Huge Ten Energy Rankings: Michigan leaps into prime spot

Published:Mar 8, 202423:49
Huge Ten Energy Rankings: Michigan leaps into prime spot

Because the Huge Ten common season enters its closing part, three groups have separated themselves from the remainder.

No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan stay the category of the convention regardless of final weekend’s early scares from Northwestern and Rutgers, respectively. Proper behind them is No. 15 Penn State, the good-not-great third fiddle that fell wanting toppling both large however beats up on everybody else.

For a second, No. 16 Illinois pushed its means towards the league’s higher echelon by rolling via the cannibalistic Huge Ten West. However the Illini’s utility for membership was declined following a deflating loss to Michigan State.

Listed below are the Huge Ten energy rankings forward of Week 11: 

1. Michigan

File: 9-0, 6-0 Huge Ten
Final week: 52-17 win at Rutgers 
Up subsequent: vs. Nebraska 
Earlier rating:

Michigan jumps forward of Ohio State for the primary time following a 52-17 shellacking of Rutgers on Saturday night time. The Wolverines scored 38 unanswered factors within the second half to show a nip-and-tuck affair into one other spectacular blowout. Tailbacks Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards every ran for 109 yards as head coach Jim Harbaugh’s group continued to lean on its floor sport, climbing to fourth nationally and second amongst Energy 5 faculties in speeding at 250 yards per sport. Linebacker Michael Barrett notched two interceptions off erratic quarterback Gavin Wimsatt and returned one in every of them for a 31-yard landing. True freshman cornerback Will Johnson, a former five-star recruit and the jewel of Michigan’s 2022 recruiting class, snagged the primary interception of his profession as nicely. An unlimited 282-14 edge in speeding yards coupled with a plus-3 turnover margin was greater than sufficient for the Wolverines to offset an uncharacteristically poor efficiency on particular groups, the place kicker Jake Moody missed a pair of area targets and punter Brad Robbins had one in every of his makes an attempt blocked and returned for a landing within the first quarter.  

Blake Corum punishes Rutgers' goal-line protection

Blake Corum punishes Rutgers' goal-line defense

Blake Corum transformed on fourth-and-goal to offer Michigan an early 7-0 lead in opposition to the Rutgers on Saturday. 

2. Ohio State

File: 9-0, 6-0 Huge Ten 
Final week: 21-7 win at Northwestern
Up subsequent: vs. Indiana
Earlier rating: 1

It could be simple to forgive the Buckeyes for his or her underwhelming efficiency at Ryan Discipline on Saturday amid sustained winds of 30 miles per hour and gusts that exceeded 50 mph — all whereas sheets of rain drenched the enjoying floor. However Ohio State is a Midwest crew enjoying in a predominantly Midwest convention, so who’s to say the climate received’t be comparable in opposition to Indiana subsequent weekend or, extra importantly, when Michigan visits Ohio Stadium later this month? Saturday’s slim win over Northwestern bolstered the soccer adage that speeding assaults prevail in all situations. It’s the rationale Harbaugh believes so strongly in his floor sport at a time when faculty soccer options extra high-powered passing offenses than ever. In a convention just like the Huge Ten, the place the climate can flip nasty right away, Harbaugh doesn’t need to be depending on shifting the ball via the air. Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud accomplished simply 10 of 26 passes for 76 yards and no touchdowns in opposition to Northwestern whereas the working sport — headlined by tailback Miyan Williams (26 carries, 111 yards, two TDs) — accounted for 73.1% of the output. A weather-dependent offense is a dangerous enterprise this time of 12 months.

