Five Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, including three in the top 25. Michigan State climbed in both polls, appearing at No. 11 in the AP rankings and No. 13 in the coaches poll. Ohio State and Iowa were ranked in succession in both polling services, Nos. 20 and 21, respectively in the AP poll and Nos. 21 and 22, respectively, in the coaches poll. Michigan and Northwestern were among the other teams receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today rankings.