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Big Ten Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6


What happened in all the Week 6 Big Ten games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the Big Ten rankings and analysis.


Big Ten Week 6 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the Big Ten predictions so far? SU: 40-18, ATS: 32-15-2

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1. Michigan (6-0)

Final Score: Michigan 78, Rutgers 0
Prediction: Michigan 41, Rutgers 10, Michigan -28
Up Next: Illinois (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: If you’re going to dominate, then why not do it right? Michigan ran at will with three different Wolverines taking off for 99 yards or more, Jabrill Peppers running for 74 yards and two scores, and the defense holding Rutgers to two first downs, no third down conversions, and 39 yards of total offense. Was there anything wrong? Wilton Speight completed 6-of-13 passes for 100 yards and a score – that’s the only thing that wasn’t perfect.

2. Ohio State (5-0)

Final Score: Ohio State 38, Indiana 17
Prediction: Ohio State 44, Indiana 17, OSU -29
Up Next: at Wisconsin

Quick Take: Not every performance will be perfect. The Buckeyes turned it over twice and had a few problems with penalties, but it was still a 21-point win. The biggest issue was how much work J.T. Barrett had to do, taking way too many shots carrying the ball 26 times for 137 yards and a score to get the offense moving. The running game was okay, but Barrett struggled through the air completing 9-of-21 passes for 93 yards and a score with a pick. Call it a bit of a letdown game going into the showdown against Wisconsin.

3. Wisconsin (4-1)

Up Next: Ohio State

4. Nebraska (5-0)

Up Next: at Indiana

5. Penn State

Final Score: Penn State 38, Maryland 14
Prediction: Maryland 27, Penn State 24, Maryland -1
Up Next: Ohio State (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: Maryland is a decent team that Penn State just thrashed. Best of all, Trace McSorley didn’t have to go crazy or bomb away to get the offense working – the line did its part. Saquon Barkley ran for 202 yards and a score, and McSorley took off for 81 yards and a touchdown. Even better, considering how good the Terps have been, the defense came up with one of its better games holding them to 270 yards. This takes James Franklin off any hot seat for the next few weeks – and with time to prepare for Ohio State.

6. Indiana (3-2)

Final Score: Ohio State 38, Indiana 17
Prediction: Ohio State 44, Indiana 17, OSU -29
Up Next: Nebraska

Quick Take: Indiana made it a battle. Ohio State might just be the best team in college football, but the defense made J.T. Barrett work, the Buckeyes didn’t go off, and the IU O managed to keep it interesting. Richard Lagow threw one pick, but he didn’t make a slew of massive mistakes leading the offense to just enough decent drives to keep the defense on the sidelines. A loss is a loss, but even though it was a 21-point defeat, it was about as acceptable as it gets.

7. Maryland (4-1)

Final Score: Penn State 38, Maryland 14
Prediction: Maryland 27, Penn State 24, Maryland -1
Up Next: Minnesota

Quick Take: Finally, Maryland played a decent team, and it showed just how far the program has to go to get to where it needs to be. After such a great start, the last two weeks the offense has turned the ball over – with two against the Nittany Lions – while for the first time all year, the lines got badly outplayed. Penn State controlled the time, the game, and the Terps didn’t have any offensive answers in the second half.

8. Northwestern (2-3)

Up Next: at Michigan State

9. Iowa

Final Score: Iowa 14, Minnesota 7
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Iowa 27, Iowa -1.5
Up Next: at Purdue

Quick Take: Okay, so it wasn’t pretty and the offense struggled. Akrum Wadley tore off the big run the offense needed to have with a 54-yard scoring dash, and the defense did the rest. C.J. Beathard threw two picks, and the line couldn’t seem to keep Minnesota out of the backfield at times, but considering all the struggles over the last few weeks, getting a win on the road in a rivalry game is big – now blow up Purdue next week and get this O going.

10. Minnesota

Final Score: Iowa 14, Minnesota 7
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Iowa 27, Iowa -1.5
Up Next: at Maryland

Quick Take: Where was the running game this week? The Gophers got a bad, bad day out of the receiving corps, but Mitch Leidner missed his share of plays on a 13-of-33 day with two picks. Outside of giving up one big run, the defense came up with a gem, but the offense couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities and failed miserably in the final moments.

11. Michigan State (2-3)

Final Score: BYU 31, Michigan State 14
Prediction: Michigan State 30, BYU 27, MSU -6
Up Next: Northwestern

Quick Take: It’s not Tyler O’Connor’s fault that Michigan State is struggling, but it didn’t help that the offense just didn’t move well enough when he was in. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 58 yards, while Damion Terry completed 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards with a pick, and ran for 29 yards and a touchdown. There wasn’t any thump with the ground attack coming up with just 85 yards, while the D line was gouged for 163 rushing yards and two scores from Jamaal Williams. It doesn’t matter, this wasn’t a Big Ten game, but this is puzzling. Toledo’s offense destroyed BYU, and at home, MSU came up with just 206 yards.

12. Purdue (3-2)

Final Score: Purdue 34, Illinois 31, OT
Prediction: Illinois 27, Purdue 24, Illinois -10
Up Next: Iowa

Quick Take: No, Purdue isn’t all that good, but under all the pressure and with all the attention, it’s 3-2. For now, that’s good enough with an offense that was nicely balance, and a defense that wasn’t all that bad in the second half. David Blough threw two picks, but he also threw for 220 yards and ran for a score for a ground game that finished with 231 yards. This was good, but with a sputtering Iowa up next at home, Purdue needs to take a bigger step forward.

13. Rutgers (2-4)

Final Score: Michigan 78, Rutgers 0
Prediction: Michigan 41, Rutgers 10, Michigan -28
Up Next: Illinois

Quick Take: On the plus side, Rutgers is done with Washington, Ohio State and Michigan. There might be a wee bit more to go before the program is ready for primetime – 2-of-18 passing for five yards. 34 rushing yards. Two first downs. 0-for-17 on third downs. 600 yards allowed. It’s a learning process and there will be better days. That’s what Illinois is for next week.

14. Illinois (1-4)

Final Score: Purdue 34, Illinois 31 OT
Prediction: Illinois 27, Purdue 24, Illinois -10
Up Next: Rutgers

Quick Take: Wes Lunt got hurt, but Chayce Crouch stepped in and did a nice job completing 10-of-14 passes with 142 yards, and leading the team with 137 yards and two scores for a ground game that finished with 315 yards and three touchdowns. And that’s the positive. The Illini defense clamped down late, but the offense couldn’t take advantage and finally pull ahead, and then there were the penalties. Illinois hurt itself time after time with 12 sins for 125 yards. This was it, this was the one it needed to have at home, and now it’ll be tough to get a victory the rest of the way.