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Where is the Big Ten in our Week Three conference power rankings?

Last weekend we saw a lot of major upsets that really determined the landscape of college football, as far where each conference stands as a national power. Some conferences, like the SEC and Pac-12, really made statements about being the top-two elite conferences in FBS college football by putting it all out there on the football field last Saturday. Other conferences, like the Big Ten and Big East, looked measly in comparison to how the nation of college football used to recognize the two entities as national powers—or at least as conferences with major football clout.

Here are the Week Three college football conference power rankings as tabulated by Spartan Avenue’s writing staff…

Current Rank

Conference

Last Week’s Rank

1

SEC

1

2

Pac-12

3

3

Big 12

4

4

ACC

5

5

Big Ten

2

6

Conference USA

8

7

Independents

6

8

Big East

7

9

Sun Belt

9

10

Mid-American

10

11

Mountain West

11

12

WAC

12

This week I only want to delve into how awful the Big Ten was in Week Two. Teams like Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State were able to handle business and pull out wins with very large point-margins; however, several teams struggled against inferior opponents and others, Wisconsin and Nebraska, were upset altogether.

Michigan struggled to put away the Air Force Academy, narrowly making it alive by a winning point-margin of six. The Wolverines struggled against Air Force’s triple option attack and the Maize n’ Blue displayed really terrible defense as a whole.

Wisconsin traveled to Corvallis to take on the Beavers of Oregon State, but found itself in a trap game that led to an awful result. The Badgers lost 10-7, as you probably have heard by now.

Equally as disappointing as the Badgers were the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but at least the Big Red were able to put a ton of points on the board against UCLA during its road trip to the west coast.

All in all, I have heard way too much this week about how the Big Ten is deteriorating as a conference and that it’s only hope to reclaim national prominence this season is if the Michigan State Spartans go full-boar and win the Rose Bowl as an undefeated program. I’ve heard this from talking heads at ESPN, CBS Sports and from Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. I disagree with this notion about Michigan State being the last hope for the conference to save face with the nation of college football, but I’ll leave that argument idle for another day.

As I always like to say, we’ll see…

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