Big Ten Power Rankings: Hoosiers close to last after Week 9

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Last game: 31-0 loss @ Minnesota
Next game: Nov. 5 vs. #4 Michigan

If Rutgers hadn’t beat Indiana the week before, they would be battling Northwestern for the last spot in the Big Ten. Rutgers’ offense totaled 134 yards on Saturday, while the penalty yardage (98) from both teams nearly caught up with the Scarlet Knights’ total offense.

I would attempt to give some positive feedback for Rutgers for their defense if they didn’t give up 31 points. Three players on the defensive unit had more than 10 total tackles, but the team as a whole only had two tackles for loss and finished the game with zero sacks.

Rutgers football is now in for a treat in Piscataway as No. 4 Michigan travels to the east coast to take on one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have lost to the Scarlet Knights just once in their eight total meetings since 2014. Last season, with Michigan ranked 19th, Rutgers battled and only lost 20-7 in Ann Arbor.

I give the Scarlet Knights a 0.000001 percent chance to surprise the country with a win against the Wolverines on Saturday.