Welcome to the third edition of the Big Ten (+ Nebraska) Power Rankings.
While Week 3 didn't have the star power matchups or high-profile games of Week 2, it still included several very intriguing OOC games, including four teams against the vaunted Pac-10, which provided better competition and allowed for more questions to be answered as we get closer to conference play.
Before we begin, here's a little reminder on how these rankings were chosen. By and large, I rank the teams based on how the team in question played the previous week and how good the opponent is/was perceived to be. Was there a complete team effort for a full 60 minutes? Did they look good in a loss (or bad in a win)? Was it a road game? Was the opponent a layup? These are the most important factors. Preseason expectations are thrown out the window. What this means, of course, is that the rankings for the first few weeks won't correlate with the expectations of the teams. Minor things such as suspensions or injuries may also be factored into rankings but their overall impact will probably be minimal. Unfortunately, this method of ranking is not an exact science, since I'm unable to watch all 12 teams play in any given week, but hopefully that's not too apparently reflected in the rankings (hah).
Week 3 had its ups and downs--some teams looked very strong while others looked weak. The rankings are getting a little more concrete, but as we see in the rankings, big wins and hard losses can still make a big difference.