Four Big Ten teams make AP Poll: Buckeyes No. 2
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Wisconsin came in at No. 13, while Illinois is No. 20 and Penn State is No. 22. Both Michigan and Michigan State also received votes.
It's important to reiterate that the voting took place before Aug. 1, but the poll shapes up mostly as expected. I had the Buckeyes at No. 3 behind both Georgia and Florida in our ESPN.com preseason Power Rankings, but our votes were due back in July. If the ballots were collected today, I'd have Ohio State at No. 1, followed by Georgia, Oklahoma, USC and Florida.
Wisconsin could be a spot or two lower, and Illinois and Penn State are somewhat interchangeable and could fall anywhere between Nos. 18-23. It was good to see the media vote on merit rather than tradition and leave Michigan out of the preseason poll. If the Wolverines beat Utah in Week 1, they might have a case. Same goes for Michigan State if it beats Cal on the road.
As ESPN.com's former non-BCS guy, I was disappointed to see BYU as the only entry in the poll. The Cougars are better than No. 16 in my view, and Fresno State also deserves to be included. Utah is just outside the poll along with Fresno State, about where the Utes should be. South Florida is a little high in my book, and I would swap Clemson and Texas at Nos. 9 and 11.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State