FB: Two Big Ten Teams Among Top Eight in Final Polls

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With bowl season now complete, the Big Ten was one of only three conferences to place two teams among the top eight in the final Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls. The Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC each placed two programs among the top eight in the final national rankings, with Ohio State ending the year rated fifth in both polls while Wisconsin was tabbed seventh by the AP and tied for eighth in the coaches poll. The Big Ten placed at least one team among the final top 10 for the ninth consecutive year and produced at least two top-10 programs for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. The Big Ten also ended the year with at least two top-10 schools in 2009 (AP/USA Today - #5/5 Ohio State, #7/7 Iowa, #9/8 Penn State), 2008 (#8/8 Penn State, #9/11 Ohio State), 2006 (#2/2 Ohio State, #7/5 Wisconsin, #8/9 Michigan), 2005 (#3/3 Penn State, #4/4 Ohio State), 2003 (#4/4 Ohio State, #6/7 Michigan, #8/8 Iowa) and 2002 (#1/1 Ohio State, #8/8 Iowa, #9/9 Michigan). The Buckeyes earned their fifth top-five finish in the last six years (#5/5 in 2009, #5/4 in 2007, #2/2 in 2006, #4/4 in 2005) while the Badgers ended the year among the top 10 for the first time since wrapping up the 2006 campaign rated seventh by the media and fifth by the coaches. Overall, four Big Ten teams received votes in the final polls with three among the top 25. Michigan State was slotted No. 14 by both the AP and coaches, the Spartans' second top-25 finish in the last three seasons and highest end-of-year ranking since being voted seventh by both groups after the 1999 campaign. Iowa received votes in both final polls.

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