Four Big Ten teams in both AP, coaches polls

Four Big Ten teams in both AP, coaches polls
September 2, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The traditional top-25 rankings no longer have any impact on anything regarding which teams will play for the national championship. Yet, the AP and the coaches polls are still released each week.

Reporters and coaches both kept the same four teams that were in there in the preseason versions in the respective polls, with Michigan State, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin staying in both top 25s.

In the Amway Coaches Poll, the Spartans are the highest-ranked team, coming in at No. 6. The Buckeyes are right there at No. 7, followed up by another back-to-back of Big Ten teams with Nebraska at No. 18 and Wisconsin at No. 19. Four more teams from the conference — Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers — all received votes.

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In the AP poll, the Spartans and Buckeyes were ranked No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. The Badgers and Huskers were also back-to-back in this poll, coming in at Nos. 18 and 19, respectively. Penn State, Michigan, Iowa and Rutgers also received votes.

It sets up a couple very interesting matchups this weekend. Both Michigan State and Oregon are top-seven teams in both polls. Those two meet in Eugene on Saturday night. Same goes for Michigan and Notre Dame in South Bend. The Irish are ranked No. 15 in the coaches poll and No. 16 in the AP.