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B1G Power Rankings: Week 3

A look at the state of the conference after three games.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

These were a lot more fun to write when Rutgers wasn't near the bottom. le sigh

1. Ohio State

The champs looked mortal against Northern Illinois, allowing the Huskies to stay in this game way too long. They're still number 1, but more performances like last week's will allow Michigan State to further narrow the gap. The Buckeyes are also dealing with QB controversy (just like us!), as Meyer benched Cardale Jones for throwing two picks (not like us - Laviano is the man unless and until his arm falls off, apparently). Up Next: Western Michigan

2. Michigan State

Sparty has the best resume through three games of anyone in the conference, still living high off their primetime win against Oregon, and handling Air Force ably last week. Sparty has Central Michigan next.

3. Iowa

The Hawkeyes are 3-0 and took out a good Pitt team 27-24 this weekend with a field goal at the buzzer. They look pretty solid in all facets of the game, and should be a force in the West. The Hawkeyes take on North Texas next.

4. Northwestern

I'm starting to believe in the Wildcats. They beat a good Duke team last week, showing their week 1 win against Stanford wasn't a fluke. Ball State is next.

5. Wisconsin

The Badgers are rumbling at 2-1, after beating hapless Troy 28-3. starting RB and Jersey native Corey Clement is out with an injury, but the Badgers still dominated on the ground, rushing for 199 yards. The Badgers have Hawaii next.

6. Minnesota

Very good defense, offense mediocre. They only put up 10 points on Kent State (Illinois put up 52 on the same team in week 1). Next up: Ohio

7. Michigan

The Fightin' Harbaughs pounded UNLV 28-7, riding the dominant run game to victory. Their defense also looked very solid. Michigan has a tough matchup with BYU this weekend in Ann Arbor.

8. Nebraska

This team is seconds and inches from being 3-0. Instead, they are 1-2, after losing to Miami in overtime. The Huskers put up 23 points in the fourth quarter against the Hurricanes, but fell short in OT. Up next: Southern Miss.

9. Penn State

Took advantage of Rutgers in chaos, and put up a dominant home win they desperately needed. We desperately needed the win too - and didn't get it. HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE

10. Indiana

Indiana is 3-0, but hasn't looked very impressive in getting there. They won a close game against Western Kentucky last week, and look to be in good shape for bowl contention. Wake Forest is next on the road.

11. Maryland

Switched QBs and beat USF. 4 TDs and 3 INTs (that's what they call a "balanced" offense in College Park). 2-1, but still not looking great. West Virginia in Morgantown is an important test this week.

12. Illinois

The Illini were absolutely destroyed by UNC in Chapel Hill 48-14 (and the last Illinois TD was in garbage time). That took the bloom off a promising 2-0 start in which they beat a couple patsies. Middle Tennessee is next.

13. Rutgers

You watched the game. Enough said. Kansas this week. Be in the stadium early, rowdy and ready to go.

14. Purdue

Suffered a beating at the hands of Virginia Tech, 51-24, and have looked hapless all season. Bowling Green is next.