3. Penn State

File: 7-2, 4-2 Huge Ten
Final week: 45-14 win at Indiana 
Up subsequent: vs. Maryland 
Earlier rating:

The Nittany Lions responded from their gutting, season-altering loss to Ohio State with an emphatic victory over the free-falling Hoosiers. Tailbacks Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton mixed for 159 yards and 4 touchdowns as Penn State scored 38 unanswered factors throughout the second, third and fourth quarters. Head coach James Franklin’s crew outgained Indiana 483-196 in complete yards and transformed 9 of 18 makes an attempt on third and fourth down mixed. Three completely different PSU defenders picked off passes to create a series of quick fields on a day when Indiana used three quarterbacks instead of injured starter Connor Bazelak. The sport was so lopsided that Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was eliminated with greater than a full quarter remaining to offer true freshman Drew Allar some burn. Allar accomplished 9 of 12 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to an Indiana protection that sunk to 114th in scoring at 32.2 factors per sport. The Nittany Lions ought to be favored in every of their remaining video games and have a superb likelihood to complete 10-2 with their solely losses to Michigan and Ohio State.  

4. Illinois

File: 7-2, 4-2 Huge Ten
Final week: 23-15 loss to Michigan State 
Up subsequent: vs. Purdue
Earlier rating:

It was a crushing defeat for head coach Bret Bielema’s crew after an unbelievable begin that noticed the Illini debut at No. 16 within the School Soccer Playoff rankings. Illinois outgained the Spartans on the bottom and thru the air to complete with a 441-294 benefit in complete yardage however transformed simply one in every of six makes an attempt on fourth right down to repeatedly give the ball again to Michigan State. After scoring the sport’s opening landing on a lovely 60-yard catch and run by wideout Isaiah Williams within the first quarter, the Illini didn’t rating once more till the 14:27 mark of the fourth. Star tailback Chase Brown gained 136 yards on 33 carries however failed to succeed in the tip zone for the third time within the final 4 video games. He was additionally concerned in two of Illinois’ three fumbles (one conventional, one on a mishandled toss from quarterback Tommy DeVito) and completed with simply 4.1 yards per carry — his lowest mark this season. The Illini have a one-game lead within the Huge Ten West.  

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5. Wisconsin

File: 5-4, 3-3 Huge Ten
Final week: 23-10 win vs. Maryland  
Up subsequent: at Iowa 
Earlier rating:

One other sport besieged by wet and windy situations bolstered the significance of a dependable speeding assault, which the Badgers used to bludgeon a Maryland crew identified for its aerial prowess. Tailbacks Braelon Allen and Isaac Guerendo each topped 100 yards and each scored a landing as Wisconsin constructed a 17-0 lead earlier than halftime. An ineffective passing assault from quarterback Graham Mertz (5-for-18, 77 yards) was offset by a run sport that averaged six yards per carry to maintain the Terrapins at arm’s size. Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw for simply 77 yards and nullified his solely passing landing with a expensive interception within the second half. With the win, Wisconsin’s interim head coach Jim Leonhard improved to 3-1 since changing Paul Chryst final month. He continues to obtain sturdy help from the Badgers’ locker room with outdoors linebacker Nick Herbig telling reporters "it blows my thoughts" that Leonhard hasn’t been given the job.

6. Minnesota

File: 6-3, 3-3 Huge Ten
Final week: 20-13 win at Nebraska 
Up subsequent: vs. Northwestern 
Earlier rating:

Minnesota fell behind 10-0 within the first quarter of Saturday’s sport in opposition to Nebraska earlier than rallying with 20 unanswered factors to safe its sixth win of the season. Operating again Mohamed Ibrahim posted his seventeenth consecutive 100-yard sport by speeding for 128 yards and two scores on 32 punishing carries. The Gophers maintained their composure after beginning quarterback Tanner Morgan (6-for-8, 38 yards) exited with an damage on the ultimate play of the primary half. Backup Athan Kaliakmanis (6-for-12, 137 yards) produced scoring drives on 4 of his first 5 possessions as Minnesota maintained a wholesome nine-minute benefit in time of possession. Head coach P.J. Fleck’s crew prolonged its sample of bullying among the lower-level groups within the Huge Ten (Michigan State, Rutgers, Nebraska) whereas falling quick in opposition to stiffer competitors. The Gophers play two of their closing three video games at house.  

