Big Ten lands four teams in preseason AP top 25

Big Ten lands four teams in preseason AP top 25
August 17, 2014, 2:30 pm
Vinnie Duber

Much like the coaches poll, the AP top 25 poll won't have too much significance this season when it comes to determining college football's champion. But that doesn't mean they're shutting it down.

The preseason AP poll was released Sunday afternoon, and four Big Ten teams made the top 25: No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 22 Nebraska.

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The implementation of the College Football Playoff will mean that a selection committee will select the four teams that will play for the national title, and the committee will have its own rankings that start midway through the season. It all renders the two traditional polls — the coaches poll and the AP poll — nothing but aesthetic. But teams will still take pride in making the list.

A couple interesting notes from the AP poll have to do with some early season mathcups. No. 14 Wisconsin opens its season in Houston against LSU, which was ranked No. 13, one spot ahead of the Badgers. Meanwhile, Oregon was ranked No. 3, just five spots ahead of Week 2 opponent Michigan State, setting up a real intriguing matchup between the Spartans and Ducks.

Check out the full top 25.