Slowly but surely, the B1G is making its way up to the SEC.

The conference with the nation’s top two teams earned another bump in ESPN’s power rankings. And once again, the B1G rose more than any other conference.

A 3.5-point jump still has the B1G at fourth, thanks largely in part to Ohio State and Michigan State. Power-Five losses from Illinois, Nebraska and Purdue hurt the conference’s FPI, but because of the top-heavy makeup of the B1G, it isn’t as effected by those losses.

The rankings are based on this formula:

“…The Conference Power Rankings are a formula that equally weighs the rankings from the Associated Press poll and ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) to determine the best and worst conferences in the country. The AP Poll is designed to capture the strength at the top of the conference, while FPI is intended to capture conference depth.”

Here’s how the Power Five conference rankings stand after Week 3:

  1. SEC — Rating: 93.1 (+0.7)
  2. Big 12 — Rating: 88.6 (+2.4)
  3. Pac-12 — Rating: 81.0 (0)
  4. Big Ten — Rating: 73.7 (+3.5)
  5. ACC — Rating: 61.6 (-4.2)