Recapping the Big Ten position rankings
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Another round of Big Ten position rankings are in the books.
While I enjoy doing these and many of you read them and offer your opinions, let me remind everyone that preseason predictions are educated guesses, nothing more. Just take a look at some of my misguided musings from the preseason last year.
- Iowa ranked dead last in running backs and Doak Walker Award winner Shonn Greene didn't appear in the top 10 individuals.
- Penn State's Jared Odrick didn't make the top 10 defensive tackles heading into the season.
- Ohio State's offensive line topped my list last year but turned into a major disappointment for the Buckeyes.
So don't take things too seriously.
That said, I'm much more informed about the league and its personnel right now than I was a year ago. There should be fewer swings and misses with these rankings.
Here's how things ended up and the top three teams for each category.Defensive line -- Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa
Linebackers -- Penn State, Iowa, Michigan State
Secondary -- Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State
Running backs -- Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan
Quarterbacks -- Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State
Offensive line -- Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Wide receivers/tight ends -- Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State
Special teams -- Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State