Big Ten Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7

Big Ten Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7

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Big Ten Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7


What happened in all the Week 7 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 7 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the Big Ten predictions so far? SU: 44-20, ATS: 36-17-2

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1. Ohio State (6-0)

Final Score: Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 23, OT
Prediction: Wisconsin 20, Ohio State 17, OSU -10
Up Next: at Penn State

Quick Take: The Buckeyes needed to win a game like this, just to know that it could. They’re built to beat the more finesse, quick offenses like Oklahoma’s, but could they handle the pure power and toughness of Wisconsin in Camp Randall? Absolutely. They couldn’t get the offense to work in the first half, and the defense got shoved around a bit too much, but J.T. Barrett was sharp in the second half – throwing for 226 yards and a score with a pick on the day, with 92 rushing yards and two scores. There wasn’t any panic, the offense came up with the touchdown it needed in OT, the defense generated the pressure to get the stop, and Ohio State got out with its signature win of the season so far.
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2. Michigan (6-0)

Up Next: Illinois

3. Wisconsin (4-2)

Final Score: Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 23, OT
Prediction: Wisconsin 20, Ohio State 17, OSU -10
Up Next: at Iowa

Quick Take: The Badger offense worked against of the best and most athletic teams in the country. It might be a silver lining in a game that was right there for the taking, but the O line had its best game of the year, and now it has to carry forward to Iowa next week. Corey Clement ran for 164 yards on 25 carries, and Alex Hornibrook threw for 214 yards and a touchdown with a pick in a good-enough performance – but that team on the other side was very, very good. As long as the Badgers can stay this physical, they’ll play for the Big Ten championship.

4. Nebraska (6-0)

Final Score: Nebraska 27, Indiana 22
Prediction: Nebraska 31, Indiana 27, Nebraska -3
Up Next: Purdue

Quick Take: There’s nothing all that pretty about how Nebraska is winning games, but it’s becoming an every week analysis now – the team that lost game after game last year in weird ways is now coming up with wins in tight battles. The coaching staff kept saying all throughout 2015 that there needed to be just a little bit of something positive for everyone to realize things were working. There were nine penalties and two turnovers, and Tommy Armstrong completed just 10-of-26 passes without Jordan Westerkamp, but he threw for 208 yards, Terrell Newby ran for 102 yards and a score, and 6-0 is 6-0.

5. Penn State (4-2)

Up Next: Ohio State

6. Indiana (3-3)

Final Score: Nebraska 27, Indiana 22
Prediction: Nebraska 31, Indiana 27, Nebraska -3
Up Next: at Northwestern

Quick Take: The Hoosier defense has been terrific. Forgetting the loss, and forgetting how close IU came to pulling off the win over the Huskers, the defense did a terrific job of keeping the game close after a rough start. Richard Lagow threw two picks, and Devine Redding was bottled up outside of his 33-yard touchdown run, but going forward for the rest of the year, the O doesn’t have to press as much as it used to.

7. Northwestern (3-3)

Final Score: Northwestern 54, Michigan State 40
Prediction: Michigan State 27, Northwestern 16, MSU -5
Up Next: Indiana

Quick Take: The Wildcat offense blew up at the strangest of times. Clayton Thorson was brilliant, throwing for 281 yards and three scores and running for a touchdown, and Austin Carr caught 11 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, but it was Justin Jackson went off. He’s not all that big, but ran 34 times for 188 yards and two score as he tore off key run after key run to help the Cats keep on producing for a full four quarters. The Wildcats kept on moving converting 10-of-19 third down chances to dive deep into the bowl picture again.

8. Michigan State (2-4)

Final Score: Northwestern 54, Michigan State 40
Prediction: Michigan State 27, Northwestern 16, MSU -5
Up Next: at Maryland

Quick Take: The defense was a puzzling mess. It couldn’t come up with a third down stop, it couldn’t slow down anything Northwestern tried to do in key moments, and it missed too many makeable plays in the open field. On the plus side, the offense went off, with Tyler O’Connor and Brian Lewerke combining with two completions from R.J. Shelton for 424 passing yards and four scores, and Shelton caught seven passes for 19- yards and two touchdowns, but Lewerke led the team with 30 rushing yards as the running game was all but abandoned.

