Detroit News: Buckeyes No. 1 in CFB
On the day the first Associated Press poll comes out, the Detroit News also published its top 25. If you’re a believer in media bias, you won’t find any here.
The Buckeyes still topped the polls, with Michigan State coming in at No. 5 and Wisconsin at No. 18.
Here’s what the sports staff had to say about each ranked Big Ten team:
1. Ohio State: It’s hard to pick against the Buckeyes repeating as national champions considering they return nearly everyone from last season’s title-winning team. The defense, led by end Joey Bosa, should be as good as ever and offensively the weapons are plenty. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (pictured) is a star in the making, and while there will be plenty of attention on the quarterback battle, either Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett could be primed for big seasons while Braxton Miller has moved to receiver. Last season: 14-1 overall, 9-0 Big Ten.
5. Michigan State: The Spartans are coming off a fourth straight bowl win and another top-five ranking, but there are some holes to fill. Running back will be a battle throughout camp and replacing Trae Waynes at cornerback might be the most critical spot for the Spartans. But they are strong up front on both sides of the ball and quarterback Connor Cook (pictured), who is 23-3 as a starter, enters his final season after leading the Big Ten in passing yards (3,214) in 2014. Last season: 11-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten.
18. Wisconsin: Even with a change at head coach, the Badgers should be the team to beat in the Big Ten West. Paul Chryst comes over from Pittsburgh to take over at his alma mater. He loses running back Melvin Gordon to the NFL but junior Corey Clement (pictured) could become the latest in a long line of outstanding Wisconsin backs. The big question for the Badgers will be at quarterback, where senior Joel Stave will need to make a significant leap to keep the offense balanced. Last season: 11-3, 7-1 Big Ten.