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Big Ten Week 13 power rankings: Disaster in Columbus
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 21: Michael Geiger #4 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after kicking a 41-yard field goal as time expired against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan State defeated Ohio State 17-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

At this point in the calendar, every bit of focus in the Big Ten is at the top, with four teams battling for the conference title. Ohio State took a (hideous) tumble at home in a loss to Michigan State (without Connor Cook), and as such, the Buckeyes are now firmly on the outside looking in with regard to a trip to Indianapolis.

Elsewhere, the results were generally uninspiring, with Penn State battling against Michigan but failing to emerge with a win and Wisconsin tumbling on Senior Day in Madison. As you will see below, the Badgers were punished heavily for that stinker and, somehow, Northwestern sits at 9-2 despite fielding a brutal offense on a weekly basis.

We’re sticking with Michigan State over Iowa (as installed a week ago) out of principle, but even with the knowledge that I would certainly take the Buckeyes over the Hawkeyes on a neutral field, Urban Meyer’s team has to feel the brunt of that wretched performance. Oh, and don’t sleep on Michigan, who needs a Penn State win over Michigan State (not crazy) coupled with a home win over the hated Buckeyes to reach Indy in their own right.

Here are this week’s rankings in full. Stay B1G, everyone.

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 13 (last week in parentheses)
1. Michigan State (↑ 1)
2. Iowa (↑ 1)
3. Ohio State (↓ 2)
4. Michigan (↔)
5. Northwestern (↑ 1)
6. Penn State (↑ 1)
7. Wisconsin (↓ 2)
8. Minnesota (↔)
9. Nebraska (↔)
10. Indiana (↔)
11. Illinois (↔)
12. Purdue (↔)
13. Rutgers (↔)
14. Maryland (↔)

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