9. Iowa (5-2)

Final Score: Iowa 49, Purdue 35
Prediction: Iowa 30, Purdue 17, Iowa -12.5
Up Next: Wisconsin

Quick Take: Finally, the Iowa offense busted out. The defense might have been picked clean in the second half, there were 12 penalties, and the secondary was torched in Purdue’s comeback mode, but the Hawkeyes were physical on the ground, looking like it was challenged to do something special after being held under wraps the last few weeks. Akron Wadley took off for 170 yards and a score, LeShun Daniels took off for 156 yards and two scores helping the Hawkeyes hold the ball for over 36 minutes.

10. Minnesota (4-2)

Final Score: Minnesota 31, Maryland 10
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Maryland 27, Maryland -6.5
Up Next: Rutgers

Quick Take: How do you overcome the absence of your starting quarterback? You run the ball well. Minnesota was a +4 in turnovers – the defense showed up big – but it was the pounding from the offensive line that cranked up 229 rushing yards with 144 and two scores from Rodney Smith, and 86 yards from Shannon Brooks to take the pressure off of Conor Rhoda. In his first start, he hit 7-of-15 passes for 82 yards and a score, but he didn’t turn the ball over.

11. Maryland

Final Score: Minnesota 31, Maryland 10
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Maryland 27, Maryland -6.5
Up Next: Michigan State

Quick Take: Maryland got Minnesota without QB Mitch Leidner, but it had quarterback problems of its own this week. Tyrrell Pigrome ran for a team-high 71 yards, but he only hit 18-of-37 passes for 161 yards and a score with two picks. He wasn’t the problem – that was the run defense. Minnesota blasted away, took control early on, and ended up winning the turnover battle taking the ball away four times. The Terps can’t get into a situation where they HAVE to throw the ball to win, but that’s what happened.

12. Purdue (3-3)

Final Score: Iowa 49, Purdue 35
Prediction: Iowa 30, Purdue 17, Iowa -12.5
Up Next: at Nebraska

Quick Take: Iowa got physical, and Purdue couldn’t do anything about it getting run over for 365 yards. The offense sputtered early, the defense couldn’t get off the field, and it turned into a rout before halftime. On the positive side, David Blough continued to look like a keeper, throwing for 458 yards and five scores, but he was throwing in desperation comeback mode. The team didn’t quit, but with no running game, and little from the defense until it was too late, this was a missed opportunity at home.

13. Illinois (2-4)

Final Score: Illinois 24, Rutgers 7
Prediction: Illinois 27, Rutgers 24, Illinois -6
Up Next: at Michigan

Quick Take: There’s the defense we’ve all been waiting for. It gave up 385 yards, but it kept going after the ball, and it worked coming up with four fumble recoveries and a pick as the Illini finally got a real win for Lovie Smith. Chayce Crouch only completed 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards with a pick and a touchdown, but Kendrick Foster ran for 108 yards and Reggie Corbin 90 for a ground attack that got the job done in the second half. It wasn’t a brilliant overall performance, but for the Illini D, this was as good as it gets.

14. Rutgers (2-5)

Final Score: Illinois 24, Rutgers 7
Prediction: Illinois 27, Rutgers 24, Illinois -6
Up Next: at Minnesota

Quick Take: After the way the previous two weeks went against Michigan and Ohio State, Rutgers needed the offense to work at home against a mediocre Illinois team – just to prove it could. It was balanced, it was able to move a bit, and it did a nice job, up until it gave the ball away. Five turnovers – and that’s the ball game. Giovanni Rescigno completed 10-of-18 passes for 120 yards and a score with a pick, and Robert Martin ran for 95 yards as the Scarlet Knights outgained the Illini, but the giveaways were devastating. Rutgers didn’t score until the fourth quarter.

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