Aug. 22, 2005
With the college football season less than two weeks away, the Big Ten was well represented in the preseason Associated Press Poll with seven teams receiving votes, four squads ranked among the top 15 and two programs appearing among the top six.
The Big Ten and the SEC were the only two conferences to boast four teams among the top 15 in the national poll. Defending conference co-champion Michigan led the way at No. 4 nationally behind No. 1 USC, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Tennessee - the same top four as announced by the USA Today Coaches poll earlier in August. The Wolverines were chosen as the conference's preseason favorite by media members attending the Big Ten football media days in early August. Ohio State also appeared among the top 10 at No. 6 overall (ninth in USA Today poll), followed by No. 11 Iowa (10th in USA Today poll) and No. 15 Purdue (16th in USA Today poll). Three other Big Ten teams received votes from the media in Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin. Those three teams were joined by Michigan State among teams receiving votes in the USA Today rankings.
The 110th season of Big Ten football kicks off from September 1-3 with 10 of the 11 league teams taking the field for non-conference action.