Big Ten Power Ratings & Top 25 Poll -- Week 8

How high did the Wolverines soar after their battering of the Badgers?

Big Ten Power Ratings

1) OHIO STATE (7-0)

Rushed the ball 32 times for only 92 yards against Minnesota.

2) MICHIGAN (6-1)

Wolverines only needed 4 yards passing in the second half, because their 320 yards rushing was the most ever against a ranked opponent under Jim Harbaugh.

3) IOWA (5-1)

Tight ends combined for 211 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in another road rout.

4) MICHIGAN STATE (4-2)

Mark Dantonio gets his 9th win against a top 10 team and is now 17-5 ATS as an underdog.

5) PENN STATE (4-2)

Nittany Lions' last five losses all by a touchdown or less, and all games they led at some point by a touchdown or more.

6) WISCONSIN (4-2)

Suffered its worst regular season loss since 2008, and worst road loss in its last 34 road games.

7) MARYLAND (4-2)

Had its most interceptions in one game (5) since 1998.

8) NORTHWESTERN (3-3)

Pat Fitzgerald has turned the offense totally over to Clayton Thorson past two games, and it's resulted in 72-of-111 passing for 828 yards and (more importantly) two wins that have salvaged the season.

9) PURDUE (3-3)

Back to .500 after that brutal start, and now gets the league's top-ranked team in its house in primetime.

10) INDIANA (4-3)

Only scoring an average of 18 points per game against power five opponents so far.

11) MINNESOTA (3-3)

An offense that is injured and too young is spoiling a solid season on defense. Gophers are 96th in scoring, 91st in rushing and 102nd in passing.

12) NEBRASKA (0-6)

How Scott Frost is responding to the worst start in school history: two weeks in a row he questioned the toughness of his players, two weeks ago he called them the most undisciplined team he's ever coached, and after this latest loss he threw his defensive coaches under the bus. Not exactly a leadership manual here.

13) ILLINOIS (3-3)

Gave up more than 590 yards to an opponent for already the third time this season.

14) RUTGERS (1-6)

Scarlet Knights posted an obscenely embarrassing minus-43 passer rating in their loss at Maryland.

If I were on the College Football Playoff Committee

This would be my Top 25 ballot

1) ALABAMA

2) CLEMSON

bye

3) NOTRE DAME

4) OHIO STATE

5) LSU

6) TEXAS

7) MICHIGAN

8) FLORIDA

9) OKLAHOMA

bye

10) GEORGIA

11) OREGON

12) KENTUCKY

bye

13) TEXAS A&M

14) IOWA

15) CENTRAL FLORIDA

16) WASHINGTON

17) N.C. STATE

bye

18) WEST VIRGINIA

19) MICHIGAN STATE

20) PENN STATE

21) WISCONSIN

22) MISSISSIPPI STATE

bye

23) DUKE

24) CINCINNATI

bye

25) SOUTH FLORIDA

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