Big Ten Power Rankings Week 13: Nebraska Slips, Northwestern Rises

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Nov 22, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) leaves the field after losing to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Minnesota won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

As the College Football season winds down, the Big Ten still has two leaders in the Heisman race and a legitimate national championship contender. Oh, and there are quite a few good teams in this 14-team conference.

This week’s version of our Big Ten Power Rankings include nine bowl eligible teams and another three looking to make it this weekend. It also includes four top 25 teams.

It is pretty clear which tier the teams in the conference belong in, even if it is not clear on where they stand at each point. This is the time of year where certain teams in the conference shine due to their identity of a rush-heavy, physical offense that thrives outside in cold weather. Simply put, this is when Big Ten football looks to be at its best.

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The conference clearly is better than it was thought to be at the beginning of the season, and it has a few more chances to impress people. We can say that Big Ten football is very exciting in November.

And for a few teams, there is still a heck of a lot to play for. Even those bowl-eligible teams that can’t make any championship game could still be thinking about a strong finish and possibly a Top 25 ranking.

So with lots of good teams, here are the Week 13 Big Ten Power Rankings.

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