Despite finishing the year with a 6-6 record and punching their ticket to a bowl game, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were still unable to crack the latest BlogPoll Top 25 after 12 weeks of play.
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.