Maryland took care of their two games while Iowa lost one this week to create a tie atop the Big Ten. Michigan and Ohio State both got two big conference wins to climb in the standings and Purdue dropped two straight to fall in the Big Ten standings.
Here are the standings as of February 7th:
Maryland (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten) Maryland is surging as they beat both Michigan State and a road contest against a good Indiana team. They will look to stay atop the league and ride their momentum going forward. Next three opponents: vs. Rutgers 2/9, vs. Iowa, 2/13, @ Penn State 2/16.
Iowa (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten) Iowa dropped just their second conference game of the season against Michigan, but they bounced back to beat Nebraska at home. They will be in Mackey to take on Purdue on Sunday afternoon. Next three opponents: @ Purdue 2/9, @ Maryland 2/13, vs. Wisconsin 2/16.
Northwestern (19-3, 9-2 Big Ten) The Wildcats won their only gave this week but fell to a .5 game back in the standings. With three games this week they can make up that half game with wins aginst the bottom half of the league. Next three opponents: vs. Michigan State 2/10, @ Michigan 2/13, vs. Nebraska 2/16.
Indiana (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten) The Hoosiers beat Purdue to secure the Barn Burner trophy but lost their next game at home against the now top team in the conference, Maryland. They have a rather light schedule coming up against the less talented teams in the Big Ten. Next three opponents: @ Nebraska 2/9, @ Illinois 2/13, vs. Ohio State 2/16.
Rutgers (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) Rutgers split their games this week losing to a hot Minnesota team before whooping Penn State at home. They travel to Maryland in a pivotal conference game next. Next three opponents: @ Maryland 2/9, @ Michigan State 2/13, vs. Michigan 2/16.
Michigan (15-7, 6-5 Big Ten) The Wolverines picked up two big wins in the form of Iowa and Purdue, they are starting to get hot and have dates with Northwestern and Rutgers coming up soon. Next three opponents: @ Minnesota 2/10, vs. Northwestern 2/13, @ Rutgers 2/16.
Ohio State (13-9, 6-5 Big Ten) Ohio State took advantage of a weak two game streak against Nebraska and Illinois, they will take on another bad team in Wisconsin this Sunday. Next three opponents: vs. Wisconsin 2/9, vs. Minnesota 2/13, @ Indiana 2/16.
Purdue (15-9, 6-6 Big Ten) The Boilers dropped both games so far this week, first getting worked by Indiana at home then losing a close contest in Ann Arbor. They host Iowa at home before going on a three game stretch against three of the worst teams in the conference. Next three opponents: vs. Iowa 2/9, @ Wisconsin 2/13, @ Illinois 2/16.
Nebraska (15-8, 5-7 Big Ten) The Cornhuskers dropped both of their games this past week losing to Iowa and Ohio State, and their schedule does not get easier at they host Indiana at home on Sunday. Next three opponents: vs. Indiana 2/9, vs. Penn State 2/13, @ Northwestern 2/16.
Minnesota (15-8, 5-7 Big Ten) Minnesota is quietly improving with wins over Rutgers and Wisconsin. They are just two games below .500 in conference ahead of their showdown with Michigan. Next three opponents: vs. Michigan 2/10, @ Ohio State 2/13, @ Michigan State 2/17.
Michigan State (11-11, 4-7 Big Ten) The Spartans lost their only game this week against Maryland by 39. Yikes. They have games against the top of the conference in Northwestern and Rutgers. Next three opponents: @ Northwestern 2/10, vs. Rutgers 2/13, vs. Minnesota 2/17.
Wisconsin (11-12, 3-9 Big Ten) Wisconsin split their games beating Illinois before losing to Minnesota in what continues to be a rough season for the Badgers. Next three opponents: @ Ohio State 2/9, vs. Purdue 2/13, @ Iowa 2/16.