Colleague Mark Schlabach has published a new Top 25, taking into account what went down during spring practices around the country. Four Big Ten teams make the rundown, starting with Ohio State at No. 3.
Of the Buckeyes, Schlabach writes: "If the Buckeyes can survive road trips at Wisconsin on Oct. 16 and at Iowa on Nov. 20, they should win their seventh consecutive Big Ten title."
Schlabach continues to favor Wisconsin ahead of Iowa, putting the Badgers at No. 9 and Iowa at No. 11. He notes that Wisconsin might have one of the Big Ten's most explosive offenses, as quarterback Scott Tolzien and running back John Clay both return.
Of Iowa, he writes: "If Iowa can rebuild its offensive line, and if quarterback Ricky Stanzi can cut down on the mistakes that plagued him at times last season, it might be good enough to unseat Ohio State as Big Ten champion. ... With tackle Karl Klug emerging as a dominant force this spring, the Hawkeyes might have the best defensive line in the country."
Penn State rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 23, as Schlabach cites concerns at both quarterback and offensive line.