Breaking B1G: Week 5 Power Rankings and Bowl Projections

Michigan is 4-0!

B1G Rank Bowl This Week
(Week 5)
Previous Week
(Week 4)
vs Pac-12 #1
vs SEC #2
vs SEC #4
vs Big 12 #4
vs SEC #6
vs Big 12 #6
vs Conf-USA #4
vs MAC #1

Instead of bullets, we're going to rank the league 1-12.

1. Ohio State (4-0): After demolishing Florida A&M, which apparently just barely has a football program, the Buckeyes remain atop this flaming heap of wreckage.

2. Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0): The Badgers are looking very similar to the same kind of Badgers that have won the last 3 Big Ten titles. I give them a huge pass in their loss to ASU, as they got jobbed pretty good. Their matchup with Ohio State this week could go a long way in proving just how legit Wisky is.

3. Northwestern (4-0): Good, but not great in their last couple wins. But they're undefeated through the non-conference slate and playing about as good as expected.

4. Nebraska (3-1): The loss to UCLA was expected, as were their 3 wins. Things could get a little dicey when B1G play starts.

5. Penn State (3-1): Not relevant to bowl discussion, but things are off to a relatively good start for the Nittany Lions.

6. Michigan (4-0): It's a big slip to go from BCS at-large to the Gator Bowl, but turnovers must stop for Michigan to be a contender in the league. I think the Legends division could be theirs for the taking if they would start playing like they should. The offensive line could look a little different coming out of the bye week.

7. Minnesota (4-0): Undefeated and ready for league play. Offense is doing some good things, but the defense could be Minnesota's undoing. They haven't really played anyone yet, so time will tell if Jerry Kill can keep the winning streak alive passed September. They should handle Iowa this week.

8. Illinois (2-1): Played pretty well against Washington and the win against Cincinnati was impressive. Scheelhaase must be more consistent.

9. Michigan State (3-1): Best defense in the country. And boy, are they going to need it.

10. Indiana (2-2): The Hoosiers have the #14 overall offense in the country (1 ahead of OSU), but the defense is no where to be found. They may sneak into a bowl, but it'll be close.

11. Iowa (3-1): Three wins against teams with no wins doesn't really spell success so far. Things are going to get real tough for the Hawkeyes in a pretty stacked Legends division.

12. Purdue (1-3, 0-1): Hung with the Irish for a bit. But was also walloped by Cincinnati in week 1.  Boiler Up? Boiler Down. Could be a long year in West Lafayette. But they will still give Ohio State a scare when they visit in Nov. 2, just watch.

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