, and it starts this week with Wisconsin coming to East Lansing.  Later in the year Sparty will play host to both Ohio State and Michigan.  If Michigan State can hold serve and win their home games the Spartan could sneak in and steal another division crown.

No. 4 Maryland

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 4:  The Terps made the trip to Orlando to finish off their non league schedule against UCF and came away with a double overtime win over the Golden Knights 30-24 to improve to 3-0.  It looks more and more like Maryland will be a legit bowl team in D.J. Durkin's first season as the head turtle. Maryland is off next week and then opens Big Ten play with Purdue, at Penn State and Minnesota.  Maryland fans have to be thinking of the possibility of being 5-1 or 6-0 at the halfway point of the season.  I may regret jumping Maryland over both Penn State and Indiana, but I just have a hunch Maryland is solid and could be a 8-win team.



No. 5 Penn State

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 4:  Penn State was hoping to avoid complete embarrassment last weekend and go 0-2 against instate Pitt and Temple in consecutive weekends.  While it came down to the final minutes the Lions were able to secure a victory over pesky Temple and improve to 2-1 on the season.  Penn State travels to Michigan this weekend and then plays host to Minnesota to open their Big Ten schedule.  While they seem to have the offensive side of the ball figured out after years of poor play, it is now the once strong defense that is struggling.



No. 6 Indiana

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 4:  Like Minnesota the Hoosiers had a bye during Week 3 of the schedule and will have Wake Forest in Bloomington next weekend for their season finale.  Indiana should be favored against the improved Deacons, but it won't be easy for IU to finish the nonconference portion of their schedule at 3-0.  Wake Forest is now sitting at 3-0 after opening the season with wins of Tulane, Duke and Delaware.  IU will open Big Ten play in style in two weeks with a three game stretch of Michigan State, at Ohio State and Nebraska.



No. 7 Rutgers

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 4:  The Scarlet Knights improved to 2-1 on the season with a 37-28 home win over New Mexico on Saturday night.  The Scarlet Knights lone loss so far this season is to a Top 10 Washington team on the road.  If Rutgers wants to make waves in the Big Ten and show the rest of the conference that they are here to play ball they will have their chance over the course of the next three weekends.  Rutgers will open Big Ten play this weekend hosting Iowa, who is fresh off a loss to North Dakota State, and then travel to Ohio State before hosting Michigan.


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