Big Ten Week 3 power rankings: Hawkeyes flop, Spartans make a statement Matthew Holst/Getty Images
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback C.J. Beathard #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes falls after a bad snap during the third quarter against the North Dakota State Bisons on September 17, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

It was a good week for the Big Ten… except for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes fell, at home, to FCS power North Dakota State, and while that loss is not your typical defeat at the hands of an undermanned FCS opponent, it’s still a bad loss. As such, Kirk Ferentz’s group dropped a bit in the pecking order, especially as the rest of the conference performed quite well.

Ohio State was dominant in toppling Oklahoma, Michigan State was highly impressive in knocking off Notre Dame on the road and even Nebraska toppled Oregon in relatively impressive fashion. Elsewhere, Michigan responded with a strong effort over Colorado and Penn State picked up a much needed win. With that in mind, here are this week’s power rankings.

Be gentle.

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 3 (last week’s rank in parentheses)

  1. Ohio State (↔)
  2. Michigan (↔)
  3. Michigan State (↑ 2)
  4. Wisconsin (↓ 1)
  5. Nebraska (↑ 1)
  6. Iowa (↓ 2)
  7. Penn State (↔)
  8. Minnesota (↔)
  9. Indiana (↔)
  10. Maryland (↑ 1)
  11. Rutgers (↑ 3)
  12. Northwestern (↔)
  13. Illinois (↓ 3)
  14. Purdue (↓ 1)
Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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