College football rankings: Big Ten struggles, Kansas shines

If you have been advised that Duke, Kentucky and Kansas have been all 3–0, you would possibly assume that it’s mid-November and basketballs are flying into hoops.

Oh, however no! The Blue Devils, Wildcats and Jayhawks are a mixed 9–0 within the sport of football. Indiana is 3–0, too, and so is Syracuse, Maryland, Tulane and Rutgers! It’s a smorgasbord of not-so-football faculties taking part in effectively in football, and it is an incredible factor for the game. In truth, two of those groups meet subsequent week, when the Dukies journey to Lawrence, Kansas.

Meanwhile, the tremendous convention that’s the Big Ten took it on the chin in a couple of non-conference bouts. The Orange beat Purdue, Washington drubbed Michigan State, Oklahoma pounded Nebraska and FCS Southern Illinois shocked Northwestern, plus the Hoosiers wanted additional time to beat Western Kentucky. The Salukis grew to become the primary FCS group to get a win over the Power 5 this yr, and so they walked away with a $550,000 assure verify, too.

Speaking of underdogs, the Green Wave acquired to three–0 by profitable at Kansas State, and the Pac-12 acquired two wins over top-25 groups on the identical day for the primary time since… 2013! That’s a stat to have fun and marvel at if you happen to’re out West (it speaks to the convention’s decade-long disappointments within the sport).

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