MSU paces 5 B1G teams on ESPN's Post-Signing Day Poll

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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?’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.

14. Wisconsin

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.

19. Iowa

Iowa’s recruiting efforts look a lot like its on-field product: nothing flashy but yet surprisingly productive. Read more.

21. Michigan

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.


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Ben on 2/11/2014 @ 7:00am EDT Said:

Same 5 teams in the top 25 for basketball…

Hawkeyes13 on 2/12/2014 @ 9:21am EDT Said:

Nice surprise to see Iowa. I honestly thought Illinois and Minnesota had a big recruiting year too.

Rob K on 2/12/2014 @ 9:42am EDT Said:

I don’t understand this list…Iowa’s recruiting class was ranked 60th and Nebraska was ranked 32 one spot behind Michigan and one ahead of Wisconsin.

David kerns on 2/12/2014 @ 11:10am EDT Said:

Got to be an espn rankings because Ohio Ohio state is ranked below Michigan state and every other recruiting service has them ranked higher tired of espn not knowing what they are doing

Gary L. Hale on 2/12/2014 @ 4:08pm EDT Said:

This is a ranking of best teams for next year not best recruiting. Big ten sucked as a conference in recruiting…again. I can name 10 teams that are better than Michigan State starting next year. You never rank a team that loses players, based on the previous year. Its all a huge guess.

don on 2/12/2014 @ 10:04pm EDT Said:

this is a joke schlaback does not have clue

MSU#1-Rose Bowl Win, B1G Champs! 13-1! 42 wins in 4 years! on 2/15/2014 @ 1:25pm EDT Said:

gary L is a wal-marter. Stop crying because MSU is light years ahead of UofM! lol
MSU will be a top 10 team all year in 2014!