Welcome back to another week at the disappointment ranch, where the best teams keep losing. Or alternatively, the best teams keep on winning in such an unimpressive fashion that the poll rankings drop in precipitous fashion. Yes, it is the Big Ten weekly power rankings for Week 3!
Although the day started off much better than a weekend ago with nine wins in the nine afternoon games, the rug was pulled out in a big way in the evening games. Indiana lost to Ball State once again, raising questions about the program's depth without Tre Roberson. Wisconsin needed Utah State to miss a chip-shot field goal at the end of the game to avoid losing at home.
And in the most important game of the day, another Michigan school (this time MSU) was crushed thoroughly on Saturday Night Football, this time by Notre Dame. With Notre Dame officially joining the ACC and vowing to protect all non-Big Ten rivalry games earlier in the week, this was the proverbial cherry on top of the sundae of awful.
After three weeks of non-conference play, the conference has been battered in most big games. Even the remaining undefeated teams have serious questions, led by Minnesota with another starting quarterback out to injury for multiple weeks. Michigan carried the banner in Week 1 and failed, Nebraska did the same in Week 2 and failed and Michigan State fell flat with the banner in Week 3.
Now there's a new standard-bearer...and Prince is proud to lead us to the surprising conclusion. Let's take a spin in the Little Red Corvette as we look forward to the least exciting week of non-conference play, the final one before the real interesting games begin.