The B1G in 'College Football Live' Top 25

Most of you know my feelings about preseason polls, but they do provide a snapshot of how analysts around the country view specific teams. ESPN's "College Football Live" has released its preseason Top 25 for the 2012 season. Both Bennett and myself voted in this poll, and our ballots are below.

Let's look at which Big Ten teams made the overall rankings:

No. 10: Michigan

No. 12: Michigan State

No. 16: Wisconsin

No. 17: Nebraska

No. 20: Ohio State

Not too many surprises here. Michigan likely will be the preseason Big Ten favorite, and the Wolverines likely will be viewed nationally as the Big Ten's best team entering 2012. The reasons: a three-year starter in quarterback Denard Robinson, an outstanding running back in Fitzgerald Toussaint, a strong coaching staff and momentum after an 11-2 season. You can make a strong case for Michigan State to be ahead of Michigan, which I believe to be true, but people look at the departures on the offensive side and have pause about the Spartans despite their talent on defense.

Wisconsin, Nebraska and Ohio State are all teams that could rise or fall in the rankings. The Badgers and Huskers boast standout running backs (Montee Ball and Rex Burkhead) and defenses that could boast greater depth. Ohio State undoubtedly will be a better team under coach Urban Meyer. But Wisconsin has quarterback questions, Nebraska loses star power on defense and Ohio State is introducing a dramatically different offense that likely will bring some growing pains.

Here's are some of the notable selections on both Bennett's ballot and my own. We agree on most of the teams, except for the Buckeyes.

Bennett's ballot

No. 1: LSU

No. 2: USC

No. 3: Alabama

No. 9: Michigan State

No. 10: Michigan

No. 16: Nebraska

No. 19: Wisconsin

No. 25: Ohio State

Rittenberg's ballot

No. 1: USC

No. 2: LSU

No. 3: Alabama

No. 9: Michigan State

No. 10: Michigan

No. 13: Ohio State

No. 16: Nebraska

No. 18: Wisconsin

"College Football Live" will count down the preseason top 20 beginning today and have analysis of each team's strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to tune in each day at 3:30 p.m. ET.