Big Ten “Preseason Players to Watch” list released
The Big Ten released its fifth annual “Preseason Players to Watch” list that saw 11 players from the conference receive recognition.
A select media panel gathers each year to vote on five players from each conference. However, this season saw an extra player added due to a tie occurring in the West Division.
The list is as follows:
Jim Harbaugh major storyline according to BTN writer
According to Tom Dienhart from the Big Ten Network, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh tops his list of storylines heading into Big Ten Media Days.
Dienhart predicts that “Harbaughmania” will take over the event once Harbaugh hits the podium to talk about his new football team on Friday.
Dienhart writes: “You might have heard the news: Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh. The hype, anticipation and build-up of Harbaughpalooza even dwarfs the run-up to Christmas. Jimmy Boy and his khakis, ball cap and whistle seemingly have been in the news every day, whether fawning over Judge Judy, stirring emotions with his patriotic defense of ‘American Sniper,’ going shirtless in a camp and showing his hipness by Tweeting to rapper Big Sean. Harbaugh is an indomitable force who America can’t ignore. So, don’t even try. Now, let’s see if he can win some games. I shudder to think what will happen if Harbaugh actually one day leads Michigan to its first Big Ten title since 2004. Harbaugh for President!”
Coaches Poll released
The preseason Amway Coaches Poll was also released today. Coaches who vote in the poll believe the reigning national champions, Ohio State, are the number-one team heading into the 2015 season.
Also rounding out the top-25 for the Big Ten are Michigan State (sixth) and Wisconsin (18).
The Wolverines received one vote for the top-25 and are listed in the receiving votes section of the poll. Nebraska (27), Minnesota (25), Penn State (20), Illinois (seven) and Maryland (one) also received votes as well.