B1G Power Rankings after week 12

Here we are, college football fans. After a long offseason and 12 wild weeks of blissful college football action, the 2022 regular season has officially entered Rivalry Weekend.

While it’s been a fun and wild ride, many teams will see their seasons end in week 13. Others will wait to figure out a postseason target, and even fewer will settle down for big championship weekend matchups.

In the B1G, the race for a perfect season is still intact for Michigan and Ohio State. These two juggernauts will battle it out in Week 13 for the B1G East and a 12-0 regular season record.

So, without further ado, here are Tradition’s B1G Power Rankings from Week 12:

14. Northwest (1-10)

Last week: at Purdue, L 17-9

With several QBs for Northwestern, Cole Freeman entered the lineup and tried to create something magical for the Wildcats. Freeman and company hung out thanks to Evan Hull and the defense (and a cold atmosphere), but it wasn’t enough.

Next up: vs. Illinois

13. Indiana (4-7)

Last week: in the state of Michigan, W 39-31 (2OT)

In Week 12, the Hoosiers tried a new approach with Dexter Williams starting at QB. That approach consisted of just 7 attempted passes – in a double overtime affair – and 44 carries, mostly split between Williams, Shaun Shivers and Josh Henderson. It paid off as Indiana stunned the Spartans in East Lansing from a halftime deficit of 17 points.

Next up: vs. Purdue

12. Rutgers (4-7)

Last week: v Penn State, L 55-10

Believe it or not, Rutgers was in this thing in the first quarter, scoring 10 points in the opening stages. Unfortunately, that was the end of the feel-good moments for the Scarlet Knights. Penn State forced 3 turnovers, hit two defensive TDs, and had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Next: in Maryland

11.Nebraska (3-8)

Last week: vs. Wisconsin, L 15-14

Well, Casey Thompson returned to the starting lineup for the Huskers. He was a boost on offense and threw two touchdowns to Trey Palmer, but it wasn’t enough. Nebraska squandered another double-digit lead, giving up 12 unanswered points in the 4th quarter as Wisconsin recovered on the road.

Next up: in Iowa

10th Michigan State (5-6)

Last week: v Rutgers, W 27-21

Michigan State’s penchant for downplaying the competition — and letting things come late — eventually caught up with the Spartans. At halftime against Indiana, the Spartans had scored 24 points and held a 17-point lead. Then Michigan State somehow lost a game in which the offense totaled 540 yards and held the ball for more than 36 minutes of play. The Spartans also likely missed their postseason opportunity.

Next: in Penn State

9. Maryland (6-6)

Last week: v. Ohio State, L 43-30

Mike Locksley’s squad had their shot. Maryland went toe-to-toe with Ohio State in a move reminiscent of the high-scoring affair the two teams waged in 2018. The Terrapins even had a shot to equalize or take the lead while the Buckeyes held on to a 36-30 lead late. Unfortunately for the Terps, Ohio State’s defensive front came up behind Taulia Tagovailoa and produced a defensive TD to thwart the game.

Next up: vs. Rutgers

8.Wisconsin (6-5)

Last week: in Nebraska, W 15-14

It was far from a smooth or happy week for the Badgers as the program dealt with the tragic death of former teammate Devin Chandler. Much of the game against Nebraska was a tough game for Wisconsin as well. Luckily, Jim Leonhard’s team rallied for an exciting road win. And in doing so, the Badgers may have won the full-time head coaching gig for Leonhard.

Next up: against Minnesota

7 Illinois (7-4)

Last week: in Michigan, L 19-17

Bret Bielema’s side had a shot. After a 14-point 3. In the fourth quarter — courtesy of Chase Brown’s TD runs — Illinois had a chance to lean on its defense on the road against Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, Michigan’s offense — without Blake Corum — made enough plays to put Jake Moody within reach for some key field goals. Bielema is also hoping for more clarity after some “frustrating” flags from officials.

Next: at Northwestern

6. Puree (7-4)

Last week: to the northwest, W 17-9

Nothing is easy or pretty at B1G West. In the first half, Purdue extended his lead with TDs on Charlie Jones and Payne Durham. After the break, the Boilermakers pulled off a win without star freshman Devin Mockobee, who was early in the game. Now Purdue needs a win against Indiana and some help to reach Indianapolis, but the Boilermakers did their part in Week 12.

Next up: in Indiana

5.Minnesota (7-4)

Last week: vs. Iowa, L 13-10

This one stands out, and not just because Saturday marked the 8th loss in a row against Iowa. No, this one stands out because Mohamed Ibrahim set a new career high with 263 rushing yards in the loss. Playing without Tanner Morgan, Ibrahim literally almost carried the Golden Gophers to a win against one of the most stingy defenses in the country. Unfortunately, the keyword there is “almost”.

Next up: in Wisconsin

4th Iowa (7-4)

Last week: in Minnesota, W 13-10

Where’s Jack Campbell when you need him? Come up with huge takeaways, including an amazing interception and return that should have been classed as a pick-6 against the Gophers. Fortunately, it still stood as an interception and eventually led to the Hawkeyes’ game-winning field goal. Now Iowa is the only team that has its own destiny in the B1G West and will reach Indy with a win in Week 13.

Next: against Nebraska

3 Pennsylvania (9-2)

Last week: at Rutgers, W 55-10

Penn State’s run through the second-tier B1G teams continues, and the Nittany Lions will look to end a 10-win regular season against Michigan State next week. Something to watch out for this week is Parker Washington’s status. The star recipient did not make the Week 12 trip, and James Franklin announced he will be speaking on Washington’s status on Tuesday.

Next up: vs. Michigan State

2.Michigan (11-0)

Last week: vs. Illinois, W 19-17

That was close. The Wolverines had avoided the nail biter all season, but a spirited effort from Illinois was no joke. Now Michigan can turn its attention to The Game and all that matters right now is 11-0. Injury concerns are mounting and all eyes will be on the status of Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards this week.

Next: in the state of Ohio

1. Ohio State (11-0)

Last week: in Maryland, W 43-30

Week 12 is often a week of excitement and close quarters, and this one was no different for the Buckeyes. Maryland produced a surprisingly strong defense in the first half, and Ohio State had to turn to true freshman Dallan Hayden in the second half. Hayden and the Buckeyes responded, setting up the colossal showdown against Michigan with a shot at revenge.

Next: against Michigan