Big Ten Power Rankings: What We Learned in Week 7

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Big Ten Power Rankings: What We Learned in Week 7
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This week in the Big Ten was an eventful one.  Michigan State claimed a decisive win in the battle of Michigan and made its case for being the best defense in the conference.  Ohio State reminded the country that it does still know how to play some pretty tough defense.  

Wisconsin put it on cruise control to beat Indiana in just one half of football.  Iowa got revenge over its tormentor Northwestern despite being outgained on offense.  Finally, Penn State took the win that Purdue gladly handed it.

On the losing end, Illinois got Zook'd; Michigan got Denard'd; Northwestern just doesn't know anymore, man; Purdue let one slip away; and Indiana is just happy Wisconsin didn't put up 80 again.

Breaking news:  Penn State still doesn't have a quarterback.

Some seismic shifts took place all across the Big Ten, and after three weeks of conference, games the race to Indianapolis is beginning to shake out with front runners (Wisconsin, Michigan State), flawed contenders (Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Penn State), and the fly in the ointment (Ohio State).

Meanwhile a few teams (Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern) are just trying to figure out a way to build some positive momentum for next year.

Let's look at this week's games and what they mean in the coming weeks.

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