Iowa moves up in Big Ten power rankings

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Iowa's Drew Ott takes down Indiana running back Tevin Coleman during their game at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Iowa is climbing the Big Ten Network's football power rankings -- slow and steady, just the way coach Kirk Ferentz likes it.

The Hawkeyes jumped from fifth to fourth in BTN writer Tom Dienhart's latest rankings, thanks to Iowa's win over Indiana and Northwestern's loss to Minnesota.

Northwestern plummeted from fourth to ninth.

Iowa started the started third in the BTN rating but had fallen to 10th after losing to Iowa State.

"The Hawkeyes' showed offensive ability unseen all season vs. Indiana's shaky defense," Dienhart wrote. "Will Jake Rudock's showing quell the quarterback debate?"

Iowa plays at Maryland on Saturday. If you believe the BTN power rankings, then you're probably confident that the Hawkeyes will improve to 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten. Maryland ranks eighth on the BTN list.

But if you go by Las Vegas analysis, then maybe you're a little concerned. Maryland is listed as a 3 1/2-point favorite.