Five Big Ten teams land on ESPN’s College Football Live’s 2012 preseason top 25, and each will be featured on a segment of the show at 3:30 p.m. ET in the coming weeks. Ohio State’s turn came Monday (watch it here), while Nebraska and Wisconsin are up Thursday and Friday, respectively. See where the five teams are ranked in this post.
BIG TEN TEAMS RANKED
No. 10 Michigan
No. 12 Michigan State
No. 16 Wisconsin
No. 17 Nebraska
No. 20 Ohio State (Watch segment)
Ranked too high: Nebraska – The Huskers lost a lot on defense, and on offense, it’s all going to come down to how well Taylor Martinez throws the ball. If history is any indication, he won’t be among the Big Ten’s elite passers. Any improvement would be huge, though, because workhorse RB Rex Burkhead can’t be expected to do it all himself.
Ranked too low: Wisconsin – While Russell Wilson is gone, all-world RB Montee Ball is back and Jared Abbrederis could turn into the Big Ten’s top pass-catcher. In other words, the offense will continue to churn. Also, there’s this: Michigan State and Ohio State, two of the toughest dates on the schedule, visit Camp Randall. There’s the silver lining to last season’s heartbreaking regular-season defeats.