There's A New #1 In Town: MSU & The Big Ten In The Rankings This Week

Paynes Leads #1 MSU - Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

After an impressive win by MSU last week against Kentucky, the Spartans have jumped up to #1 in the rankings. How did the rest of the Big Ten fare?

After a pretty good week for the Big Ten, the performance has been reflected in the polls coming out this week.  The only ranked team in the Big Ten to lose last week was Michigan as they went down to Iowa State.  MSU recorded a win over Kentucky, OSU beat Marquette, and Wisconsin beat Florida.  Things are looking good for the B1G right now.  Here are how the Big Ten teams fared in the Week 3 rankings:

AP Poll:

  • #1 - Michigan State
  • #8 - Ohio State
  • #12 - Wisconsin
  • #14 - Michigan
  • Receiving Votes: Iowa, Indiana
  • #1 - Michigan State
  • #8 - Ohio State
  • #13 - Michigan
  • #15 - Wisconsin
  • #22 - Indiana
  • #25 - Iowa
  • Receiving Votes: None

The other thing worth mentioning is the comparison between the Big Ten and the other conferences.  Right now, the Big Ten is doing the best in the polls Here are how the conferences fared:

  • AAC - 3 teams ranked
  • ACC - 3 teams ranked
  • B1G - 4 & 6 teams ranked
  • Big East - 2 & 1 team(s) ranked
  • Big 12 - 4 & 3 teams
  • Pac 12 - 3 teams
  • SEC - 2 teams
What is perhaps the most interesting is the underwhelming play of the ACC so far this season.  They were projected by many to be the nation's strongest conference after adding 3 teams in the offseason.  However, they trail the Big Ten and Big 12 in teams ranked although they are even with the two conferences in number of Top 10 teams.

Here are the full AP rankings:
Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State 3-0 1,608 2
2 Kansas 2-0 1,523 5
3 Louisville 3-0 1,511 3
4 Kentucky 3-1 1,410 1
5 Arizona 3-0 1,339 6
6 Duke 2-1 1,320 4
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1,198 8
8 Ohio State 3-0 1,172 10
9 Syracuse 3-0 1,135 9
10 VCU 3-0 928 14
11 Memphis 1-0 871 13
12 Wisconsin 3-0 763 20
13 Gonzaga 3-0 710 15
14 Wichita State 4-0 705 16
14 Michigan 2-1 705 7
16 Florida 2-1 619 11
17 Oregon 2-0 613 18
18 Connecticut 4-0 600 19
19 New Mexico 2-0 353 22
20 Baylor 3-0 342 23
21 Iowa State 3-0 296 21
22 UCLA 2-0 291 24
23 Creighton 3-0 246 26
24 North Carolina 2-1 213 12
25 Marquette 2-1 144 17
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