It was not just bad news for the Big Ten on Saturday.
On a day when Big Ten members Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin each lost double-digit outsiders at home – and Rutgers in Kansas by, ahem, 41 points – Ohio State lost what was left of the League's reputation.
Michigan lost to Notre Dame. Penn State needed OT to beat Appalachian State. And Wisconsin lost to BYU. Well, Ohio State, the Big Ten playoff hopes are on you.
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The Buckeyes, without coach Urban Meyer for the third game in a row (his suspension ended after Saturday's game), came from behind to stun TCU 40-28 on the road in Arlington, Texas. The title non-conference road victory could mean a little in November when the College Football Playoff Selection Committee selects the teams for the coveted four places.
The Buckeyes were not the only Big Ten teams to play well for the league on a very bad day. Penn State missed Kent State 63-10 and Michigan rolled SMU 45-20 as both of these teams seem to have returned their seasons in the right direction.
As a result, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan were among the big creators of this week's power rankings.
Remember, power rankings are about how you look and who you play every week. Forget the work or the brand name. These rankings are dropping with topicality.
Here are the rankings after week 3:
Week 3 result: Defeat Ole Miss 62-7
What's next: against Texas A & M (Saturday, TBD)
Alabama sees his head and shoulders better than anyone else and becomes the first SEC team to score 50 or more points in their first three games. The Crimson Tide led in the half-time at Ole Miss on Saturday night with 49:07, the second highest value in the first half against an SEC opponent (they had 52 against Vanderbilt in 1990). The Tide scored seven of their first nine possessions against the rebels, who were unfit for Nick Saban's most explosive offensive against Alabama.
2. Ohio State
Week 3 result: Defeated TCU 40-28
What's next: against Tulane (Saturday, TBD)
The Buckeyes could not have wished better for coach Urban Meyer's three-game suspension than to come from behind to beat the Horned Frogs at a neutral spot in Texas. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins passed his first major test and completed 24 of 38 passes for 344 yards with two touchdowns.
Week 3 result: Defeat Middle Tennessee State 49-7
What's next: in Missouri (Saturday, 12 pm ET, ESPN)
Georgia's rebuilt defense looked better in a Blue Raiders defeat that only had 288 yards offensive with 14 first downs. The UGA second division Mark Webb and William Poole could limit the MTSU to only 130 yards. It could get a tough sample of quarterback Drew Lock in Missouri next week.
Week 3 result: Defeat Georgia Southern 38-7
What's next: in Georgia Tech (Saturday, 15.30 ET, ABC)
Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence played the entire second half after starter Kelly Bryant had suffered a bruised chest in the first half. Lawrence was pretty sharp and completed 12 of 19 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Week 3 result: Defeat Iowa State 37-27
What's next: against army (Saturday, 19.00 ET)
In their first game without Star Stubback Rodney Anderson, who suffered a season-end knee injury last week, the Sooners stacked 519 yards offensive in a road victory in their Big 12 opener. Quarterback Kyler Murray carried a lot of the load, throwing for 328 yards with three touchdowns and ran for 77 yards in 15 transfers.
Week 3 result: Defeat UC Davis 30-10
What's next: in Oregon (Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC)
Excluding Heisman Trophy challenger Bryce Love, who missed the game due to an unnamed injury, the Cardinal played his final warm-up ahead of the Pac-12 North showdown in Oregon next week.
Week 3 result: Defeat Auburn 22-21
What's next: against Louisiana Tech (Saturday, 19.00 ET)
Quarterback Joe Burrow is not conspicuous, but he showed a lot of brains when he led the Tigers to victory over Auburn on the road. He threw Derrick Dillon a 71-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and then led the LSU in a late comeback to score Cole Tracy's 42-yard field goal in the final game.
8. West Virginia
Week 3 result: Game canceled against NC State
What's next: against Kansas State (Saturday, 15.30 ET)
Hurricane Florence forced the Mountaineers to cancel their scheduled street game on Saturday at NC State, depriving them of the chance to win a second Nonconference victory over a Power 5 program. There are no plans to reschedule the game at the moment.
9. Penn State
Week 3 result: Defeat Kent State 63-10
What's next: in Illinois (Friday, 9:00 pm ET, FS1)
Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns (two passing and three rushing) and set the school career record with 24 rushing touchdowns in a defeat of the Golden Lightning. After Pennsylvania Appalachian State had to work overtime in their opening match, Penn State won the last two games with a total score of 114-16.
10. State of Mississippi
Week 3 result: Defeat Louisiana 56-10
What's next: in Kentucky (Saturday, 7:00 pm ET)
Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had a touchdown and three hits in the first half against the Ragin Cajuns. He only became the third player in SEC history with at least 35 touchdowns both rushing and over. Heiman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida (2006-09) and former Bulldogs star Dak Prescott (2012-15) were the others.
11. Notre Dame
Week 3 result: Defeat Vanderbilt 22-17
What's next: in the Wake Forest (Saturday, 12 pm ET, ABC)
The Fighting Irish drew 3-0 after barely holding the Commodores. Notre Dame offensive stagnated in the second half and scored 19 points in the first three games after the break. The Irish have an average of just 3.9 yards per game after half of this season.
12. Virginia Tech
Week 3 result: Game against East Carolina canceled
What's next: in Old Dominion (Saturday, 15.30 ET, CBSSN)
East Carolina canceled its planned Virginia Tech road game over Hurricane Florence and spent the weekend in Orlando, Florida. The teams are unlikely to be able to make it because of scheduling conflicts.
