Twitter: The Big Ten's best team in 2012

If you missed it Thursday, the highly anticipated and always criticized USA Today preseason top 25 poll was released. Four Big Ten teams made the cut, led by No. 8 Michigan. Also ranked: No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 Michigan State and No. 16 Nebraska. While the coaches think Michigan is the Big Ten’s top team entering the 2012 season, senior writer Tom Dienhart writes Michigan State should be ranked the highest. And I think it should be back-to-back Big Ten champ Wisconsin.

That’s three answers from three sources. And if talented Ohio State was eligible to be in the poll, it would confuse things even more. So, Big Ten fans, who do you think is the the Big Ten’s best team this year? Forget about the polls, we’re talking about the best team, the one that will be hoisting the trophy in Indianapolis come December.

I went to Twitter to search for the answer, and here are some of the responses I received:

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James on 8/3/2012 @ 4:17pm EDT Said:

No way MSU will the best in the Big Ten. Although MSU will have a good defense their offense may put them in some difficult situations this year with an unproven QB and WR. Bell will need some help if MSU even has a shot and he is no Monte Ball after all Bell was shut down against Michigan’s D last year. I think MSU has hit their plateau last year especially losing Cousins, Martin, Cunningham and Baker (all key players on offense).

Michigan I think has a good shot, despite losing Martin, Van Bergen, and Heininger, at winning along with Wisconsin. Remember Michigan’s offense is basically intact from last year and this will be Year 2 under Hoke and Mattison for the D, so other players will definitely be seasoned and ready to play. If I had to guess Michigan and Wisconsin will play in the Big Ten Championship. Sorry Tom.

Doug on 8/3/2012 @ 7:12pm EDT Said:

MSU will be in the title game against wisky, with MSU winning this time. M lost 3 d-line starters who overachieved all year. they will have a porous defense. sorry James

Terence on 8/4/2012 @ 11:21am EDT Said:

James, you just said yourself that MSU has an “unproven” QB and WRs. That does not at all mean that they will not be effective. That simply means that we have not seen them perform during crunch time. We can’t assume that just because they are new, they can’t compete with other B1G teams. Maxwell has been in the system for three years while working with most of the receivers for the past two. Thats a lot of reps between them all, so by taking their skill level and experience with each other….I don’t see any reason to assume failure. In regards to Bell…with an experienced and deep O-line, he should have all the pieces to have a great season. MSU seems to have all the pieces to compete for the B1G Championship this year: top-notch defense, strong O-line, powerful run game, talented QB and WRs, and a great coaching staff. I look forward to a great year for the B1G conference.

Doug on 8/4/2012 @ 4:25pm EDT Said:

Well said Terence. While MSU doesn’t have experienced WR’s and QB, it’s not like they don’t have a ton of talent. Maxwell and the offense will shine.