Week 8 Big Ten Power Ratings & Playoff Rankings

Where does Karan Higdon and the Wolverines rank this week?

Big Ten Power Ratings

1) MICHIGAN (7-1)

With Rashan Gary and Tarik Black due back after the bye, Wolverines are getting healthier during a time of the season most programs are dealing with injuries.

2) IOWA (6-1)

Since giving away that game to Wisconsin, Hawkeyes have won their next three by an average of 22 points per game.

3) OHIO STATE (7-1)

Was that just the Buckeyes' annual brain fart game, or a sign of some flaws we've noticed all season finally coming home too roost?

4) PENN STATE (5-2)

Facing the two most physical teams in the league, Iowa and Michigan, in consecutive weeks won't be easy.

5) WISCONSIN (5-2)

Alex Hornibrook posted his fourth sub-50 QBR of the season in a two-interception loss

6) PURDUE (4-3)

Buckeye beatdown was Boilermakers' first win over a top two ranked team in the AP Poll since an upset win over Notre Dame way back in 1984.

7) NORTHWESTERN (4-3)

Found themselves a 100-yard rusher in comeback victory at Rutgers.

8) MICHIGAN STATE (4-3)

Was held to their third-lowest single game total yardage in school history.

9) MARYLAND (4-3)

Kasim Hill has averaged a paltry 36 QBR since that opening week win over Texas.

10) INDIANA (4-4)

Hoosiers 100 plays and over 100 more yards than Penn State -- and still lost. It's just their way.

11) NEBRASKA (1-6)

Finally got its first win of the Scott Frost era.

12) MINNESOTA (3-4)

Joins Rutgers as only team without a conference victory yet.

13) ILLINOIS

Had almost as many turnovers against Wisconsin as it previously suffered all season.

14) RUTGERS

Sagarin ranks Scarlet Knights 144th best team -- but there's only 130 teams in the FBS.

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My Top 25 Ballot if I were on the Playoff Committee

1) ALABAMA

2) CLEMSON

3) LSU

4) NOTRE DAME

bye

5) MICHIGAN

6) TEXAS

bye

7) FLORIDA

bye

8) OKLAHOMA

9) KENTUCKY

10) GEORGIA

bye

11) IOWA

12) OHIO STATE

13) TEXAS A&M

bye

14) WASHINGTON STATE

15) CENTRAL FLORIDA

16) WEST VIRGINIA

bye

17) STANFORD

18) OREGON

19) WASHINGTON

20) PENN STATE

21) UTAH

22) WISCONSIN

23) N.C. STATE

24) APPALACHIAN STATE

25) SOUTH FLORIDA

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