Aug. 3, 2007
With the college football season less than a month away, the Big Ten was well represented in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll with three programs appearing among the top 10, more than any other conference. Michigan topped the Big Ten at No. 5 nationally, followed by No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State. The Big Ten was one of only two conferences to boast four or more top-20 programs along with the SEC.
The Wolverines received a pair of first-place votes to rank fifth in the preseason coaches' poll, behind No. 1 Southern California, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Texas. Michigan was chosen as the conference's preseason favorite by media members attending the Big Ten football media days at the end of July, followed by the Badgers and Buckeyes. All three programs ended last season among the top 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls, giving the Big Ten three top-10 teams in the final polls for the third time in the last five years and just the fourth time in the last two decades.
The Nittany Lions, who ended last season with a win over Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, were ranked 18th in the preseason poll to give the Big Ten four teams among the top 20. Iowa also received votes in the initial poll.
The 112th season of Big Ten football kicks off Saturday, Sept. 1 with all 11 teams in televised action, including six schools making their debut on the Big Ten Network.