Big Ten Football Rankings Week 7

Big Ten football rankings entering Week 7 of the 2016 season. Ohio State wins big ahead of its showdown with Wisconsin on Saturday night in Madison.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer praised Indiana up and down all week. Then the Buckeyes went out and won by 21 points with J.T. Barrett finishing with 93 yards passing and throwing an interception.

The Buckeyes’ victory sets up a Big Ten showdown Saturday night at Wisconsin, which had the week off to prepare. The Badgers lost 14-7 last week at Michigan, which stayed firmly in the No. 2 spot after absolutely dominating Rutgers.

There was plenty of movement in the rankings this weekend after Michigan State lost its third straight game and Penn State routed Maryland. Here’s a look at the rest of the Big Ten heading into Week 7.

Week 7 Big Ten Football Rankings

14. Rutgers

Lost to Michigan, 78-0. That’s not a misprint. The Scarlet Knights finished with two first downs and 35 total yards. They’ve been outscored 136-0 by Ohio State and the Wolverines the last two weeks.

13. Illinois

Lost to Purdue 34-31 in overtime after fumbling on its first possession of extra time. Quarterback Wes Lunt left in the second quarter because of an ankle injury, and his status for next week’s game against Rutgers will be determined this week.

12. Purdue

Beat Illinois 34-31 in overtime on J.D. Dellinger’s 28-yard field goal. Big win for embattled coach Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers, who host Iowa next week.

11. Northwestern

The Wildcats had a bye after beating Iowa 38-31 last week. They’ll travel to East Lansing next week to face Michigan State, which has lost three straight.

10. Indiana

Lost 38-17 at Ohio State. The Hoosiers, who beat Michigan State in overtime last week, hung tough into the second half before the Buckeyes pulled away.

9. Minnesota

Lost 14-7 to Iowa at home for its second straight defeat. The Golden Gophers held a one-point lead in fourth quarter before allowing a 54-yard touchdown run with less than six minutes left.

8. Michigan State

Stepped out of conference to host BYU and lost, 31-14. The Spartans have dropped three straight games for the first time since 2009 and bench quarterback Tyler O’Connor in favor of Damion Terry in the fourth quarter.

7. Iowa

Akrum Wadley’s 54-yard touchdown run with 5:28 left in the game to give the Hawkeyes a 14-7 win over Minnesota. Iowa had a much better defensive effort after giving up 38 points to Northwestern in last week’s loss.

6. Maryland

Suffered its first loss of the season, 38-14 at Penn State. Perry Hills was knocked out of the game with an injury to his throwing shoulder, something that’s been nagging him for a few weeks.

5. Penn State

Picked up a big 38-14 win over previously undefeated Maryland after entering as a slight underdog. Coach James Franklin needed that victory to please an impatient Nittany Lions fan base.

4. Nebraska

Had a much-needed bye after beat Illinois last week. The Cornhuskers are dealing with multiple injuries, including a back issues for wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, who might not be ready to face Indiana on Saturday.

3. Wisconsin

The Badgers had the week off after that tough 14-7 loss at Michigan last week. It doesn’t get any easier as they prepare to face Ohio State on Saturday night.

2. Michigan

The Wolverines will see your 58-0 win over Rutgers, Ohio State, and raise you a 78-0 win over the Scarlet Knights. Michigan’s defense turned in another dominating effort and gets the week off before facing Illinois.

1. Ohio State

Pulled away late to beat Indiana 38-17. J.T. Barrett struggled in the passing game, and he’ll need to be better next week against a Wisconsin defense looking to help the Badgers pull off the upset in Madison.