Four Big Ten Teams, Including No. 1 Ohio State, Appear Among Top 20 in Preseason Coaches Poll
Aug. 7, 2006
With the college football season less than a month away, the Big Ten was well represented in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll highlighted by defending conference co-champion Ohio State ranked No. 1 in the country. The Buckeyes were joined by Michigan, Iowa and Penn State among the top 20, making the Big Ten one of only three conferences to boast four top-20 programs along with the ACC and SEC.
Three more conference squads appeared among the top 20 including No. 15 Michigan, No. 17 Iowa and No. 19 Penn State, which shared the Big Ten title with the Buckeyes last season before winning the Orange Bowl. An additional four conference programs received votes in the initial poll in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue and Northwestern.
The 111th season of Big Ten football kicks off with two games on Thursday, Aug. 31, with the remaining nine teams taking the field on Saturday, Sept. 2.