Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 5 edition

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Sep 26, 2015; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers running back D.J. Knox (1) runs the ball during the second half of the game at Ross Ade Stadium. The Bowling Green Falcons defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 35 to 28. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Add another loss onto the total for Purdue this season as the Boilermakers are just 1-3 on the year after losing to MAC foe Bowling Green in week four. Darrell Hazell’s squad is just not talented enough defensively to get stops, but redshirt freshman quarterback David Blough looked solid in his first start for Austin Appleby. He finished with 340 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 loss. Let’s see if the Boilermakers will climb out of the cellar soon.

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Rutgers got a much-needed win against Kansas in week four. The Scarlet Knights had been reeling out of control before this game with the suspension of Leonte Carroo, the dismissal of about six other players and the suspension of head coach Kyle Flood after a university investigation over academics. Chris Laviano had a solid game despite his two interceptions, but the Scarlet Knights are back to .500 on the year, but still No. 13 in our power rankings.

My vote for the bottom team in the conference was Maryland, but the Terrapins got just enough 12th-place votes to move them into that slot. This team just hasn’t gotten any traction this season, losing to Bowling Green by three scores two weeks ago and then 45-6 this week against West Virginia. The Terrapins have looked lifeless through the first four weeks and the quarterback situation is a bit ugly and clouded heading into week five.

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