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Big Ten football power rankings: Iowa takes a nasty fall

Last week’s ranking in parentheses.

1. Michigan (1)

The Wolverines travel to Rutgers on Saturday. Which final score will Michigan select?

2. Ohio State (2)

That’s the best the Buckeyes could do with an extra week of prep time?

3. Northwestern (4)

If you have a better candidate for No. 3, I’m all ears.

4. Michigan State (5)

Is the Spartans’ best quarterback a healthy Rocky Lombardi or a banged-up Brian Lewerke?

5. Penn State (6)

The Trace McSorley-Tommy Stevens QB flip-flop failed, as did most everything Penn State tried at Michigan.

6. Purdue (7)

The Boilermakers might have done Northwestern a solid by taking down Iowa.

7. Wisconsin (8)

Jonathan Taylor (208 rushing yards) got back on track, but Alex Hornibrook went down with another head injury.

8. Iowa (3)

What happened to that Hawkeyes defense?

9. Maryland (9)

The Maryland players deserve a vacation. The administrators should be picking up highway trash.

10. Nebraska (10)

No bowl game in Year 1 of the Scott Frost Experience.

11. Illinois (13)

Three Big Ten rushers are chewing up more than 100 yards per game: Jonathan Taylor, Karan Higdon and Illinois’ Reggie Corbin.

12. Indiana (12)

When you’re 1-5 in the Big Ten and the “1” came against Rutgers, you have problems.

13. Minnesota (11)

P.J. Fleck after his team gave up 430 rushing yards to Illinois: “We didn’t tackle anyone.”

14. Rutgers (14)

The Scarlet Knights beat the spread in their loss to Wisconsin. Progress.

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