Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 5 edition

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Sep 26, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jalin Marshall (17) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Curtis Samuel against Western Michigan during the second quarter at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State leads the game 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State had an extremely tough time with Central Michigan on Saturday shortly after the Spartans raced out to a big 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Central’s Cooper Rush did whatever he wanted against the Michigan State secondary and it looks like the ‘No Fly Zone’ needs some tinkering/changes moving forward.

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The offense was sluggish as well, but third-string running back Gerald Holmes came in and really provided the spark in the fourth quarter, rushing for 22 yards on five carries, including two touchdown runs to ice the game. Connor Cook was average and he will need to ramp things up heading into Big Ten play.

Ohio State continues to be the No. 1 team in our rankings because they asserted their dominance against Western Michigan in week four and looked like that No. 1 team in the nation that was MIA against Northern Illinois.

The Buckeyes have gone with Cardale Jones at quarterback and time will tell if that was truly a mistake, but he had a solid game against the Broncos. Ezekiel Elliott also added 124 yards and a touchdown on the ground while Michael Thomas caught six passes for 80 yards and a score. Nothing says the Buckeyes shouldn’t be the top team after this week, so that’s where they stand.

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