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Week 10 Big Ten West Power Ratings

Wisconsin put themselves in a great position to win the West with an overtime victory over Nebraska. The Huskers can still run the table and represent the West, but it will be a tough task.

Big Ten West Power Ratings:  Week 10


No. 1 Wisconsin

DTCR:  65% (+15%)

Week 10: The Badgers had so many excuses they could have used this season for an "off year".  They had the very difficult schedule and they had key injuries surface early and key injuries surface of late.  They had to break in a brand new defensive coordinator that wasn't with the program last year.  Wisconsin didn't utilize any of those excuses and continued to play solid football.  Wisconsin still has a tough road test on Saturday in Evanston against Northwestern.  If they can pass that test things look very good for Wisconsin heading to Indianapolis.



No. 2 Nebraska

DTCR:  25% (-15%) 

Week 10:  The Huskers are still in first place in the West with a 4-1 conference record.  However, Wisconsin now owns the tiebreaker should the Huskers slip up one more time and a major slip up opportunity awaits Nebraska this weekend.  The Huskers, fresh off their road trip to Madison, now are forced to pack their bags for a weekend trip to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes.  I did put Ohio State on upset alert yesterday but the percentages say Ohio State wins and then Nebraska needs help.



No. 3 Northwestern

DTCR:  10% (No Change)

Week 10:  Despite the road loss to Ohio State last weekend the Wildcats are still in contention for a back door Big Ten West title.  Sure if may end badly for Northwestern via being on the wrong side of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Nebraska, but if the Cats can run the table (and they are capable of running the table) they will finish 7-2 in the West.  To represent the West in Indianapolis that would mean Northwestern needs the Huskers to slip up twice and with road trips to Columbus and Iowa City the Huskers could potentially oblige.



No. 4 Iowa

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 10:  The Hawkeyes took last week off and most liking used that time to lick their wounds following their 17-9 home loss to Wisconsin in Week 8. Iowa currently stands 5-3 (3-2), but that will quickly become 5-5 (3-4) with a road trip to Penn State and then a home tilt with Michigan.  The Hawkeyes already have three home losses this year at Kinnick Stadium (NDSU, Northwester and Wisconsin) and with Michigan and Nebraska still planning to make trips to Iowa City that total could easily reach five.


No. 5 Minnesota

DTCR:  0% (-11%)

Week 10:  The Gophers are continuing to hold serve three-quarters of their way through their "auto pilot" four game stretch.  Minnesota kept Illinois in the game for a stretch but it was clear midway through the second quarter that Minnesota was the better team.  The final score proved that as well as Minnesota rolled the Illini 40-17.  The Gophers now have Purdue at home to finish off their four game winning streak and will improve to 7-2 (4-2) on the season.  The Gophers will answer a lot of questions about the status of their season and of the program with how they finish off the year during their final three games; at Nebraska, Northwestern, and at Wisconsin.

No. 6 Purdue

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 10:  Purdue has managed to show a little life since firing Darrell Hazel a few weeks ago, but they have yet to finish off a game. They had a halftime lead against Nebraska and had Penn State tied up at the break. However, the Boilermakers responded by being outscored 62-7 in the second half of those contests.



No. 7 Illinois

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 10:  The Illini were forced to use Jeff George Jr against Minnesota and the Illini struggled to do anything offensively against the tough, athletic and opportunistic Gopher defense.  Illinois can thank Rutgers for allowing them to earn one Big Ten win in 2016 but that will be their last.



*DTCR:  Division Title Confidence Rating

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