SiriusXM Big Ten Radio’s Power Rankings – Week 8

Here’s how the SXM Big Ten Radio team voted to shape this week’s edition of the “Power Rankings” after week eight of the 2022 season.

Pete Pistone
October 24, 2022

Rutgers won against Indiana (Photo: Big Ten)

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Here’s how the SXM Big Ten Radio team voted to shape this week’s edition of the “Power Rankings” after week eight of the 2022 season.


C.J. Stroud overcame a slow start to throw four second-half touchdown passes, Ohio State’s defense took advantage of six Iowa turnovers and the second-ranked Buckeyes pulled away for a 54-10 rout of the Hawkeyes on Saturday. Miyan Williams rushed for a first-half touchdown, and Stroud threw to Marvin Harrison, Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming and Mitch Rossi for second-half touchdowns.

NEXT: At Penn State on Saturday


The Wolverines were on a bye week.

NEXT: Home versus Michigan State Saturday night.


The Fighting Illini had a bye week.

NEXT: At Nebraska on Saturday.


Sean Clifford threw four touchdown passes, Penn State’s defense forced seven punts and the No. 16 Nittany Lions beat Minnesota 45-17 on Saturday night. Clifford threw darts over the middle to tight ends Tyler Warren and Theo Johnson on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter to put Penn State up for good. The rout was on when he lofted a deep ball to Parker Washington for a 35-yard score on Penn State’s first possession of the second half.

NEXT: Home versus Ohio State on Saturday


Roman Hemby ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns, including a sensational 75-yard sprint with 3:22 remaining that gave Maryland a 31-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The Terrapins overcame the absence of standout quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who aggravated a knee sprain last weekend. This is the earliest they’ve become bowl eligible since 2001, when they did it on Oct. 11.

NEXT: The Terrapins have a bye week


Graham Mertz threw for two touchdowns, Braelon Allen rushed for 113 yards and a score and Wisconsin defeated Purdue 35-24 on Saturday. John Torchio had two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown for the Badgers, who rebounded from a 34-28 double overtime loss at Michigan State.

NEXT: The Badgers have a bye week


The Boilermakers lost to Wisconsin 35-24 last Saturday.

NEXT: The Boilermakers have a bye week


The Golden Gophers lost on the road to Penn State 45-17 last Saturday in Happy Valley.

NEXT: Home versus Rutgers on Saturday


The Cornhuskers had a bye week.

NEXT: Home versus Illinois on Saturday


The Spartans had a bye week.

NEXT: At Michigan on Saturday night

  1. IOWA 

The Hawkeyes lost on the road to Ohio State 54-10.

NEXT: Home versus Northwestern on Saturday


Samuel Brown V had a career-high 101 yards rushing and a touchdown and Noah Vedral threw for 113 yards and a touchdown as Rutgers rallied past Indiana 24-17 on Saturday. Rutgers snapped a 21-game conference home losing streak, last winning a conference home game in 2017 against Maryland.

NEXT: At Minnesota on Saturday


The Hoosiers lost on the road to Rutgers by a score of 24-17.

NEXT: The Hoosiers have a bye week


The Wildcats had a bye week.

NEXT: At Iowa on Saturday