Just a few weeks ago, Michigan State was near the top of our Big Ten power rankings. That seems like a very long time ago now.

For a second straight week the Spartans were blown out, this time at the hands of Minnesota.

 Michigan State was outgained by more than 250 yards in Saturday’s 34-7 loss to the Golden Gophers.

There really isn’t a much worse two-game stretch for a Big Ten team than losing to an FCS foe and then going down against a MAC team. 

That’s what happened to Northwestern these last two weeks and has made it clear they are the worst team in the league right now.

Nebraska had this week off to lick their wounds from last week’s Oklahoma dismantling.

 How the Cornhuskers respond in this week’s winnable matchup against Indiana will tell us 

a lot about how the rest of the season will go in Lincoln, Neb.

Purdue was without starting quarterback Aidan O’Connell this week, and thus survived an upset scare from the Owls

If O’Connell is out again next week at Minnesota then Purdue will stand no chance against the Golden Gophers.