Big Ten Conference Power Rankings: Week 3

Ohio State remains No. 1 in the latest power rankings

Tim Grattan
September 19, 2018 - 12:11 am

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- Week 3 of the college football season didn't go well for the Big Ten Conference.

With half of the conference losing, the power rankings for this week had some changes for the bottom teams. 
 

  1. Ohio State (3-0, 1-0) – The Buckeyes trailed 21-13 with 10:43 left to go in the third quarter against TCU. However, OSU rallied to score 20 points in the third quarter to pull out a 40-28 win at AT&T Stadium. Dwayne Haskins threw for 344 yards against a tough and quick Horned Frogs defense. 
  2. Penn State (3-0, 0-0) –Trace McSorley had five total touchdowns -- two passing, three rushing – as the Nittany Lions rolled Kent State at home. Penn State’s defense held the Golden Flashes to 41 yards on the ground. Penn State opens Big Ten Conference play at Illinois on Friday night.  
  3. Iowa (3-0, 0-0) –The Hawkeyes had a total of 545 yards against Northern Iowa at home. Quarterback Nate Stanley was 23-of-38 passing for 309 yards and threw for two touchdowns against an undersized Panthers defense. Iowa welcomes No. 18 Wisconsin to Iowa City for a Big Ten West Division showdown at 8:30 p.m. 
  4. Michigan (2-1, 0-0) –Shea Patterson went 14-of-18 passing with 237 yards and threw for three touchdowns as the Wolverines had no problems with SMU at home. Michigan welcomes Nebraska to Ann Arbor for its Big Ten Conference opener at noon. 
  5. Wisconsin (2-1, 0-0) –The Badgers were 21-point favorites at home against BYU. However, the Cougars walked into Camp Randall Stadium and defeated Wisconsin by a last-second field goal. The Badgers had their first nonconference home loss since 2003. Wisconsin travels to Iowa for a primetime matchup to start Big Ten play.
  6. Michigan State (1-1, 0-0) –The Spartans are still recovering from losing to Herm Edwards and Arizona State on their bye week. 
  7. Minnesota (3-0, 0-0) –Freshman Bryce Williams rushed for 141 yards in the Golden Gophers’ 26-3 win over Miami (Ohio). Minnesota travels to Maryland on Saturday. 
  8. Indiana (3-0, 0-0) –The Hoosiers are 3-0 for only the second time in a decade and are halfway to being bowl eligible.
  9. Illinois (2-1, 0-0) –Losing to South Florida, who’s one of the more respected Group of Five programs, isn’t that bad. The Fighting Illini’s defense gave up 18 points to the Bulls in the fourth quarter. 
  10. Nebraska (0-2, 0-0) –Without freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, the Cornhuskers will start a season 0-2 for the first time since 1957. Year one might be a struggle Scott Frost’s first season at Nebraska
  11. Maryland (2-1, 0-0) –The Terrapins were outplayed by a winless Temple team coming into College Park. Well, it was a 35-14 blowout loss for Maryland. I guess the Terrapins only show up when they Texas
  12. Purdue (0-3, 0-0) --Quarterback David Blough threw for 572 yards, and three touchdowns were the lone bright spot in the Boilermakers’ 40-37 loss to Missouri. 
  13. Northwestern (1-2, 1-0) –Blowing a 21-3 lead at halftime to Akron isn’t what I call a good thing. The Zips outscored the Wildcats 36-13 in the second half to earn their first win over a Big Ten program since ’94 -- 1894 to be exact. Akron defeated Ohio State, 12-7 with John Heisman as the coach. 
  14. Rutgers (1-2, 0-0) --Losing to Kansas in football is, well, wrong. The Scarlet Knights were outplayed and outcoached by the worst football program from a Power Five Conference.