Rutgers-centric Big Ten Football Power Rankings Week 13, 2019

Johnny Langan, Isaih Pacheco, Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Johnny Langan, Isaih Pacheco, Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Cody White, Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

12. Maryland Terrapins (3-8, 1-7)

Last Week: The losing streak is at six games after a 54-7 loss to Nebraska

This Week at Michigan State: Last week Nebraska needed a win to keep their bowl hopes alive. MSU is in the same position this week and Maryland can’t stop them either.

11. Purdue Boilermakers (4-7, 3-5)

Last Week: Any hope of a Bowl game went out the window at Wisconsin. Purdue lost 45-24.

This Week vs Indiana: Boilermakers fans want this one, but Indiana has more at stake.

10. Michigan State Spartans (5-6, 3-5)

Last Week: The Spartans kept their slim bowl hopes alive with a 27-0 shutout at Rutgers. Cody White had 11 receptions, three of which included three for touchdowns and 136 yards.

This Week vs Maryland: Michigan State needs this one for a bowl and the Spartans won’t be derailed at home by Maryland.

9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-5)

Last Week: Nebraska needed to win on the road at Maryland to keep their postseason aspirations alive. They came through with a 54-7 demolition. Wide Receiver JD Spielman had seven catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

This Week vs No. 19 Iowa: One more win a Nebraska goes bowling. It will be an uphill climb against a stout defense.

8. Illinois Fighting Illini (6-5, 4-4)

Last Week: It had to end sometime. The Fighting Illini had their improbable four-game win streak snapped at Iowa 19-10.

This Week vs Northwestern: Anything short of a blowout win for Illinois will be a disappointment.

7. Indiana Hoosiers (7-4, 4-4)

Last Week: After winning four straight, the Hoosiers dropped their second in a row. Indiana was at the wrong end of a 39-14 score against resurgent Michigan.

This Week at Purdue: On November 2, Indiana clinched their first winning record since 2007. By beating Purdue this Saturday, the Hoosiers will have their first winning record in the Big Ten since 1993. A win here plus a bowl win likely puts them in the final Top 25, something that hasn’t happened to Indiana in 31 years.