Big Ten power rankings Week 3: How shakeup at the top impacts Penn State Football

Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Penn State Football made easy work of Ball State, ahead of a massive showdown against Auburn, but where do the Nittany Lions stand in this week’s Big Ten power rankings?

The second week of the college football season was another wild one.

Four ranked teams lost, and a few others were on the ropes against inferior opponents for the majority of their games.

The most notable win, and loss, of the weekend both came in the Big Ten, as Iowa got the job done on the road at Iowa State and Ohio State shockingly fell at home to Oregon.

Ohio State was one of only two Big Ten teams to fall this weekend, marking a very successful week for the conference.

With that said, let’s get into our Big Ten power rankings heading into week three.

807. . 1-2 (1-0). Previous: 13th. Fighting Illini . 14. team

The good vibes from Illinois’ week zero win over Nebraska are very much gone.

The Fighting Illini were blown out by Virginia 42-14 on Saturday, marking their second straight loss. Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong ripped the Illinoi secondary to shreds, passing for 405 yards and five touchdowns.

Artur Sitkowski started again at quarterback for the injured Brandon Peters, and it did  not go as well as the past two games. He completed just 53% of his passes for 221 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Barring any drastic changes over the next couple of weeks, it looks like Illinois next chance at a win will come Oct. 2 against Charlotte, the only game they are favored in the rest of the season.

This was expected to be a rebuilding year in Champaign, and it’s sure looking that way.