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Week 9 Big Ten East Power Ratings

Ohio State has clearly reloaded but their new stars just couldn't finish off consecutive road trips to Wisconsin and Penn State. Michigan is No. 1 but still have to travel to Columbus.

Big Ten East Power Ratings:  Week 9

No. 1 Michigan

DTCR:  60% (+20%)

Week 9:  The loss by Ohio State this past weekend to Penn State really didn't help Michigan's chances as much as you may think as the Wolverines will still need to beat the Buckeyes in Columbus to head to Indianapolis.  Michigan has the firepower to knock off the Bucks, but  most importantly they have the defense to run the table and beat any team in the nation.  Yes, that means you Alabama.

No. 2 Ohio State

DTCR:  40% (-20%) 

Week 9:  Urban Meyer clearly knows how to rebuild with talent, but young talent can often slip up when you least expect it.  The Buckeyes passed an early test at Oklahoma and even a bigger test last weekend in Madison, however it was James Franklin who registered his biggest win at Penn State over Meyer and his new collection of future first round selections. Ohio State will be tested in upcoming home games against Northwestern and Nebraska but should still be 10-1 when Michigan comes to town.

No. 3 Penn State

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 9:  Congrats to James Franklin and Penn State for earning the programs biggest win in many years with a come from behind and shocking home victory over Ohio State.  Is Penn State back?  I'm not sure if they are or ever will be "back" as long as Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh are on their schedule but it was still an impressive win for the Lions and one that will look very good on their resume when bowl invites go out.

No. 4 Maryland

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 9:  Maryland got their QB1 back and the Terps were impressive in knocking off Michigan State at home on Saturday evening.  While Michigan State is down it was still a key victory for DJ Durkin in his first year in College Park and one that could accelerate the rebuilding process.  However,the Terps are now challenged with a four game stretch that includes road trips to Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska along with a home game with Ohio State.

No. 5 Indiana

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

 Week 9:  If Indiana is ever going to step up and prove they are capable of a top half finish in the East under Kevin Wilson it is now.  Indiana is currently a disappointing 1-3 in conference play but can get healthy over the last five weeks of the schedule.  Sure they still have to travel to Michigan on November 19th, but they do have a chance to win their other four games to get to 5-4.  Now the chances are strong that won't happen and it that case what will happen with Wilson, will he finally wear our his welcome with another losing Big Ten season?

No. 6 Michigan State

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 9:  I had a feeling that Michigan State would be down this year and in a minor rebuild mode but this is getting to the point of embarrassing.  Even the best prognosticators didn't put Michigan State on the outside looking in when it comes to bowl selections.  Sparty is 2-5 and riding a five game losing streak with Big Brother in town this weekend. If they aren't careful the Spartans could be looking at a 4-8 season.

No. 7 Rutgers

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 9:  Rutgers showed some life in Minneapolis this past weekend and forced the Gophers to make a last second field goal to knock them off.  The Scarlet Knights still left with a loss and several signs that they are nowhere near ready to compete in the Big Ten.  Rutgers is not a good football team and might not be for a long time.

*DTCR:  Division Title Confidence Rating


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