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Michigan – 19
This was the Wolverine’s most dominant win of the season, as they beat Rutgers High 52-0. Quarterback Shea Patterson had his best performance of the year, throwing for over 250 yards and a touchdown. The defense was also impressive, limiting the Scarlet Knights to 106 passing yards and less than 75 yards rushing. They will need more wins like this if they hope to salvage their season so far, which has been underwhelming.
Iowa – 14
Iowa has been having a great season so far, stomping Middle Tennessee 48-3. Quarterback and NFL prospect Nate Stanley has quietly had his best year under center as a Hawkeye, evident by his almost 16 yards per completion. Iowa had over 600 yards of offense, with junior Toren Young amassing 131 yards on only 11 carries. This Iowa team is disciplined and talented like always, and is Wisconsin’s main obstacle to a B1G Ten West title.
Penn State – 12
Penn State had a slow start to the season as they only eked out a win against rival Pitt, but this week was their most convincing win of the season. The Nittany Lions obliterated the Maryland Terrapins by a score of 59-0. Sean Clifford threw for almost 400 yards, leading receiver KJ Hamler to over 100 yards receiving. Penn State showed that the East Division is more than just Ohio State this season, with a prolific offense and a stingy defense that could give its opponents a lot of issues.
Wisconsin – 8
Wisconsin stayed steady at 8 this week, after they struggled to generate an offense yet again this year against Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats. The Badgers had to depend on their #1 ranked defense, which scored a pair of touchdowns on a fumble recovery by nose tackle Matt Henningsen, and an amazing 68 yard pick-six by Noah Burks. Special teams also had a litany of issues, with a muffed punt and an inconsistent punting game, as well as multiple long returns. Offense and special teams will need to be more disciplined if they hope to contend for a B1G Ten Title.
Ohio State – 4
This ranking seemed a bit low, as teams ahead like Alabama and Clemson both played surprisingly close games this week. Ohio State, however, annihilated Nebraska 48-7 in a game headlined by the performance of Georgia Bulldog transfer Justin Fields, who jumpstarted his Heisman campaign with 4 touchdowns and almost 300 yards of total offense. This Ohio State team showed why it is the most complete team in the country, and will make for a great game when Bucky travels to Columbus on Oct. 26th.