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Week 6 Big Ten West Power Ratings

The Nebraska Cornhuskers make a move into a tie for the top spot after Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin all lose in key games.

Big Ten West Power Ratings:  Week 6


No. T1 Nebraska

DTCR:  40% (+14%)

Week 6:  The Cornhuskers continue to roll and in my opinion are currently the best team in the Big Ten West.  Mike Riley has his Huskers playing solid in all parts of the game and they are 5-0 because of that.  This is a Nebraska team that will not beat itself anymore.  With that said the Huskers season will be defined in late October and early November as they travel to Madison on October 29 and follow that up with a November 5th trip to Columbus.  If they drop both of those ballgames they will need Wisconsin to have three losses if they want to advance to Indianapolis.



No. T1 Wisconsin

DTCR:  40% (+19%) 

Week 6:  Although the Badgers lost in Ann Arbor to Michigan they continued to show they are clearly one of the best two teams in the West.  Their schedule is starting to look a little more manageable, with the most important game coming at home.  The Badgers are off this upcoming week and then come off the bye with a home game against Ohio State.  Their season will be defined during the two weeks that follow Ohio State.  A visit to Iowa and then a home game with Nebraska.  The Badgers could easily run the table after they get whooped by Ohio State.



No. 3 Minnesota

DTCR:  11% (-15%)

Week 6:  The Gophers had several opportunities to put the final nail in Penn State's coffin on Saturday but they just couldn't finish off the Nittany Lions and they paid the price.  The Gophers are not a discipline football team (8 penalties for 83 yards) and make too many mistakes to be considered a legit option to win a division title.  The good news is that there is still plenty of time and the Gophers will have a chance to redeem themselves with Iowa at home this week.



No. 4 Iowa

DTCR:  9% (-18%)

Week 6:  It is no longer a trend.  It should now be considered a fact that Iowa will have an off year when experts expect big things from the Hawkeyes at the beginning of the season.  Iowa lost their second home game of the year to a pesky Northwestern team on Saturday to move to 3-2 (1-1) on the season.  Like Minnesota, Iowa does have a chance to redeem themselves.  If they can beat Minnesota on the road they know they still have both Wisconsin and Nebraska at Kinnick later in the season.


No. 5 Northwestern

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 6:  The Cats must love their role as a spoiler because that is exactly what they pulled off last Saturday in Iowa City.  While Iowa has yet to be overly impressive the Hawkeyes were all set to be one of the most unimpressive 2-0 Big Ten teams after two weeks.  That all ended when a well coached and well disciplined Northwestern team knocked off Iowa on their turf.  I still think Northwestern is a pesky team that will step up to win a few more conference games, maybe even a couple when you least expect it.



No. 6 Illinois

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 6:  Illinois looked impressive and was threatening Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln.  However the Illini were unable to close and the game ended in a rather comfortable Husker victory.  Illinois may be a good team in the future but they will struggled to beat quality teams in 2016.



No. 7 Purdue

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 6:  The Boilermakers were not even a challenge for Maryland.  The Terrapins did exactly what the better team should do when Purdue is the opponent.  Get off to a fast start and watch Purdue quit.  As expected don't expect Purdue to win a conference game.  



*DTCR:  Division Title Confidence Rating

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