Lindy's magazine has published its preseason All-America teams and preseason Top 25 poll for 2010, and the Big Ten is all over it.
Let's start with the All-America teams, which include nine Big Ten players:
Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski
Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi
Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn
Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones
Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward
Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks
Ohio State offensive lineman Justin Boren
Wisconsin offensive lineman John Moffitt
Iowa safety Tyler Sash
A pretty solid group of selections here. Heyward could have been a first-team selection. Wisconsin's John Clay has some tough competition at running back with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis, Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers and West Virginia's Noel Devine. Although I would include Clay on my preseason All-America team, but those aren't bad choices.
Moving on to the Top 25, which includes four Big Ten teams
No. 3 Ohio State
No. 6 Wisconsin
No. 10 Iowa
No. 24 Penn State
There seems to be a debate among preseason pollsters regarding Wisconsin and Iowa. We've seen the Hawkeyes ranked higher in some polls, and the Badgers ranked higher in others. Wisconsin returns more starters, but Iowa brings back a lot of key players from a team that achieved at a higher level in 2009. The Hawkeyes have won their last two games against Wisconsin, but Iowa loses more key players than the Badgers. So you can see why people see these things differently. I'm pretty comfortable having Iowa ahead of Wisconsin in my power rankings right now.
This is the lowest I've seen Penn State ranked in a preseason poll. Clearly, the Lions' All-Big Ten loses, including quarterback Daryll Clark, have raised concerns among the Lindy's folks.