Northwestern stormed back at the end of a cold, windy and wet afternoon in Evanston to snatch a victory from the Iowa Hawkeyes––denying them once again in the fading moments of a game.
Iowa’s Big Ten title hopes evaporated as the clock expired.
At the same time Wisconsin pummeled the Hoosiers whose shouts of “Uncle” could not be heard over the Badger faithful cries for more.
An 83-20 score blinked brilliantly on the giant scoreboard which the Badgers hope was noted by the BCS.
Meanwhile, Penn State muscled their way through the first half leading at Ohio State. Eventually, however, the Buckeyes woke up and stormed back to win in Columbus.
While––miracle of miracles––the Minnesota Gophers rose up on their hind legs and won a game in the Big Ten on the road at Illinois.
The Power Rankings are based on (1) the BCS Rankings, (2) the total win-loss net and (3) the team’s past weekend results. If, for example, a team defeated a higher BCS ranked opponent that is worth a +5 while a regular win is worth +1. A tie is reconciled by the team's win-loss record in the Big Ten.
This means that the power ranking totals may change dramatically from week to week.
The Power Rankings this week reflect a distinct separation of the top three from the rest of the pack.