SI puts four Big Ten teams in preseason top 25

ESPN released its preseason Top 25 Power Rankings on Tuesday, and it was SI’s turn Wednesday. Like ESPN’s list, four Big Ten teams land on SI’s preseason top 25, and it’s the same teams, in the same order: Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. See where all the Big Ten teams land in this post.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4: Ohio State

“As Urban Meyer enters his third season at Ohio State, his SEC-style front four should bull-rush the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff. Tackles Michael Bennett, a 6’2″, 288-pound senior, and Adolphus Washington, a 6’4″, 288-pound junior, fit new line coach Larry Johnson’s preference for leaner bodies and explosive hips over sloppy gap stuffers.” Read full Ohio State preview.

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6: Michigan State

“For Michigan State to repeat as conference champs, the offense must catch up with its defense. Junior quarterback Connor Cook proved his big-game mettle in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl, and he’ll have almost all of his top targets back, including senior receiver Tony Lippett (44 catches, 613 yards) and second-year tight end Josiah Price (17 for 210).” Read full Michigan State preview.

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No. 15: Wisconsin

“Melvin Gordon watched the Heisman Trophy ceremony last year and envisioned having his own front-row seat. To reach that perch, he’s set his sights on a big number — 2,000 yards. “It’s definitely a goal I want to reach,” Gordon says. The entire Badgers roster should share the desire.” Read full Wisconsin preview.

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Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 24: Nebraska

“Nebraska will look to pound opponents behind its stable of running backs, led by star senior Ameer Abdullah. The 5’9”, 195-pound jitterbug rushed for a Big Ten-best 1,690 yards with nine touchdowns last season. There’s no fear of wearing him out.” Read full Nebraska preview.

See SI’s full top 25.

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bigtengrad on 8/13/2014 @ 12:36pm EDT Said:

I don’t dislike Wisconsin, but I don’t see how they are the #15 team in the nation. They return 11 starters? The defense is decimated. Their leading receiver had 10 catches? They don’t have a proven QB? You can only ride Melvin for so long.

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