Five Big Ten teams in USA Today Top 25

After the recently released coaches poll was unveiled, the Big Ten has five teams represented. The USA Today Coaches Poll is composed of 59 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools.

Ohio State, who was ranked No. 2 last season, comes in at No. 16, while Wisconsin, who came in at No. 12 in last year's preseason poll, finds themselves as the highest ranked Big Ten school in 2011 at No. 10. The two schools are currently on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of quarterback play; the Buckeyes are still in the midst of a quarterback battle while the Badgers have landed the highly-touted transfer, Russell Wilson.

The newest member to the conference, Nebraska, enters the mix right behind Wisconsin at No. 11. In last year's preseason edition, the Cornhuskers were ranked two spots higher at No. 9. Led by Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead on offense, Nebraska returns seven players on a defense that was ranked ninth in points against last season.

The fourth Big Ten school to make the list is Michigan State, who comes in at No. 17. The Spartans feature a high-powered offense led by senior quarterback Kirk Cousins and a 1,000 yard-rusher in junior Edwin Baker. ?The final Big Ten school to earn a spot in the rankings is Penn State, who comes in at No. 25. In what could be legendary head coach Joe Paterno's final season, the Nittany Lions have yet to determine a starting quarterback and will have to fill the void left by the school's all-time leading rusher, Evan Royster.

There were a handful of other schools in the Big Ten to receive votes: Iowa (41), Northwestern (30) and Michigan (19).

- Josh Harvey -

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