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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Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /

6. Iowa Hawkeyes (19th ranked, 8-3, 5-3)

Last Week: Iowa won the fourth of their previous five games with a 19-10 victory over upstart Illinois.

This Week at Nebraska: The Hawkeyes travel to Lincoln this week to play against a desperate Nebraska team, who is in a win or go home situation for a Bowl bid. It should be a very competitive game.

5. Wisconsin Badgers (13th, 9-2, 6-2)

Last Week: A desperate Purdue team put up a fight for the first quarter-and-a-half, taking a 17-14 lead. But the Badgers scored 24 straight points en route to a 45-24 win. Jonathan Taylor continued to put his name in front of Heisman voters with his third straight 200-yard rushing game.

This Week at No. 10 Minnesota: We’ll find out who the best in the West Division is.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions (12th, 9-2, 6-2)

Last Week: Penn State had its chance to take control of the East Division against Ohio State. They couldn’t get the job done, falling to the then second-ranked team in the country 28-17.

This Week vs Rutgers: Sure they are disappointed after losing to Ohio State, but the Nittany Lions second team is three touchdowns better than Rutgers first team.

3. Michigan Wolverines (10th, 9-2, 6-2)

Last Week: Michigan took care of business 39-14 at Indiana. Shea Patterson had his best game of the year. The senior QB threw for 366 yards and five touchdowns.

This Week vs Ohio State: Nothing would make Wolverines Nation happier than knocking undefeated Ohio State out of the national title picture. It sounds easier than it will be.

2. Minnesota Golden Gophers (9th, 10-1, 7-1)

Last Week: The Golden Gophers got out to an early 21-0 lead on the way to a 38-22 win at Northwestern. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns.

This Week vs No. 13 Wisconsin: Its the big one before the big one (Big Ten Championship Game). The Paul Bunyon Axe and West Division supremacy is on the line when Wisconsin comes to town this week.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (1st, 11-0, 8-0)

Last Week: J.K. Dobbins ran for 157 yards (and two TDs) while Chase Young showed why he is the most dominant defensive player in college football with three sacks against a Top-10 team. OSU outlasted Penn State 28-17.

This Week at Michigan: This is the game the Buckeyes look forward to every season. Ohio State has absolutely everything to lose and a difficult road left to travel. If OSU plays the way they did last Saturday in the Horseshoe against Penn State, there is nothing to worry about.

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Check back with us next week for our final regular-season rankings.