7. Iowa

File: 5-4, 3-3 Huge Ten
Final week: 24-3 win at Purdue 
Up subsequent: vs. Wisconsin 
Earlier rating:

Credit score head coach Kirk Ferentz and his workers for responding to an unpleasant three-game dropping streak with back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Purdue that showcased official enhancements on offense. One week after finishing 70% of his passes for 220 yards and a rating in opposition to the Wildcats, quarterback Spencer Petras turned one other managed efficiency by ending 13-of-23 for 192 yards, two touchdowns and nil interceptions. He provided the proper complement to an explosive working sport spearheaded by freshman tailback Kaleb Johnson, who set a brand new profession excessive with 200 yards and a landing on simply 20 carries for a chunky common of 9.1 yards per try. Johnson turned the primary Hawkeye to run for 200 yards within the final seven years. An unwavering Iowa protection held Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell to 168 yards, zero touchdowns and a 46.5% completion charge. Linebacker Seth Benson and security Kaevon Merriweather each notched interceptions because the Hawkeyes completed plus-2 within the turnover battle.

Kaleb Johnson goes 75 yards to the home!

Kaleb Johnson goes 75 yards to the house!

Iowa's Spencer Petras handed off to Kaleb Johnson for a 75-yard speeding landing in opposition to Purdue on Saturday.

8. Maryland

File: 6-3, 3-3 Huge Ten
Final week: 23-10 loss at Wisconsin 
Up subsequent: at No. 15 Penn State 
Earlier rating:

Similar to Ohio State quarterback Stroud, who completed with extra speeding yards (79) than passing yards (76) this week, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was handcuffed by poor climate situations at Camp Randall Stadium. Tagovailoa accomplished simply 10 of 23 passes for 77 yards, one landing and one interception in arguably his poorest outing for the reason that first begin of his profession in 2020. The Terrapins solely transformed 29.4% of their third-down makes an attempt and completed with one completion longer than 15 yards. Tailback Roman Hemby, who rushed for 286 yards and 4 touchdowns in his final two video games, was restricted to 66 yards on 16 carries and by no means discovered the tip zone. Maryland already clinched bowl eligibility with its win over Northwestern final month, however a ending stretch that features Penn State, Ohio State and Rutgers might show taxing for head coach Mike Locksley. Regardless, the Terrapins will go bowling in consecutive seasons for the primary time since 2013-14.

9. Michigan State

File: 4-5, 2-4 Huge Ten
Final week: 23-15 win at No. 16 Illinois 
Up subsequent: vs. Rutgers 
Earlier rating: 11 

As single-game victories go, Michigan State’s triumph on the street in opposition to No. 16 Illinois is among the extra spectacular ends in the Huge Ten this season. The Spartans traveled to Champaign marred by controversy following final week’s brawl within the Michigan Stadium tunnel, and head coach Mel Tucker tagged eight gamers with indefinite suspensions — together with a number of defensive starters. However Tucker’s crew scored 23 straight factors to rework a 7-0 deficit right into a commanding 23-7 lead in opposition to an Illinois offense that isn’t constructed to play from behind on the scoreboard. The Spartans scratched out 112 speeding yards and a landing in opposition to a run protection ranked fourth nationally by surrendering simply 79.8 yards per sport. Tucker’s crew overcame a 147-yard deficit in complete yardage by stopping the Illini 5 instances on fourth down. With house video games in opposition to Rutgers and Indiana within the subsequent two weeks, Michigan State has a official alternative to succeed in bowl eligibility earlier than the season finale at Penn State.

10. Purdue

File: 5-4, 3-3 Huge Ten
Final week: 24-3 loss vs. Iowa 
Up subsequent: at No. 16 Illinois 
Earlier rating:

One week after dropping floor within the Huge Ten West with a 35-24 defeat to Wisconsin, the Boilermakers stumbled once more in a disheartening loss to Iowa at house. Purdue fell behind 17-0 because the offense opened with three consecutive punts adopted by back-to-back interceptions from quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who threw for a season-low 168 yards. The Boilermakers transformed only a pair of third downs the complete sport and turned the ball over on downs 3 times. A run protection that also ranks twenty fifth nationally at 118.4 yards per sport surrendered 200 yards and a landing to Iowa freshman Kaleb Johnson. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s group is one in every of 4 groups tied at 3-3 within the Huge Ten West standings, and this week’s journey to division-leader Illinois might make or break the Boilermakers’ season.

