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Friday, May 18, 2012
Five Big Ten teams in Schlabach's top 25

By Brian Bennett

Four Big Ten teams made colleague Mark Schlabach's post-spring top 25, led by the Michigan Wolverines.

Schlabach ranks LSU No. 1, followed by USC. Michigan's opening opponent, Alabama, is ranked third.

The Wolverines cracked his top 10 at No. 9. Michigan State is two rungs lower at No. 11. Adam and I have the Spartans ahead of Michigan in our power rankings, but I expect the Wolverines to be ranked higher in most polls to start the year coming off an 11-2 season and Sugar Bowl crown.

Defending league champion Wisconsin is ranked No. 15, with Ohio State 17th. The Buckeyes will be one of the most interesting teams to follow in the preseason rankings. They are coming off a woeful 6-7 season but do have new head coach Urban Meyer and a lot of young talent.

Nebraska completes the Big Ten presence in Schlabach's countdown at No. 24. That's lower than a lot of people are slating the Huskers this season, though I could see them starting the year anywhere in the bottom half of the top 25.

What do you think? Should Penn State or another Big Ten team be ranked? Who's too high or too low?