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BIG TEN Power Rankings: Week 10

Rankings the Top 8 in the BIG TEN

Boston Mountain Publishing, Thursday, November, 3, 2022 9:35 AM




















We have ranked the TOP 8 BIG TEN Teams through Week 9 and discuss their outlooks going forward.
















BIG 1G TEAM POWER RANKINGS










Game of the Week



OHIO STATE 44 vs PENN STATE 31



Beaver Stadium



Ohio State went into Happy Valley and came out with the win this past Saturday against the Nittany Lions. This was the Buckeyes toughest game to date. Penn State had a chance in this game, but turnovers cost them the upset opportunity.


Ohio State moves to 8-0 and Penn State drops to 6-2 on the year.















Heading into Week 10, the BIG TEN has 2 teams in the Top 10 and 4 teams in the Top 25.

Two teams are undefeated, both divisions are still up for grabs, and two players headline the Heisman race at this point in the 2022 season.


There are still several big games to be played over the next 4 weeks, even bigger than last weekend's headline matchup.







BIG TEN Top Games of the Week



IOWA @ PURDUE

MICHIGAN STATE @ ILLINIOS










#8 - IOWA HAWKEYES 4-4




WEST (2-3)




The Offense is middle to the bottom in most statistical categories in the Big Ten, so they will mostly rely on their defense here on out.


The Defense ranks 5th nationally allowing only 15.75 points per game, unfortunately they rank 4th in conference. They also rank 5th in the nation and 3rd in conference by only allowing 262 yards per game.


  • LB Jack Campbell leads the Defense, averaging 10.3 tackles per game for the Hawkeyes. He ranks #1 in conference and #14 in the nation.


  • LB Seth Benson ranks #9 in the Big Ten averaging 8.3 tackles per game.



Two tough games ahead for the Hawkeyes and both are on the road. They need to get one of these games to help secure an invitation to a bowl game. If they win either one, they should get to at least 6 wins on the year.





Upcoming Games:






Saturday November 5


Iowa

@ Purdue




Saturday November 12



Wisconsin

@ Iowa

























#7 - MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS 5-3




WEST (2-3)





The Offense is rushing for an average 223.1 yards per game (2nd in conference), and the Defense is allowing 106.3 yards rushing per game (5th in conference).


The Defense is ranked 2nd in conference, only allowing 168.1 yards passing per game to go along with 9 INTs on the year.


Minnesota's next two games are winnable, and they are setting themselves up for a decent bowl game this year.







Upcoming Games:







Saturday November 5



Minnesota

@ Nebraska






Saturday November 12



Northwestern

@ Minnesota


















#6 - MARYLAND TERRAPINS 6-2




EAST (3-2)




The Terrapins 2 losses on the season unfortunately came in conference games, one to Michigan by 7 and the other to Purdue by 2 points.


QB Taulia Tagovailoa leads the offense, passing for 285.9 yards per game to rank 3rd in conference. He completes 72.5% of his passes and has 2,001 yards passing to date. He returns to the lineup this weekend after missing the last couple weeks because of a knee injury he sustained against Indiana. He said earlier this week, "I had a good time recovering, rehab, and stuff like that. I feel good. I'm just ready to get back on the field with my brothers." Tagovailoa was named to the Davey O'Brien watch list which goes to the Top 40 QBs at this point in the season.


RB Roman Hemby leads the running game for Maryland, averaging 85.1 yards per game. He's averaging 6.5 yards per carry with 7 TDs on the year.


The next two games for the Terrapins will be tough matchups and they are both on the road. They go against Wisconsin and follow that with Penn State the next weekend.





Upcoming Games:







Saturday November 5


Maryland

@ Wisconsin






Saturday November 12



Maryland

@ Penn State












#5 - PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 6-2




EAST (3-2)




Coming off two tough conference losses to Michigan and Ohio State over the last 3 weekends, Penn State travels to Indiana on Saturday to help their cause to secure a decent bowl game at the end of the year. Penn State looked better in the Ohio State game compared to the Michigan game. Their D line was run over by Michigan RB Blake Corum all day. They actually had a chance against Ohio State, but turnovers doomed them in, and they couldn't recover from the relentless Buckeye Offense.


Their Offense is ranked 4th in the conference averaging 33.1 points per game and the Defense gives up an average of 22 points per game.


RB Nicholas Singleton is leading the backfield, running for 75.8 yards per game with 7 TDs.


The schedule does get a little easier for Penn State to finish the regular season, but with losses to both teams atop the Big Ten East, they are just playing for a better bowl game at this point. The game with Maryland next weekend will be a good game to watch.





Upcoming Games:






Saturday November 5



Penn State

@ Indiana




Saturday November 12



Maryland

@ Penn State



















#4 - PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 5-3




WEST (3-2)





QB Aiden O'Connell is leading the conference, passing for an average of 324.3 yards per game. He has a 66.3% completion rate while attempting the 2nd most passes in the Big Ten.


RB Devon Mockobee is leading the running backs for Purdue, ranking 7th in conference with an average of 80.1 yards per game on the ground to go with 6 TDs.


WR Charlie Jones is the top target at Purdue. He is averaging 105 yards receiving with 9 catches per game which ranks 1st in conference and 2nd in the nation. He has 840 receiving yards through 8 games.



The Defense has 10 INTs and has returned 2 for TDs this year.









Upcoming Games:






Saturday November 5


Iowa

@ Purdue



Saturday November 12



Purdue

@ Illinois



















#3 - ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI 7-1





WEST (4-1)





In Head Coach Bret Bielema's 2nd year leading the Illini, he has brought back the enthusiasm in Champaign that hasn't been seen since 2001. Their 1 loss came against Indiana in the 2nd game of the year. Illinois had the lead with 2 minutes to go, but the Hoosiers marched down the field in 13 plays and punched it in for the score with :23 seconds left on the clock. Tough defeat for the Illini, but they have recovered nicely over the last 6 games.

ILL - INI

RB Chase Brown is leading the Big Ten and is ranked #1 nationally with 1,208 rushing yards this season.


WR Isaiah Williams is the top target for the Illini and averages 7 catches per game to rank 10th nationally.


The Illinois Defense is leading the Big Ten and is ranked #1 nationally only allowing 224.5 yards per game. They also lead the nation allowing only 8.88 points per game.


They luck out this weekend, taking on the Spartans after their loss at Michigan last weekend. Several players have been suspended because of their involvement in the altercation after the game.


The Purdue game will be one of the highlighted games next weekend.





Upcoming Games:






Saturday November 5


Michigan State

@ Illinois




Saturday November 12


Purdue

@ Illinois