Big Ten: top 25

How we voted in latest ESPN.com Top 25

September, 10, 2012
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Adam and I don't vote in the Associated Press Top 25, but we do turn in ballots every week for the ESPN.com power rankings. Here's how we voted this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Oregon
5. Florida State
6. Georgia
7. West Virginia
8. Oklahoma
9. Michigan State
10. Clemson
11. Kansas State
12. Ohio State
13. South Carolina
14. Virginia Tech
15. TCU
16. Texas
17. Florida
18. Michigan
19. Louisville
20. UCLA
21. Notre Dame
22. Tennessee
23. Arizona
24. Ohio
25. BYU

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Oregon
5. Florida State
6. Georgia
7. West Virginia
8. Michigan State
9. Clemson
10. Oklahoma
11. Kansas State
12. South Carolina
13. Ohio State
14. Texas
15. Michigan
16. Virginia Tech
17. TCU
18. UCLA
19. Notre Dame
20. Louisville
21. Tennessee
22. Ohio
23. Florida
24. Arizona
25. BYU

Not a ton of difference here, as our top seven teams are identical. (Great minds think alike). I'm a just a wee bit higher on Michigan State, while Adam has Ohio State a spot higher. We disagree more on Michigan, as I have the Wolverines three spots higher than Adam. But at this point in the year, the teams in the middle of the poll are fairly indistinguishable. We both dropped Wisconsin and Nebraska out of the rankings after their West Coast losses. Adam's also higher on Florida than I am.
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?

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