While Penn State didn't finish the season with a victory in the Rose Bowl, the Nittany Lions proved to be the best team in the Big Ten. As such, the Lions ended up in the top spot of ESPN's final 2016 Big Ten power rankings. It certainly didn't hurt Penn State that Ohio State flopped in their playoff game against Clemson. It's only fitting that what many deem as PSU's official return to the national scene ended with the Big Ten champions on top in the conference power rankings.
Here's how the rest of the conference ended up:
1. Penn State
2. Ohio State
11. Michigan State