Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 Big Ten East Power Ratings

Michigan and Ohio State have looked very impressive during the first two weeks of the 2016 season and are clearly separating themselves as the top two teams in the Big Ten East once again.

Big Ten East Power Ratings:  Week 3

No. 1 Michigan Wolverines

DTCR:  51% (+1%)

Week 3:  Sorry guys but this isn't just hype driven by the four channel sports network.  Michigan is a very good football team and are currently playing both sides of the ball like a national title contender.  It also seems like Big Blue has identified their quarterback in Wilton Speight, who despite having his first ever collegiate pass attempt intercepted has rebounded to throw seven touchdowns and zero interceptions since.

No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes

DTCR:  43% (+1%) 

Week 3:  Ohio State got a taste of Oklahoma a week early as they hosted the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa one week before they make their journey to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.  Ohio State shut down the Tulsa offense and rolled to 48 points on offense for the cake walk victory.  We should learn even more about the Bucks in Week 3 as OU should give them a tough test on home soil.

No. 3 Michigan State Spartans

DTCR:  6% (No Change)

Week 3:  The Spartans were idle last weekend as they prep for their Week 3 collision with the FIghting Irish under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night.  State was less than impressive in their home opening 28-13 victory over Furman, but they should be 100% focused and ready to give their best to Notre Dame.  I am confident Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio will have his troops fired up and ready for the Irish.

No. 4 Penn State

DTCR:  0% (-1%)

Week 3:  Penn State showed a little bit this weekend in their 42-39 at the hands of instate rival Pitt at Heinz Field.  The Lions are not going to be your typical Penn State football team.  Gone are the days of boring offensive play and solid defense.  In are the days of an explosive offense and a questionable defense.  Give credit to Penn State for making the game close and actually putting themselves in a situation where, had a major brain fart not occurred, they should have completed the comeback to at least force OT.  Despite the mind boggling interception to all but end the game, Penn State did get 332-yard passing performance from sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley.

No. 5 Indiana

DTCR:  0% (-1%)

Week 3:  I know the box score only shows a 10-point victory over Ball State when you open your morning paper...I mean sports app, but IU clearly was rolling before Ball State added 17 fourth quarter points to make the game appear closer than it actually was.  Richard Lagow is the new man in Bloomington and the Hoosier offense doesn't appear to be slowing down as he finished Week 2 17-of-27 for 266 yards and three touchdowns.  Despite their win the Hoosiers drop their DTCR score down to 0% for the simple fact that they are just simply not in the same league as Michigan and Ohio State and will not contend for the East even if they were to pull off a dream season.

No. 6 Maryland

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 3:  I am starting to think Maryland is going to be sneaky good this year and Minnesota will have their hands full when they arrive in College Park one month from today.  During Week 2 the Terps made a Friday night appearance in Miami and put a beat down on Florida International.  I know Maryland is 2-0 and those victories have come against Howard and FIU, but something tells me Maryland will be fighting for bowl positioning this year instead of just eligibility.

No. 7 Rutgers

DTCR:  0% (No Change)

Week 3:  Yes, I know Rutgers was able to hang 52 points on Howard Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway in a 52-14 blowout victory over the Bison. However, for those of us who were keeping an eye on the game from the start can tell you, this was a 14-14 game at the half and many were figuring how Howard could possibly hang with the Scarlet Knights.  They didn't hang for a second longer than 30 minutes as Rutgers outscored Howard 38-0 in the second half.  Rutgers will be tested in Week 3 as New Mexico makes the trip to New Jersey.

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories