Penn State can’t quite take over no. 1

Just when you think nothing is going to happen in a particular college football week, some stuff seems to pop up out of nowhere. There were some notable developments around the top 25 in Week 3 of the college football season, but things in the Big Ten went pretty much as expected, for the most part.

Overall, it was a pretty stable week for my power rankings. The biggest team on the move for me may have been Michigan State, which got hammered at home by Washington. I fear there will be more big losses on the way for the Spartans, so they could be falling hard and fast if they don’t rebound and rally in East Lansing.

If there was a week for Michigan to be dethroned, this was it. But Penn State didn’t quite do enough in my book to warrant sliding ahead of the Wolverines just yet. I did, however, opt to keep them ahead of Ohio State for a second striaght week even though Ohio State woke up the offense this week.

Here is a look at my updated Big Ten power rankings following the results of Week 3.

Northwestern (1-2)

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Last game: Duke 38, Northwestern 14

Northwestern returned to the losing column in Week 3 with a loss at Duke. Duke is off to a good start this season, so we knew this would be difficult for the Wildcats. There is still nowhere to go but up for the Wildcats.

Previous ranking: 14

Next up for Northwestern: vs. Minnesota

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Last game: Louisville 21, Indiana 14

Previous ranking: 13

Indiana dug a hole early against Louisville in Indianapolis, but they battled back. Unfortunately, they couldn’t complete the comeback and came up short against their ACC opponent. Indiana gets one more non-conference matchup to play next week.

Next up for Indiana: vs. Akron

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Last game: Nebraska 35, Northern Illinois 11

Previous ranking: 12

Nebraska won its first game under new head coach Matt Rhule. A new starting quarterback may have helped the cause, but so did simply playing in front of the home fans against its…

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