The first official preseason poll was released last week with the USA Today Coaches Poll dropping its first rankings of the 2021 season. Five B1G teams were included in the initial poll.

Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde also recently released his Top 25 heading into the year, and also included five B1G teams in his Top 25. However, those five teams from the league are ranked higher than where they landed in the Coaches Poll.

Ohio State still leads the way, coming in at No. 2 on the poll. Wisconsin is the B1G’s other Top 10 squad, listed at No. 8. Indiana, Iowa and Penn State were the other three squads from the conference that received a mention.

Below is the Top 25 that Forde released:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Iowa State
  8. Wisconsin
  9. USC
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Washington
  13. North Carolina
  14. Indiana
  15. Miami
  16. Iowa
  17. Oregon
  18. Florida
  19. Penn State
  20. Coastal Carolina
  21. LSU
  22. Louisiana
  23. Texas
  24. UCF
  25. Nevada

Behind each ranking, Forde behind an explanation for a team’s placement. You can view that on Sports Illustrated’s website.