Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 5 edition

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Sep 26, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock (15) rushes for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska squeaked by a lesser talented Souther Mississippi team in week four. The score, though, was much closer than the game actually played out as Nebraska was winning 29-7 heading into the fourth quarter when Southern Miss put up three touchdowns and only fell by eight, 36-28. Tommy Armstrong had his best game of the season, passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns while Jordan Westerkamp added yet another 100-yard receiving game to his resume on 11 catches.

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Minnesota‘s slim loss to TCU in week one looked like a stepping stone and confidence-booster for the Golden Gophers, but this team seems to have taken steps back. Defeating Ohio by just three points on Saturday, the Golden Gophers are looking for some way to impressively win over inferior opponents — especially at home. A couple of weeks ago, the Golden Gophers were considered the third or fourth-best team in the Big Ten, but that has since changed.

One team that has looked great over the past three weeks is Michigan. The Wolverines’ week one loss to Utah looked bad at the time, but the Utes continue to rise in the polls and are now a top-10 team in the country. Michigan just defeated No. 22 BYU by a 31-0 margin and Jim Harbaugh’s magic is rubbing off on his players. It looks like the khakis are in Ann Arbor to stay.

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