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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 3

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The Badgers are climbing.

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The Big Ten continues to be pretty impressive outside of, well, Northwestern. The second week was little tougher than the first, especially for the two teams in the state of Illinois, but just a few hours northwest of Evanston, the Badgers are making a statement.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: @ No. 14 Oklahoma
AVERAGE RANK: 1.3

Ohio State continues to impress with an aggressive secondary and powerful offense. Oklahoma this weekend will be the first true test for the young Buckeyes.
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1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: vs. Colorado
AVERAGE RANK: 1.7

Jim Harbaugh announced that he’s never eaten his own boogers, the biggest headline this week after another Wolverine blowout win.
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2 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: vs. Georgia State
AVERAGE RANK: 3.3

The Badgers continue their ascension in the poll after putting up 54 points this past weekend.

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3 4 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 3

4

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: vs. North Dakota State
AVERAGE RANK: 4.2

The Hawkeyes dominated their in-state “rival” Iowa State, and the running game looks as impressive as ever.

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4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5

5

Michigan State

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 3: @ No. 18 Notre Dame
AVERAGE RANK: 4.6

The Spartans got the week off after an ugly Week 1 win and fell in the rankings in the process.
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5 5 6 3 5 5 4 4 5 4

6

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: vs. No. 22 Oregon
AVERAGE RANK: 5.9

We will find out a lot about Mike Riley’s squad when it hosts Oregon in a later afternoon clash with Oregon.
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6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

7

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: bye
AVERAGE RANK: 7.3

The Gophers are 2-0 and put up 58 points last week. Remember when Northwestern embarrassed them last year?
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7 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 8

8

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 1-1 || Week 3: vs. Temple
AVERAGE RANK: 8.0

The Nittany Lions struggle to stop the run, but that offense is really exciting with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley.
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8 7 9 8 8 8 8 9 8 7

9

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: bye
AVERAGE RANK: 9.0

The Hoosiers ended their losing streak to Ball State (yes, that was a thing) and faces Wake Forest this weekend.
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9 10 8 11 9 9 9 7 9 9

10

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 1-1 || Week 3: vs. Western Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 10.3

The Illini lost to North Carolina 48-23 this year. They lost 48-14 last year. Progress!!!
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11 11 11 9 10 10 10 10 10 11

11

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 2-0 || Week 3: @ Central Florida
AVERAGE RANK: 10.9

The Terrapins have actually looked like a competent football team against some very bad competition.
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10 9 10 12 12 11 12 11 12 10

12

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 0-2 || Week 3: vs. Duke
AVERAGE RANK: 12.3

Not last! (yet)
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14 14 14 10 11 12 11 14 11 12

T-13

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 1-1 || Week 3: bye
AVERAGE RANK: 13.1

A writer at Purdue SB Nation site Hammer & Rails wrote a very good article entitled "Death Visualized.” It was about the football team.
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13 13 13 14 13 13 13 12 13 14

T-13

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 1-1 || Week 3: vs. New Mexico
AVERAGE RANK: 13.1

New Mexico travels to Piscataway for a noon kickoff this weekend. If Rutgers wins, it’s because of the body clocks.
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12 12 12 13 14 14 14 13 14 13