Big Ten Power Rankings (Week 11): Buckeyes and Hawkeyes Battle for the Big Ten

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Big Ten Power Rankings (Week 11): Buckeyes and Hawkeyes Battle for the Big Ten

The Big Ten Championship, or at least the Rose Bowl participant, will be decided when the Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes.

An Ohio State win would secure the Buckeyes' fifth straight Big Ten title and mark Jim Tressel's first trip to the Rose Bowl.

If the Buckeyes win the following week in Ann Arbor, Ohio State will claim its third outright Big Ten Championship in five years.

An Iowa win would give the Hawkeyes their first Rose Bowl game since Hayden Fry roamed the sidelines, and a win over Minnesota would give Iowa their first outright title since 1985.

Penn State and Wisconsin are still in contention to share the title, but the Rose Bowl dreams for those teams are lost.

The lobbying and jockeying for bowl position is starting to become commonplace, and the Big Ten remains the only conference to have each of its member schools still mathematically in bowl consideration.

For Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, and Illinois, the margin of error is very slim to nonexistent, while Minnesota and Michigan State most certainly should have the opportunity to win the one they still need.

The Northwestern Wildcats, already bowl eligible, will try to strengthen their case and possible bowl location with two more winnable games.

The 2009 round table members are J.A. Allen, Tim Cary, Bret Feddern, Kristofer Green, Ryan Jelley, and Tim Bielik.

On to the Week 11 Power Rankings...

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