Because everyone gobbles up those way-too-early top 25 polls the day after the college football season ends, there’s such a thing as post-Signing Day top 25s. There can never be enough college football coverage, right? ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach recently released his post-Signing Day Top 25, and it includes five Big Ten teams.
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Schlabach’s top two Big Ten teams are no surprise. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Game champ Michigan State leads the way at No. 4, while Ohio State comes in at No. 7. The other three teams: No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 19 Iowa and No. 21 Michigan.
Here’s what Schlabach said about the Big Ten teams.
4. Michigan State
The Spartans carried their momentum from a 13-1 finish, Big Ten championship and 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio to secure what is widely regarded as the Big Ten’s fourth-best recruiting class. Read more.
7. Ohio State
Urban Meyer wanted to transform Ohio State’s football team with SEC-like speed, and he dipped into Florida, Georgia and Texas in his most recent recruiting class to try to do it. Read more.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen’s first full recruiting class looked a lot like the Badgers’ recruiting efforts of the past. The class is heavy on linemen, which is where Wisconsin likes to win football games. Read more.
Iowa’s recruiting efforts look a lot like its on-field product: nothing flashy but yet surprisingly productive. Read more.
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke, who is trying to regain momentum after a disappointing 7-6 finish in 2013, signed a smaller recruiting class that wasn’t as highly ranked as his previous two. Read more.