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Four Big Ten teams in AP preseason poll

Most of you know my feelings on preseason polls -- they're dangerously important and often misinformed -- but they always generate plenty of attention.

The AP preseason poll has been unveiled, and four Big Ten teams made the rundown, starting with the league's newest member, Nebraska.

Here's the Big Ten contingent:

  • No. 10 Nebraska

  • No. 11 Wisconsin

  • No. 17 Michigan State

  • No. 18 Ohio State

No major surprises here as these are the four Big Ten teams appearing in most preseason polls. The SEC placed a record eight teams in the AP Poll, while the Big Ten and Big 12 both had four, the Pac-12 had three, the ACC and Mountain West both had two, and the Big East had one.

Penn State finished just outside the Top 25 at No. 27, while Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern also received votes.

Nebraska appears in the preseason top 10 for the second consecutive year after being No. 8 in 2010.

Ohio State enters the season with its lowest AP ranking since 2001, Jim Tressel's first year as coach, when the Buckeyes were No. 23 in the preseason poll.