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BOZICH | Big Ten football power ratings: From first (Indiana) to worst (Michigan)

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Quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) led Indiana past Missouri least Saturday. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) led Indiana past Missouri least Saturday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Before I get to my weekly Big Ten football power ratings, I must share this memo that fluttered onto my desk like one of those Jeff Driskel passes wobbling out of Gainesville.

TO: Paul Finebaum, SEC Network

FROM: Big Ten football coach/Bob Stoops

SUBJECT: Your analysis

REQUEST: Big Ten bottom-feeder beating SEC East champion

One week after its weekend serving as a kicking tee, Big Ten football kicked back last weekend, winning 12 of 13 games, including four of five against the four other power conferences.

According to the Associated Press, it was the league's best non-conference performance in six years – and came on a weekend when the league's alleged signature program (Ohio State) was idle.

Maryland won at Syracuse. Nebraska dispatched Miami. Iowa won at Pittsburgh.

Michigan burped against Utah, denying the conference a perfect celebration.

Of course, the signature moment was actually carried – and replayed -- by The Finebaum Network: Indiana 31, Missouri 27. (All videos have subsequently been erased.)

The same Indiana that lost to Bowling Green, which lost to Western Kentucky, which, well, you know the rest of the story.

Considering that IU coach Kevin Wilson formerly served as the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and that Bob Stoops has been the point man for criticism about the national media's slobbering love affair with SEC football, the IU win resonated in Norman as well as Bloomington, Columbus, Lincoln and Madison.

It also resonated here. Just keep reading.

BIG TEN POWER RATINGS

1. (14 last week) Indiana (2-1) – Name another Big Ten team that beat an SEC team on the road. I'll hang up and listen.

2. (14) Penn State (4-0) – It would be more legitimate if the Nittany Lions had beaten somebody better than Rutgers this season – and Northwestern this weekend is not going to change that. But, I have some friends who attended Penn State.

3. (14) Nebraska (4-0) – The Cornhuskers are a week away from their big moment – a trip to Michigan State.

4. (14) Michigan State (2-1) – Did the Spartans really enjoy scoring 73 points on Eastern Michigan, including two touchdowns in the last nine minutes? Mark Dantonio is the new Bret Bielama.

5. (14) Ohio State (2-1) – The more Virginia Tech keeps losing, the more Buckeyes' fans look for stronger heartburn medicine.

6. (14) Iowa (3-1) – The Hawkeyes delivered a nice victory at Pittsburgh, but it didn't wash away all of the stain of losing to Iowa State.

7. (14) Wisconsin (2-1) – The Badgers have not been tested since their season-opening loss to Bowling Green – and should flatten Willie Taggart and South Florida this week.

8. (14) Maryland (3-1) – Beware the Terrapins. They've got a nice collection of receivers who can fly. I've already picked them to beat Number One – Indiana, not Florida State, silly.

9. (14) Rutgers (3-1) – Rutgers went to Washington State and won by three. Oregon went to Washington State and won by seven. Your thoughts?

10. (14) Minnesota (3-1) – The only football team I care about in Minneapolis is starting Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

11. (14) Illinois (3-1) – The Illini got a nice 2015 basketball commitment from Jalen Coleman this week.

12. (14) Purdue (2-2) – I wonder if Bob Griese, Gary Danielson and Jim Everett still follow the Boilermakers.

13. (14) Northwestern (1-2) – Pat Fitzgerald's 15 minutes of fame are about to run out.

14. (14) Michigan (2-2) – The sounds of desperation: Speculation that the Wolverines are willing to spend $10 million per season to fetch John Harbaugh from the Ravens. Yes, I said John Harbaugh, not Jim.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast Football Knowledge.

INDIVIDUAL YARDS PER CARRY LEADERS (15 carry minimum)

1. Tanner McEvoy, Wisconsin junior quarterback, 9.7 yards per carry

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin junior halfback, 9.4

3. Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska sophomore quarterback, 8.9

4. Tevin Coleman, Indiana junior halfback, 8.6

5. Akeel Lynch, Penn State sophomore halfback, 7.7

6. Delton Williams, Michigan State sophomore halfback, 7.1

7. Chris Streveler, Minnesota freshman quarterback, 7.0

8. De'Veon Smith, Michigan sophomore halfback, 6.9

9. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska senior halfback, 6.8

10. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State freshman halfback, 6.3

SOURCE: cfbstats.com

TEAM INTERCEPTION LEADERS

1. Minnesota, 7

2. Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State 5

5. Michigan State 4

6. Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa, Rutgers, Nebraska 3

11. Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan 2

SOURCE: cfbstats.com

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