Big Ten Power Rankings and Bowl Projections - Week 14

Michigan fans this week:

[HT: @JimMWeber]

B1G Rank Bowl This Week
(Week 14)
Previous Week
(Week 13)

1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0): The Buckeyes need to drop 50+ on Michigan to keep the BCS race close. The problem is, they just might.

2. Michigan State (10-1, 7-0): I gotta hand it to Sparty, they've gotten better each week offensively, and their defense has remained the best in the nation. They just might give the Buckeyes all they can handle in Indianapolis in two weeks...which will give Michigan fans one last aneurysm for the 2013 season. But conference championship games penalize the losers, and Michigan State will miss out on a BCS bowl despite an 11-2 record.

3. Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1): I had the Badgers in the #2 spot for most of the season. And while it's tough to move them down despite playing very good football, I think Michigan State deserves the #2 spot, for now at least.

4. Nebraska (8-3, 5-2): An overtime win in Happy Valley keeps the Cornhuskers at 4th, and in line for the Outback Bowl for another week. Must beat Iowa though.

5. Minnesota (8-3, 4-3): It's been an overachieving type of season for Minnesota, but a tough loss to arch-rival Wisconsin, their 10th in a row, was a rough decent back to reality. Another loss this week as they travel to East Lansing for the regular season finale.

6. Iowa (7-4, 4-3): The Gator Bowl would probably like Iowa over Minnesota, so should they beat Nebraska this week, they could hop the Gophers...and maybe the Cornhusker too.

7. Penn State (6-5, 3-4): An up and down kind of year ends with a trip to Madison for one last chance at a big win.

8. Michigan (7-4, 3-4): If Penn State were bowl eligible and Wisconsin wasn't probably going to a BCS bowl, Michigan would likely be going to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. But hey, yeah, beat Ohio!

9. Indiana (4-7, 2-5): We all had dreams that Indiana could give the Buckeyes a game, but twas not to be. Indiana showed signs of life early in the season, but their high-powered offense faded dramatically down the November stretch.

10. Illinois (4-7, 1-6): Hey! A Big Ten win!

11. Northwestern (4-7, 0-7): It was a long shot that the Wildcats would win out against Michigan State and Illinois to sneak into a bowl. I can't explain this unprecedented collapse other than it's pretty obvious that Northwestern just wasn't quite ready for primetime.

12. Purdue (1-10, 0-7): Purdue travels to Bloomington for a shot at retaining the Old Oaken Bucket...maybe the strangest of B1G game trophies. 2012 was the highest scoring game in this series when Purdue won  56-35.

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