11. Nebraska

File: 3-6, 2-4 Huge Ten
Final week: 20-13 loss vs. Minnesota 
Up subsequent: at No. 5 Michigan  
Earlier rating: 10 

One other week, one other slim defeat for interim head coach Mickey Joseph. Nebraska has dropped three consecutive video games to Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota by 30 mixed factors with two of these losses ending as one-score defeats. With out beginning quarterback Casey Thompson, who suffered a nerve damage to his throwing arm in opposition to Illinois, the Cornhuskers turned to freshman Chubba Purdy, a former four-star recruit who transferred from Florida State. Purdy performed poorly sufficient within the first half to warrant a platoon system within the second, alternating series with fellow reserve Logan Smothers. The pair mixed to complete 11-of-26 for 121 yards, one interception and nil touchdowns, and the offense gained simply 267 yards general. Nebraska has now misplaced 5 of its final seven video games and travels to Michigan subsequent week.  

12. Rutgers

File: 4-5, 1-5 Huge Ten
Final week: 52-17 loss vs. No. 5 Michigan 
Up subsequent: at Michigan State 
Earlier rating: 12 

The Scarlet Knights deserve credit score for a way laborious they performed in a sport that was shut via two quarters however ended as a blowout loss to Michigan. A superb particular groups play tilted momentum in Rutgers’ favor when defensive again Timmy Ward returned a blocked punt for a landing to tie the sport, 7-7. From there, head coach Greg Schiano’s crew cobbled collectively two scoring drives to construct a 17-14 lead whereas holding Michigan to seven factors over the ultimate 20 minutes of the primary half. However the slim benefit rapidly eroded within the second half when U-M tailbacks Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards each discovered the tip zone early within the third quarter. The Wolverines exploded for 38 factors within the second half to overwhelm a lackluster Rutgers offense that turned the ball over 3 times, gained 5 first downs and completed with 180 complete yards.

13. Northwestern

File: 1-8, 1-5 Huge Ten
Final week: 21-7 loss to No. 2 Ohio State 
Up subsequent: at Minnesota 
Earlier rating: 14 

Unrelenting wind and rain at Ryan Discipline afforded Northwestern the best situations to shock the faculty soccer world by upsetting No. 2 Ohio State. The Wildcats scored first on a 16-yard scamper by tailback Evan Hull (30 carries, 122 yards, 1 TD) and held the lead till the two:26 mark of the second quarter, at which level OSU wideout Emeka Egbuka turned the nook to succeed in the tip zone as a runner. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald maintained his aggressive method by going for it on fourth down 4 instances in opposition to the Buckeyes, and all 4 instances the Wildcats had been turned away — together with 3 times on OSU’s aspect of the sector. Northwestern’s complete of 31 fourth-down makes an attempt this season is tied for second nationally behind Texas Tech (42), however the conversion charge of 58.4% is tied for 58th general and eighth within the Huge Ten. Fitzgerald’s crew has misplaced eight consecutive video games.  

14. Indiana

File: 3-6, 1-5 Huge Ten
Final week: 45-14 loss vs. No. 15 Penn State 
Up subsequent: at No. 2 Ohio State 
Earlier rating: 13 

The easiest way to explain the state of Indiana soccer is as follows: With beginning quarterback Connor Bazelak unavailable for Saturday’s sport with an undisclosed damage, head coach Tom Allen changed him with a participant who introduced his intention to enter the switch portal two weeks in the past. That participant — senior quarterback Jack Tuttle — went on to injure his shoulder late within the second quarter and by no means returned. The Hoosiers had been blown away by Penn State on either side of the ball in a lopsided sport that featured 38 straight factors for the Nittany Lions from the second quarter via the fourth. Indiana completed with lower than half of PSU’s complete yardage and turned the ball over practically as many instances (three) because it transformed on third down (4). Allen’s crew has misplaced six consecutive video games and finishes with Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue.

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Michael Cohen covers faculty soccer and basketball for FOX Sports activities with an emphasis on the Huge Ten. Observe him on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.

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