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BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 3

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PURDUE PURDUE PURDUE

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What an underwhelming week of football! Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin rolled, while Michigan and Iowa struggled. And look at Purdue! The Boilers are making football fun.

Some teams start Big Ten play this week. Some don’t. I don’t really understand it either. Let’s get to it.

1. Penn State

The Nittany Lions are coming into Iowa City with all the momentum in the world after a 56-0 win over Georgia State. Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley are going to be tough for the Iowa defense to slow down.

2. Wisconsin

The Badgers are really, really good. Alex Hornibrook is looking like one of the best quarterbacks in the conference following his performance against BYU.

3. Michigan

The Wolverines really did not look good against Air Force. I’m not so sure that Wilton Speight is the answer at QB. Purdue-Michigan this weekend is going to be WILD.

4. Ohio State

J.T. Barrett looked like he’s calmed down a bit this week, but I’m still not totally sold on the Buckeyes.

5. Iowa

Iowa hasn’t looked great this year, but I think the bones are there for a solid Big Ten season. Akrum Wadley is going to have to be healthy if we want any chance of beating Penn State this week.

6. Purdue

Lookie here, the Boilers are doing big things. I actually love their chances against Michigan this week.

7. Michigan State

Sparty had a bye, so I’m not going to rank them any higher.

8. Maryland

Maryland had a bye, so I’m not going to rank them any higher.

9. Minnesota

The Gophers are crushing the run game, albeit to inferior competition. It’s going to take conference play to see how good this Minnesota team really is.

10. Indiana

The Hoosiers had to cancel their game this week against FIU, so they fell a couple spots due to stagnancy.

11. Northwestern

Northwestern finally looked decent against Bowling Green, but I’m still not thinking the Wildcats pose any sort of threat this year.

12. Nebraska

Oh boy. Nebraska, man. You’re really doing the dang thing, aren’t you?

13. Rutgers

Rutgers had a big win.

14. Illinois

We’re not going to write about Illinois. You’re welcome.