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Week 5 Big Ten East Power Ratings

Michigan dominated Penn State from start to finish on Saturday in Ann Arbor, while Michigan State fell flat at home against Wisconsin.

Big Ten East Power Ratings:  Week 5


No. 1 Ohio State

DTCR:  51% (+5%)

Week 5:  Ohio State was idle this past weekend following their fast start and a big win over Oklahoma.  The Buckeyes will now nine straight Big Ten games to close out the season.  Ohio State's conference schedule starts with a pair of gimmes, as they host both Rutgers and Indiana at The Shoe the next two weeks.  I fully expect blowouts in both contests.

No. 2 Michigan

DTCR:  49% (+5%) 

Week 5:   Michigan toyed with Penn State during the entire 60 minutes of play in route to a 49-10 destruction of the Nittany Lions at the Big House on Saturday in Ann Arbor.  However, there is no time for Big Blue to rest with red hot Wisconsin coming to town this weekend.  The Badgers are off to a hot start despite the tough schedule and are looking to keep it going.  Michigan has the talent to slow down Wisconsin and they should come out with a hard fought victory to improve to 2-0 in the Big Ten. 



No. 3 Michigan State Spartans

DTCR:  0% (-10%)

Week 5:  At the beginning of the season I put Sparty on a 7-5 season due to breaking in a new quarterback and fully expecting an off year.  The road victory at Notre Dame in Week 3 got my attention but I should have stuck to my guns.  State totally forgot to show up on Saturday  and they let visiting Wisconsin completely outclass them on their own soil.  Michigan State should be able to lick their wounds and get healthy over the next four weeks as they should be favored in all four contests.  State travels to Indiana and Maryland with home games with BYU and Northwestern sandwiched in the middle.

No. 4 Maryland

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 5:  The Terps were off in Week 4 and Fear the Turtle Nation is excited due to a 3-0 start and new head coach D.J. Durkin.  Maryland comes off the bye to welcome Purdue this weekend and then head to Penn State to face their regional rival from neighboring Pennsylvania.  If Maryland can win both they will be in contention for a solid bowl destination.



No. 5 Penn State

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 5:  Penn State has one of the classiest fan bases in the country and they have to be concerned about the status of the once proud program after getting completing blown out by Michigan to start Big Ten play.  The Lions didn't look like the belonged on the same field as Michigan.  Penn State will try to rebound as they host 3-0 Minnesota this Saturday in their Big Ten home opener.  If Minnesota can get off to a quick start it could turn the crowd against the current regime.  Penn State is looking to save the season by coming home for two home games (Minnesota and Maryland) before their bye week comes in Week 7.



No. 6 Indiana

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 5:  The Hoosiers were hoping for a 3-0 start when Wake Forest visited Bloomington over the weekend.  However, the Demon Deacons were the squad that left with a perfect record as Wake Forest held off a late Indiana rally to win 33-28 to improve to 4-0. It will be tough for Hoosier Nation to rebound from this loss as they will meet up with Michigan State, Ohio State and Nebraska over the next three weeks.



No. 7 Rutgers

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 5:  If the Scarlet Knights were gonna make any kind of waves this year in the Big Ten they needed to open play with a home win over Iowa.  It didn't happen as Iowa won a defensive battle 14-7.  Life in the Big Ten doesn't get any easier for Rutgers as they travel to Ohio State this upcoming weekend and then host Michigan the following weekend.  Good Luck.

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