Ranking the Big Ten Football Programs

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This is the 22nd post in our 25-part Super Squad Series, recognizing the best programs over the last three years in every single Division I FBS & FCS Conference, as well as the upperclassmen & staff who’ve anchored them.

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Below: Full updated rankings after last week‘s rundown of the Big 12 Football programs.

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Super Squad Rating is a proprietary score-value that is best-perceived as scaling with a program’s deserved amount of public attention.

About Super Squad Rating

Super Squad Ratings range 0-100, heavily-weighed toward zero. A 100.0 rating is only achievable for a team that finishes #1 in College Football all three years, with a 100+ power rating each year. The top three 2020 Super Squads rate in at 78, 57, and 47, respectively.

Best thought of as a notoriety score:
“How many normal people out of 100 should recognize this program’s success the last three years?”

EXAMPLE
Consider an SSR (Super Squad Rating) of 78 to abstractly mean that program deserves 78% of Americans’ attention.
Conversely a program with a 1.1 SSR would be worth the attention of only 11 out of 1,000 Americans.


Congratulations Ohio State Buckeyes for being our Big Ten Football 2020 Super Squad Champions! Kudos to your entire program, especially the 62 young men who were on the roster each of these three years – 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 – listed here:

CONGRATULATIONS Jeff Okudah, Chase Young, J.K. Dobbins, Damon Arnette, Demario McCall, Jordan Fuller, Baron Browning, Sevyn Banks, Jashon Cornell, Binjimen Victor, Amir Riep, Austin Mack, Rashod Berry, Tyreke Johnson, K.J. Hill, Jaylen Harris, Jonathon Cooper, Dallas Gant, Pete Werner, Marcus Williamson, Jahsen Wint, Shaun Wade, Amari McMahon, Dominic DiMaccio, Kevin Dever, Tuf Borland, Master Teague III, Mitch Rossi, Derrick Malone, Malik Harrison, Bradley Robinson, Justin Hilliard, Liam McCullough, Nathan Brock, Antwuan Jackson, Wyatt Davis, Davon Hamilton, Jerron Cage, Matthew Jones, Aaron Cox, Zaid Hamdan, Joshua Alabi, Gavin Cupp, Brandon Pahl, Kevin Woidke, Phillip Thomas, Robert Landers, Noah Donald, Josh Myers, Tommy Togiai, Max Wray, Thayer Munford, Branden Bowen, C.J. Saunders, Jake Hausmann, Brock Davin, Ellijah Gardiner, Luke Farrell, Drue Chrisman, Haskell Garrett, Jake Metzer, Blake Haubeil.

Before getting too into their record of recent dominance, let’s count down their Big Ten runners-up, from worst to first:


14th

#185 Rutgers Scarlet Knights

3.1 Super Squad Rating

Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo

Record:

7-29 Overall
3-24 Big Ten

Average Power:

41.6

Yearly Finish:

#155, #173, #208


13th

#149 Illinois Fighting Illini

3.9 SSR

Illinois Fighting Illini logo

Record:

12-25 Overall
6-21 Big Ten

Average Power:

47.3

Yearly Finish:

#185, #141, #113


12th

#104 Maryland Terrapins

5.3 SSR

Maryland Terrapins logo

Record:

12-24 Overall
6-21 Big Ten

Average Power:

54.3

Yearly Finish:

#107, #69, #151


11th

#83 Nebraska Cornhuskers

6.2 SSR

Nebraska Cornhuskers logo

Record:

13-23 Overall
9-18 Big Ten

Average Power:

57.5

Yearly Finish:

#106, #64, #92


10th

#70 Indiana Hoosiers

7.3 SSR

Indiana Hoosiers logo

Record:

18-19 Overall
9-18 Big Ten

Average Power:

60.6

Yearly Finish:

#67, #73, #68


9th

#66 Purdue Boilermakers

7.5 SSR

Purdue Boilermakers logo

Record:

17-21 Overall
12-15 Big Ten

Average Power:

61.2

Yearly Finish:

#56, #39, #121


8th

#58 Northwestern Wildcats

8.2 SSR

Northwestern Wildcats logo

Record:

22-17 Overall
16-11 Big Ten

Average Power:

63.0

Yearly Finish:

#38, #26, #152


7th

#48 Minnesota Golden Gophers

8.8 SSR

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo

Record:

23-15 Overall
12-15 Big Ten

Average Power:

64.4

Yearly Finish:

#117, #45, #24


6th

#33 Michigan State Spartans

10.7 SSR

Michigan State logo

Record:

24-15 Overall
16-11 Big Ten

Average Power:

67.8

Yearly Finish:

#20, #51, #57


5th

#15 Michigan Wolverines

16.5 SSR

Michigan Wolverines logo

Record:

27-12 Overall
19-8 Big Ten

Average Power:

74.6

Yearly Finish:

#42, #8, #20


4th

#13 Iowa Hawkeyes

17.9 SSR

Iowa Hawkeyes logo

Record:

27-12 Overall
15-12 Big Ten

Average Power:

76.4

Yearly Finish:

#21, #15, #19


3rd

#12 Wisconsin Badgers

19.5 SSR

Wisconsin Badgers logo

Record:

31-10 Overall
21-6 Big Ten

Average Power:

79.0

Yearly Finish:

#8, #36, #12


2nd

[Top 10] Penn State Nittany Lions

23.5 SSR

Penn State Nittany Lions logo

Record:

31-8 Overall
20-7 Big Ten

Average Power:

81.1

Yearly Finish:

#6, #19, #13


WINNER

[Top 10] Ohio State Buckeyes

45.3 Super Squad Rating

Ohio State Buckeyes logo

Record:

38-4 Overall
25-2 Big Ten

Average Power:

90.0

Yearly Finish:

#4, #5, #3

With a playoff appearance, two bowl victories, three Big Ten Titles and three Top 5 finishes, Ohio State hosts not only the best Big Ten program in recent memory, but one of the top programs in College Football.

Congratulations all Buckeye coaches, staff, administrators, players, and especially the 62 young men present on the roster all three years to earn this title!

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Super Squad Rankings

These are our up-to-date Division I Super Squad rankings after this week’s announced winner. Follow along as each Sunday we fill in more teams and announce our next Super Squad!

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