Power Ranking Big Ten Football in Week 10: Iowa Soars As Michigan Sinks

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Power Ranking Big Ten Football in Week 10: Iowa Soars As Michigan Sinks
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The Iowa Hawkeyes struck a huge blow last weekend reminding the rest of the Big Ten that all bets are off until the last play of the season. This Iowa team is not going down without a fight.

The race for first place in the Big Ten heats up as each top-four team has suffered one conference loss.

Michigan State controls their own destiny with games remaining at home against Minnesota and Purdue and a final road trip to Penn State.

Wisconsin also has the luxury of having the toughest part of their schedule behind them. The Badgers look to entertain Indiana and Northwestern at home while traveling to Purdue this weekend and to Michigan in Week 12.

Iowa and Ohio State should be careful to avoid the pitfall of treading water until they face each other in Week 11. It is dangerous to overlook any team in the Big Ten. Both coaching staffs will hammer home the importance of focus.

Iowa has three road trips in their final four games–– at Indiana, Northwestern, and Minnesota.  The Hawkeyes' one remaining home game pits them against Ohio State.

Ohio State, on the other hand, has a bye this weekend then welcomes Penn State and Michigan to Columbus with the road trip to Iowa City sandwiched in between.  Unfortunately for all other Big Ten teams, Ohio State does not face Michigan State in 2010. A real shame, especially for Iowa and Wisconsin.

The Power Rankings are based primarily on the most recent results plus the total body of work.

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