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B1G Power Rankings 1/30 – Hammer and Rails

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1) Purdue

Last week: 1

1st place unanimously. Needless to say, Purdue never rests. Both PSU and IU can certainly pack a punch, and Zach Eady has been the Big Ten’s punching bag this season.

2) Indiana

Last week: 3

In 49 states, it’s just basketball. And the best Purdue-his IU rivalry game in years will be overshadowed by a mediocre Duke-his UNC match this weekend. poor. However, IU has to play in Maryland first, and Terps are still undefeated in B1G play.

3) Illinois

Last week: 5

Illinois have been strong lately, winning six of their last seven games, five of them against teams in the bottom four. Illini will get another one tomorrow against Nebraska and he’ll be on the road against Iowa.

4) Northwest

Last week: 14

After being quarantined, Northwestern bounced back and won three in a row. They’re still pushing the schedule forward, but so far it’s been going great. Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin await the Hawkeyes this week.

5) Rutgers

Last week: 2

For Rutgers, two games last week allowed Penn State just 45 points in a rout before losing by igniting Iowa and dropping 93. Scarlett his Knights will return home in his two games against Minnesota and Michigan this week to try to maintain their B1G standings.

6) Michigan

Last week: 4

Michigan State is currently 0-6 against teams from Illinois and Indiana, and Tom Izzo and company have unleashed another level beast in both Trace Jackson Davis and Zach Eady. Well done, Izzo. At least the Spartans beat Iowa at his home on a grueling schedule.

7) Iowa

Last week: 10

After calling off contests in Ohio and Michigan, Iowa attacked Rutgers at home. Iowa could be up as they host Northwestern and Illinois this week.

8) Maryland

Last week: 8

Maryland on the Big Ten roads: 0-5. Maryland at home to the Big Ten: 5-0. We’ll see how long this trend holds up as the Terps have to play Indiana State, Penn State, Purdue and Northwestern at home this season.

9) Pennsylvania

Last week: 9

Penn State has alternated between good and bad performances in six straight games, which is a testament to a young coach. Micah Shrewsberry’s team can rise to the occasion, but it can also flatten out a bit. That happened last week when PSU was unable to do anything with the Rutgers and took Michigan to a cabin in the woods. The Nittany Lions are on the road this week against Purdue and Nebraska.

10) Michigan

Last week: 6

Michigan has lost 5 of their 7 games, with one victory at home against Minnesota. The Wolverines are 11-10 overall despite having the best talent in the Big Ten.

11) Ohio

Last week: 11

It’s been a rough road for the Buckeyes. The win over Iowa seemed like a turning point, but the Bucks lost their final two games in Illinois and Indiana. With OSU down 7 of his 8 losses and Brutus and his company without a match against his B1G bottom two teams, the road won’t be easy.

12) Wisconsin

Last week: 7

Wisconsin are on a three-game losing streak, six in seven games. This week he OSU vs Wisconsin game could be really bad. It’s been more than three weeks since Wisconsin scored his 65-plus, despite Tyler’s Wall comeback.

13) Nebraska

Last week: 12

Nebraska may be in the bottom two, but they’re by no means the worst Big Ten team. The Huskers have lost three in a row to PSU, NW, MD, and this week Illinois and he will play PSU. Hopefully no more injuries for this depleted team.

14) Minnesota

Last week: 13

Minnesota nearly beat IU at home without the two best bigs. He has only one win against a power 5 team, but Minnesota go all out in every game. That’s all Ben Jonson could ask for. It’s a way to show recruits that it’s worth coming to Minnesota to play when warmer states are available.

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