Week 3 result: Lost in LSU 22-21
What's next: against Arkansas (Saturday, TBD)
The Tigers scored an 11-point lead on Saturday in the second half of their 1-0 loss to LSU, who had a double-digit lead for the third time in their last 32 games. The Tigers lost a 20-0 lead in a 27-23 loss to LSU in 2017.
Week 3 result: Defeat Utah 21-7
What's next: against Arizona State (Saturday, 10:30 ET, ESPN)
The huskies are still not firing on all cylinders without the All-American Lines beating Trey Adams, who misses a back injury. They still had enough production to clinch an impressive road victory in Utah, with Myles Gaskin scoring 143 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Jake Browning pitching for a touchdown and running for another. Washington's defense continues to play well, keeping the Uts offensive at 261 yards and forcing three wins.
Week 3 result: Defeat San Jose State 35-22
What's next: against Stanford (Saturday, 20:00 ET, ABC)
The ducks were not particularly keen in their last nonconference game, but they still moved to 3-0 in the Pac-12 direction. Oregon struggled to establish his running game, and quarterback Justin Herbert completed only 16 of 34 passes with two interceptions. But he threw three more touchdown passes and gave him twelve this season.
Week 3 result: Lost to Ohio State 40-28
What's next: in Texas (Saturday, 4:30 pm ET, Fox)
The Horned Frogs had too many self-inflicted wounds to defeat a team as good as Ohio State. Quarterback Shawn Robinson was dismissed and fumbled in the end zone, which the Buckeyes recovered for their first touchdown. He also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a 28-yard touchdown by defensive lineman Dre & # 39; Mont Jones. A blocked punt formed the third touchdown of the OSU in the third quarter.
Week 3 result: Defeat SMU 45-20
What's next: against Nebraska (Saturday, 12 pm ET)
The Wolverines were dodged for a second week in a row by over-compressed opponents, but coach Jim Harbaugh can not be impressed with his team's mental mistakes. The Wolverines committed 13 penalties for 137 yards. Quarterback Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes for the second week; Donovan Peoples-Jones caught each of them and adjusted the touchdown total for Michigan receivers throughout 2017.
Week 3 result: Lost at BYU 24-21
What's next: in Iowa (Saturday, 8.30 pm ET, Fox)
The Badgers fell at home on the Cougars, who were 23-point outsiders and had defeated an AP top 10 opponent just once on the road – 1984 in Pittsburgh. Wisconsin started slowly in each of his first two games, and the Badgers seem to be wrong.
Week 3 result: Game against North Carolina canceled
What's next: against FAU (Friday, 19.00 ET, ESPN)
The Game of the Knights in North Carolina was canceled because of Hurricane Florence. Given the way Florida, FSU and Miami have played so far this season, UCF and FAU could play for Sunshine State on Friday night.
20. Oklahoma State
Week 3 result: Defeat Boise State 44-21
What's next: against Texas Tech (Saturday, 19:00 ET)
The Pokes got an impressive nonconference victory over the Broncos with their – gasp! – impressive defense. The Cowboys dismiss quarterback board Brett Rypien seven times, having been sacked only six times in the last four games combined from last season. Defensive end Jordan Brailford had three sacks, defensive end Jarrell Owens had two and linebacker Devin Harper had 1½.
Week 3 result: Defeat New Hampshire 45-14
What's next: against UCLA (September 28, 9 pm ET, FS1)
The defense of Colorado has flexed his muscles in one stroke of an FCS opponent, limiting New Hampshire to 42 yards and forcing three sales with five sacks. The buffaloes are 3-0 for the second season and receive a free time before opening Pac-12 play against the 0-3 Bruins.
22. Texas A & M
Week 3 result: Defeat Louisiana-Monroe 48-10
What's next: in Alabama (Saturday, 15.30 ET)
The Aggies recovered from their discouraging loss to Clemson by mining the Warhawks on Saturday night. Quarterback Kellen Moon went for 210 yards and a TD, and ran for two points, and he'll have to be better when the Aggies travel to Alabama next week. Texas A & M was against the then No. 1 Alabama last year, 27-19 at home.
Week 3 result: Defeat Toledo 49-24
What's next: vs FIU (Saturday, 15.30 ET)
Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier gained much needed self-confidence by surviving two touchdowns and winning three more rounds without turning over the Rockets. Outstanding safety Jaquan Johnson pulled his right thigh muscles and did not play in the second half.
Week 3 results: Defeat Northern Iowa 38-14
What's next: against Wisconsin (Saturday, 19:30 ET, Fox)
The nonconference schedule of the Hawkeyes was not very demanding, but the team's defensive performance has been impressive so far. Iowa put together 126 yards in their first three games, including six against an FCS opponent on Saturday. In fact, Iowa has given up only 25 yards in its last two games together. The Hawkeyes may get a tougher test against Wisconsin next week Jonathan Taylor.
Week 3 result: Defeat USC 37-14
What's next: against TCU (Saturday, 16:30 ET, Fox)
If the Longhorns return to national prominence, perhaps Todd Orlando & # 39; s defense needs to show the way. And that is exactly what the unit did on Saturday night for the Trojans, holding them down to five yards in 16 attempts. It was the lowest total of the USC since it had minus 20 yards against Arizona in 1999.