The Gophers joined Michigan State, Wisconsin and Purdue as the four bowl-eligible schools from the conference to wind up without a single vote in this week's rankings. While the Penn State Nittany Lions fell just outside the top 25 with only a handful of selections, four schools including Ohio State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan were each recognized by voters in Week 13.
After capping off an undefeated season with a narrow win over Michigan, Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes were once again the highest-ranked team from the conference by snagging the No. 6 spot this week. The Buckeyes moved up one slot after their latest win, but will not be able to play this postseason due to ill-timed NCAA sanctions. Despite losing to all three of the other top 25 teams aside from the Buckeyes, Jerry Kill's Gophers were outscored 90-17 Ohio State over the last two meetings and would have been no match for the Buckeyes this season.