Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bill Cubit (center) talks to his team during a timeout against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue has spent its fair share of time in the cellar of the Big Ten over the past few years and after a blowout loss at home to Virginia Tech, it doesn’t look like it will be leaving any time soon.

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Austin Appleby struggled mightily against the Hokies’ strong defense, completing just 9-of-28 passes for 110 yards and two picks. The Boilermakers’ defense struggled as well, giving up over 450 total yards to an average offense.

Rutgers has been an absolute dumpster fire over the past month as there have been a handful of players who’ve been kicked off the team, star receiver Leonte Carroo is suspended and head coach Kyle Flood is also suspended for defying the university’s ethics code.

The Scarlet Knights were completely shut down by the Nittany Lions in week three, losing their first conference game of the season, 28-3.

I’m going to be honest here. At the beginning of the year, after the whole controversy with the firing of Tim Beckman, I thought Illinois would crumble and struggle to even finish with three wins all season. The Fighting Illini already have two and suffered their first loss in week three.

North Carolina stuck it to Illinois, but the Fighting Illini still had a solid game while running the ball as Josh Ferguson finished with over 100 yards.

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