Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 3

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Sep 12, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) congratulates linebacker Darron Lee (43) after he forced a fumble by the Hawaii Warriors at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Michigan State – No. 1 Ohio State

You probably thought that since we are a Michigan State fan site that we would choose the Spartans as our No. 1 team in this week’s power rankings after a huge win against No. 7 Oregon at home. Not so fast.

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The Spartans looked good in the victory over the Ducks, controlling the game throughout, but only winning 31-28. If the Spartans want to move into first place in the power rankings, though, they will either need to beat the Buckeyes or Ohio State must lose before their Nov. 21 matchup. It’s difficult to move the reigning national champs out of first place when they haven’t lost.

Connor Cook looked decent in the victory, but the real MVPs of the game were Madre London, L.J. Scott and every member of the offense and defensive trenches. Putting pressure on Vernon Adams was key and the running backs combined for about 200 yards.

No surprise here yet again as Ohio State is our top team until stated otherwise. The Buckeyes put a beat down on Hawaii, to no one’s surprise, by a score of 38-0.

Besides the obvious fact that the defense was solid, holding the Rainbow Warriors to zero points and just 165 total yards, the Buckeyes’ offense was solid once again.

Ezekiel Elliott rank for over 100 yards, Cardal Jones passed for just over 100 yards in limited time and Michael Thomas had five catches for 52 yards. Braxton Miller added two catches for 16 as the Buckeyes remain the top team in college football.

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