Big Ten Power Rankings Week 12: Not Much Change as Wisconsin Rises, Nebraska Falls

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Nov 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill shake hands after the game at TCF Bank Stadium. The Buckeyes won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the time of the year when Big Ten football thrives. Cold weather, rain, sleet, and snow allows for rush-heavy teams to take over and simply dominate.

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend, obviously with the record-setting day by Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon the most noteworthy headline. But there were quite a few other pieces of excitement too over the weekend.

And they have dramatically affected the Week 12 Big Ten Power Rankings we are getting set to bring you, even if there is not much change in the middle or at the bottom.

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For one thing, in this conference, another national championship contender was eliminated. Now, we’re down to one in the Big Ten, just like the ACC, to potentially reach the College Football Playoff. But we have two teams that look really good and in serious contention to win the Big Ten Championship.

The conference is made up of four teams that belong in the Top 25, another three teams who are very good, another three who are decent, two who are mediocre, and two who are just bad.

It’s certainly nowhere near the best conference in college football, as the name has obviously been bigger than the depth, but it’s still a very good conference with lots of very good teams.

And now, let’s take a look at where all of those teams stand in our Week 12 Big Ten Power Rankings.

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