1. Ohio State (3-0)

Last week (No. 1): beat Oklahoma 45-24. This week: Idle.

Questions anyone? Not after the Buckeyes went to Oklahoma and physically dominated. Urban Meyer was right in July when he said there was a lot to like about OSU.

2. Michigan St. (2-0)

Last week (No. 5): beat Notre Dame 36-28. This week: Wisconsin, Noon (Big Ten Network)

Michigan State welcomed Notre Dame back to Big Ten schedules after a recent break with a thorough thumping. Few predicted the Spartans to win. Nobody expected them to score 36 straight points.


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3. Michigan (3-0)

Last week (No. 2): beat Colorado 45-28. This week: Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Not even Jim Harbaugh is so smart to avoid a bad week of practice. The Wolverines took a mental break last week and nearly paid a high price for it. Special teams again were spectacular, flipping the momentum from Colorado.

4. Wisconsin (3-0)

Last week (No. 4): beat Georgia State 23-17. This week: at Michigan State, Noon (BTN)

Defensive captain Vince Biegel couldn't keep quiet after the Badgers fell behind Georgia State in the fourth quarter. "I expressed some things. I kind of jumped on our defense to give us a spark."


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5. Nebraska (3-0)

Last week (No. 6): beat Oregon 35-32. This week: at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

I'm getting a lot of emails from Husker fans acting like all problems are solved. Not yet. Saturday was a blast and a valuable victory, but the road back to relevancy still has bumps.

6. Iowa (2-1)

Last week (No. 3): lost to North Dakota State 23-21. This week: at Rutgers, Noon (ESPN2)

Iowa lost a game, but coach Kirk Ferentz remains undefeated in contract negotiations over A.D. Gary Barta. Wonder how that new deal running 10 years out with a massive buyout is going over in Hawkland this week?

7. Indiana (2-0)

Last week (No. 7): Idle. This week: Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. (BTN)

New starting quarterback Richard Lagow has coach Kevin Wilson smiling. After two games, the 6-foot-6 Lagow has completed 65 percent of his passes with no interceptions.

8. Penn State (2-1)

Last week (No. 8): beat Temple 34-27. This week: at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

The Nittany Lions allowed 27.3 points a game against three nonconference opponents, none known as offensive juggernauts. Now PSU faces Michigan, which has scored 63, 51 and 45 points.

9. Minnesota (2-0)

Last week (No. 9): Idle. This week: Colorado State, Noon (ESPNU)

An early open date with such a young roster was a good thing. The Gophers have 13 seniors. Only three schools play fewer.


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10. Maryland (3-0)

Last week (No. 10): beat Central Florida 30-24, 2OT. This week: Idle

Last year, the Terps finished 126th in turnover margin, throwing a national-worst 29 interceptions. This year in three games: zero fumbles lost, zero interceptions.

11. Northwestern (1-2)

Last week (No. 14): beat Duke 24-13. This week: Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

The Wildcats finally got a victory, with quarterback Clayton Thorson throwing for 320 yards. But he completed 46 percent of his passes and was sacked five times. So the offensive line woes continue.

12. Rutgers (2-1)

Last week (No. 12): beat New Mexico 37-28. This week: Iowa, Noon (ESPN2)

For the third straight week, Rutgers fell behind big early. But the Scarlet Knights hung 37 points on a Kevin Cosgrove-coached defense to rally for the win.


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13. Illinois (1-2)

Last week (No. 11): lost to Western Michigan 34-10. This week: Idle

Looking for a statistic that tells the story from the loss to Western Michigan? Try rushing yards: Western Michigan 287, Illinois 3.

14. Purdue (1-1)

Last week (No. 13): Idle. This week: Nevada, Noon (ESPNews)

As if the Boilermakers don't have enough concerns, there is worry about tailback Markell Jones' recovery from a left shoulder strain suffered two weeks ago.