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Week 11 Big Ten West Power Ratings

Wisconsin scored a much needed road win over Northwestern to eliminate the Cats from contention. Iowa also said goodbye to any thoughts of representing the West.

Big Ten West Power Ratings:  Week 11

 

No. 1 Wisconsin

DTCR:  90% (+25%)

Week 11: No body gave the Wisconsin Badgers any shot of winning the West this year due to the schedule they had to face.  Wisconsin is done with their "6-game schedule from Hell" and came out of it 4-2 and are now the clear cut favorite to play the East champ in Indianapolis.  The Badgers are currently locked in a 3-way tie with Minnesota and Wisconsin but will be clear cut favorites in their three remaining games; home with Illinois, at Purdue, and home with Minnesota.  It's simple for Wisconsin.  Win and they are in. 

 

 

No. 2 Nebraska

DTCR:  5% (-20%) 

Week 11:  The Huskers need help.  They need to win out and then get a huge assist from Minnesota.  The Gophers are the only team that have an outside chance to go into Camp Randall Stadium and knock off the Badgers, although the Gophers haven't pulled that off in over 20 years.  While Nebraska may be mathematically in contention for the West they are more focused on the health of Tommy Armstrong and the direction of the program after getting drilled 62-3 in Columbus on Saturday night.  If the Huskers don't rebound quickly the Gophers will drop them in Lincoln as they did two years ago.

 

 

No. 3 Minnesota

DTCR:  5% (+5%)

Week 11:  The Gophers finalized the expected last Saturday as they beat Purdue and extended their conference winning streak to four games.  However, even the most loyal and delusional Gopher fan will realize the winning streak came against the bottom of the barrel and the squad's final three games will define their season.  The good news is that, unlike Nebraska, Minnesota needs help from nobody.  All Minnesota has to do is win their final three, extend their streak to seven and they will punch their ticket to Indianapolis.  All that stands in their way in a road trip to Lincoln, a home date with Northwestern and a visit to Camp Randall.  Easy enough?

 

 

No. 4 Northwestern

DTCR:  0% (-10%)

Week 11:  Northwestern has my vote for the best 4-5 team in the country.  Sure they looked sloppy to start their season and it showed in the results with home losses to Western Michigan (nothing to be ashamed about) and Illinois State right out of the gate.  However, Fitz's team has played solid ball since and can only show hard fought losses to Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin.  The Wildcats would still like to secure a seven win season and can do so with road wins over Purdue and Minnesota and then hold serve at home in the finale against Illinois.

 

No. 5 Iowa

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 11:  The Hawkeyes failed to show up on Saturday in Happy Valley and in turn were embarrassed by the home squad 41-14.  It won't get any easier for Iowa this weekend as Michigan comes to Iowa City, dropping the Hawkeyes to 5-5.  However, Iowa should earn a ticket to a low level bowl game the next week as they get a road date with Illinois.  After that the Hawkeyes end their regular season with their home finale with Nebraska.

No. 6 Illinois

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 11:  The Illini are back in the win column thanks to the continuation of a dismal season from the Michigan State Spartans.  Illinois was able to score a late touchdown to beat Sparty at home.  It was win No. 3 on the season for Lovie Smith, but more importantly it allowed him to jump Purdue in the power ratings.

No. 7 Purdue

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 11:  Purdue gave Minnesota a few body blows and even tried for a knock out punch just before halftime.  However, they still needed to play the second half and that is not in Purdue's best interest.  Coming into the Gopher game the Boilermakers had been outscored 62-7 in the second half of their two previous ball games (Nebraska and Penn State).  That total is now 83-10 after Minnesota outscored them 21-3 in the final half to secure the win.  As I stated previously Purdue is done winning ballgames this year and that is good news for their three remaining opponents; Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana.

 

 

*DTCR:  Division Title Confidence Rating


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