Big Ten Power Rankings (Week 10): Gearing Up For The Battle for Second Place?

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Big Ten Power Rankings (Week 10): Gearing Up For The Battle for Second Place?

The stage is set for another epic showdown in the Big Ten between title contenders Ohio State and Penn State this weekend.

Since 2005, the first year the two schools shared the Big Ten Championship, the teams have each won twice (once at home and once on the road. In both victories by the Lions, the Big Ten Championship was on the line and both times the Lions used a fumble by an Ohio State quarterback to propel them to victory.

In 2005, the Buckeyes were driving late in the fourth quarter, down by seven when Troy Smith fumbled trying to escape a sack. The Nits would run out the clock to preserve a 17-10 lead and secure the league's automatic BCS berth.

In 2008, the Buckeyes were clinging to a 6-3 lead in the fourth quarter and driving when Terrelle Pryor took a quarterback sneak to the edge and was stripped of the ball by a pouncing Nittany Lion defense. The Lions would go on to score 10 unanswered to win the game 13-6.

Saturday's game in Happy Valley is setting up to be another intense, defensive battle.

Joe Paterno's defense is eager to get after Pennsylvania native Terrelle Pryor and ready to prove that an easy schedule isn't the only reason why they are sitting at 8-1 and lead the conference in most defensive statistics.

Jim Tressel's defense sits right behind the Lions on all of those defensive statistic lists and after posting their third shut-out of the season are eager to prove that they are indeed the Big Ten's best defensive unit.

This important battle for position may just come down to another turnover ... will the Buckeyes change history?

The 2009 roundtable members are J.A. Allen, Tim Cary, Bret Feddern, Kristofer Green, Ryan Jelley, and Kevin Trahan.

On to the Week 10 Power Rankings...

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