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Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 3

Week 2 of the season is over with and we’ll spare you the bellyaching and rehashing of what was one of the most disappointing weekends of football in most of our lifetimes.

So, this collection of amazing writers had a terrible time coming up with this week’s power rankings. Let’s give this group some recognition:

Andy Coppens – Big Ten OT & MadTownBadgers (@AndyOnFootball & @MTBadgers)
Kevin McGuire – Nittany Lions Den (@KevinOnCFB & @TheNLD)
Paul Dalen – CornNation (@paul_dalen & @CornNation)
Ross – Black Heart Gold Pants (@RossWB and @BHGP)
Joshua Henschke – Maize ‘N Brew (@JoshuaHenschke)
Phillip Rossman-Reich – Lake The Posts (@RiseNU & @LakeThePosts)
Kevin Recio – On the Banks (@OTB_SBNation & @KevRecio)
Ken Kohl – The Buckeye Battlecry (@The_BBC)
Andy – The Daily Gopher (@yorka1982 & @TheDailyGopher)
Hondo Carpenter – Spartan Nation (@HondoCarpenter)
Dave Fitzgerald – Big Ten OT (@BuckeyeFitzy)

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Observations:

– Michigan State’s loss didn’t cost them any first place votes. Three weeks, three straight sweeps for first place votes. It says a lot about the respect the Spartans are getting and the seriously awful weekend the Big Ten East had in general. What will be interesting to see is how things shape up once the Big Ten slate hits for Michigan State.

– Wisconsin moves back up to first place thanks to an impressive second half against Western Illinois and a near miss by both Iowa and Nebraska. Minnesota getting a first place vote over Wisconsin was a bit surprising, but such is the craziness that is the Big Ten in 2014.

– Indiana didn’t make much of a move in the Big Ten East thanks to a bye week. Personally, I found it interesting considering the Hoosiers are one of only three teams still without a loss and they did it by running for over 450 yards against an FCS opponent. That’s a total most Big Ten teams would’ve been envious of this past week (even the ones playing FCS opponents).

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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