Here are The Detroit News' Big Ten Power Rankings, by Matt Charboneau, for Week 6 of the regular season.
1. Michigan State (3-1) – The Spartans finished their final tune-up before conference play in fine fashion with an offense already in midseason form. The defense, however, still has issues to clean up in the secondary. Last week: 1
2. Ohio State (3-1) – Redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett continues to get better as the Buckeyes rolled into conference play with a win over Cincinnati. The first-year quarterback was outstanding, throwing for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Last week: 2.
3. Nebraska (5-0, 1-0) – The Cornhuskers running game continues to plow through opponents as they prepare for what could be the biggest game in the conference this season with a trip on Saturday to Michigan State. Last week: 4.
4. Wisconsin (3-1) – After a slow start against South Florida, Melvin Gordon took over for the Badgers by running for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. Wisconsin kicks off Big Ten play this week against Northwestern. Last week: 3.
5. Maryland (4-1, 1-0) – The Terrapins won their first Big Ten game in impressive fashion, going on the road to beat an Indiana team that was coming off a victory over Missouri. Maryland also held the potent Indiana offense to just 15 points. Last week: 8.
6. Iowa (4-1, 1-0) – The Hawkeyes opened conference play with a victory, but it was far from impressive over Purdue. The running game was counted on in C.J. Beathard's first start as Mark Weisman scored twice. Last week: 6
7. Penn State (4-1, 1-1) – The Nittany Lions were everyone's favorite pick after being ruled eligible for postseason play two weeks ago, but inability to run the ball or protect the quarterback caught up with them in a loss to Northwestern. Last week: 5
8. Rutgers (4-1, 0-1) – The Scarlett Knights got off to a quick start in their victory over Tulane as quarterback Gary Nova threw four touchdown passes to become Rutgers' all-time leader. This performance came just two weeks after some wondered if Nova would remain the starter. Last week: 7
9. Minnesota (4-1, 1-0) – After completing just one pass the previous week, the Gophers went into Ann Arbor and used a balanced attack to knock off the Wolverines, leaning on David Cobb and the running attack to put the game away. Last week: 9
10. Indiana (3-2, 0-1) – As big as last week's victory over Missouri was, the loss at home to Maryland has to be as disappointing. The Hoosiers scored only 15 points and defensively continued to struggle. Last week: 11
11. Michigan (2-3, 0-1) – Seemingly, it can't get much worse for the Wolverines after their latest home loss. Quarterback is still a question, as is an underperforming offensive line that has coach Brady Hoke on a hot seat that is on fire. Last week: 10
12. Illinois (3-2, 0-1) – The Illini were without quarterback Wes Lunt and it was too much for them to overcome against a Nebraska offense that simply overwhelmed the Illini. Last week: 12
13. Northwestern (2-2, 1-0) – It was a stunner to most, except maybe coach Pat Fitzgerald, who expected to win. Nonetheless, it go the Wildcats off to a good start in the Big Ten and could be a turning point to a potentially long season. Last week: 14
14. Purdue (2-3, 0-1) – The Boilermakers hung with Iowa for a while thanks to a solid defense and even led 10-0 at one point. But failure to capitalize on Iowa's mistakes and only 156 yards of total offense added up to another defeat. Last week: 13