Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; The Michigan State Spartans celebrate after beating the Air Force Falcons at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Week three of the college football season is in the books as we are now a quarter-way through the 2015 regular season. It’s still tough to tell which teams are going to be contenders in conference play, but we now have a better idea of who won’t even have a shot.

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There were plenty of close games in week four around the college football landscape and many happened with Big Ten football teams as well. Top teams from around the country went down in surprise upsets this week, such as Alabama and USC at home, while others were able to fend off upsets despite poor play — Ohio State and Michigan State.

Half of the Big Ten was in danger of losing at some point this past weekend, but as a conference it finished 10-3 on the week, a solid number, with one of those losses coming from a league matchup between Penn State and Rutgers.

Conference play has already started for two teams with the rest about to join that action within the next two weeks.

It’s hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from being halfway through the season and in the bulk of the schedule in which a handful of top teams will be playing each other and rivalries will be taking place.

Plenty of interesting college football-like things happened in week three and it’s time to move forward and take a look at the Big Ten football power rankings after this quarter-point in the year.

Do we have a new No. 1?

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