Four Big Ten teams in ESPN's Top 25 college football rankings

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Four Big Ten teams in ESPN's Top 25 college football rankings

ESPN Senior Writer Mark Schlabach released his college football “Way Too Early Top 25” rankings today.

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Four Big Ten teams appear in Schlabach’s rankings, with Michigan headlining the list at No. 3.

“In between his Twitter wars with other coaches, recruiting extravaganzas and spring break trips, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is quickly building a playoff contender,” Schlabach says of the Wolverines.

Ohio State also appears in Schlabach’s top 10, coming in at No. 9 overall in the rankings.

“The NFL draft was probably a celebration and sobering reality check for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer,” he says. “Ohio State set a record by having 12 players selected in the first four rounds of the draft. Clearly the Buckeyes have plenty of work to do if they’re going to be in position for the CFB Playoff this coming fall.”

Michigan State comes in at No. 15 on the list, while Iowa appears at No. 23.

Here is a look at Schlabach’s rankings.

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Michigan
4. Florida State
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Stanford
8. Notre Dame
9. Ohio State
10. Tennessee
11. USC
12. Georgia
13. Ole Miss
14. Oklahoma State
15. Michigan State
16. Washington
17. Houston
18. North Carolina
19. Oregon
20. TCU
21. Texas A&M
22. UCLA
23. Iowa
24. Miami
25. Louisville

Others to consider: Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin

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