Final 2011-12 Big Ten Football Power Rankings

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Final 2011-12 Big Ten Football Power Rankings

It's been one week without college football.  How do you feel?  Do you have the shakes?  Irritability?  Do you still obsessively check your phone on Saturdays for scores of games even though you know there aren't any being played?

If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions—and let's face it, you wouldn't be here if you didn't—then you, my friend, are suffering from college football withdrawal.  There is only one known cure: more college football.  Unfortunately, we won't even get a bastardized form of that until April, and unless you're so overcome by the crippling dementia that accompanies serious college football viewing that you actually find recruiting interesting, it will be a long, cold winter.

My suggestion is to ween yourself of the game with the NFL playoffs (I know, it's not the same) and argue incessantly about who is going to win the Big Ten next year.

Before that, however, we need one last look back at the 2011-12 season with a final batch of power rankings.  Unlike previous editions—which were, by nature, always incomplete and based more on how a team was playing in the moment than a "body of work" argument—this final batch of power rankings will judge definitively (subjectively) who had the best season and who had the worst.

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