The Big Ten was one of two conferences with four or more teams ranked among the top 16 in the USA Today coaches preseason poll. Michigan led the way for the Big Ten at No. 8 overall after finishing last year at No. 9 following a victory in the Sugar Bowl. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin was rated No. 12 overall, followed by reigning Legends Division champion Michigan State at No. 13 and Nebraska at No. 16.