Big Ten Football: Ranking the Teams After Week 3

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Big Ten Football: Ranking the Teams After Week 3
Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis, left, filled in as head coach after Bo Pelini was taken to the hospital after the first half of Nebraska's 42-13 victory over Arkansas State.

Another week, another loss for the Big Ten conference.

Had it not been for Ohio State's late-game heroics vs. a not-so-great Cal squad, the Big Ten would have no respectable undefeated team left.

As it stands, the Buckeyes are still without a loss.

That's better than what can be said for Michigan State, as the Spartans looked downright pedestrian at home against Notre Dame.

Northwestern is the only team in the conference that played three opponents from other BCS conferences to start the season. Their record: 3-0. I don't care that the teams were Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College. The Wildcats are undefeated.

Michigan overwhelmed an FCS foe; Iowa pulled away late after finally finding some offense; Wisconsin relied on luck; Nebraska and Purdue beat inferior opponents into the ground, and Indiana did what we all expected: lost.

Finally, oh finally, Penn State has a number besides a zero in the win column.

There are now three undefeated teams in the conference. Fun fact: Every BCS conference except the Big Ten has had at least one conference game played.

The Big Ten won't begin conference play for two weeks.

On to the list!

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