College football season may be a ways away, Big Ten fans, but ESPN is already thinking ahead to September.
The Big Ten writers released their way-too-early power rankings and depending who you root for, you may be surprised.
Ohio State topped the list with four first-place votes. The rationale was a No. 2 recruiting class paired with Kevin Wilson to revamp the offense should power the Buckeyes to the top.
Next was current Big Ten champion Penn State. With possibly the best quarterback-running back duo in the country and a veteran team, the Nittany Lions will have some recruits to fill holes as well.
Then there was a tie at No. 3. Michigan and Wisconsin. The Wolverines had a strong recruiting class and the Badgers will be the top team in the West next year.
Right behind them, tied for No. 5, was Nebraska and Northwestern with some strong recruits for the Cornhuskers and a strong returning offense for the Wildcats.
No. 7: Iowa
No. 8: Michigan State
No. 9: Indiana
No. 10: Maryland
No. 11: Minnesota
No. 12: Purdue
No. 13: Illinois
No. 14: Rutgers