Michigan State football: Ohio State No. 1 in Big Ten power rankings

October 20, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) fires a pass upfield against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 29-22 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

There was not much movement in this week’s Big Ten power rankings. Ohio State barely hung on to its No. 1 ranking. Urban Meyer has his backup quarterback Kenny Guiton to thank for his late-game heroics, as he replaced starter Braxton Miller when Miller left the game in an ambulance. Not to mention Ohio State started poorly against Purdue Saturday. Braxton Miller could not put any touch on his passes, the offense punted a lot and the defense and special teams gave up two huge plays in the first quarter. Purdue’s Akeem Shavers reeled in an 87-yard touchdown on the first play of the game and Akeem Hunt returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.  Purdue looked good Saturday, but head coach Danny Hope blew the game for the Boilermakers.

Michigan is the best two-loss team in the nation right now. Take away the team’s ugly win against Michigan State and look at what it has done to Purdue and Illinois. Rivalry games as heated as the Michigan-Michigan State game does not count toward the bigger picture in U-M’s case.

Michigan State football jumped a spot in the rankings over Iowa. I understand that Iowa beat Michigan State in double overtime a few weeks ago, but Iowa is just bad. Penn State took them to the woodshed and finished the Hawkeyes off for the year. Honestly.

Despite losing to Navy, Indiana is still a better team than Illinois. The Illini are just awful. Also, Illinois had an open date Saturday and did not play against any team.  With games against Ohio State, Purdue and Northwestern left on the schedule, it is doubtful that the Illini can even earn a bowl bid this season.

Here are this week’s power rankings…

SpartanAvenue.com’s WEEK NINE Big Ten Power Rankings

Rank

Team

Record

Rank Last Week

Next Opponent

1

Ohio State

8-0

1

at Penn State

2

Michigan

5-2

2

at Nebraska

3

Penn State

5-2

3

vs. Ohio State

4

Nebraska

5-2

4

vs. Michigan

5

Wisconsin

6-2

5

vs. Michigan St.

6

Northwestern

6-2

6

vs. Iowa

7

Purdue

3-4

7

at Minnesota

8

Michigan State

4-4

9

at Wisconsin

9

Iowa

4-3

8

at Northwestern

10

Minnesota

4-3

10

vs. Purdue

11

Indiana

2-5

11

at Illinois

12

Illinois

2-5

12

vs. Indiana

 

Topics: Football, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes

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