The Big Ten and SEC were the only two conferences to feature at least three top 12 teams in both the final Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls released today. The Big Ten was also one of only three conferences to produce at least four top 25 teams in both final polls along with the SEC (five teams) and Big 12 (four).
Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin each appeared among the top 10 in one of the final national rankings. The Big Ten Champion Badgers were ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches vote. The Spartans, the Legends Division and Outback Bowl Champions, were rated No. 11 by the media and No. 10 by the coaches. The Wolverines, winners of the Sugar Bowl, were ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the USA Today rankings.
The Big Ten ended the season with three teams rated among the top 10 for the second time in three seasons and the fifth time in the last 10 years. Wisconsin ends the year among the top 10 for the second straight season after ranking No. 7/8 (AP/USA Today) in the final polls of the 2010 campaign. Michigan State concludes the year among the top 10 for the first time since ranking No. 7 in both final polls of the 1999 season. Michigan ends the year as a top-10 squad for the first time since rating No. 8/9 to conclude the 2006 campaign.
Five Big Ten teams received votes in the final poll, with Nebraska wrapping up its first Big Ten season ranked No. 24 by both the media and coaches. Penn State received votes in both final polls.