With National Signing Day over, it seems appropriate to look ahead to next season.
ESPN thought so, too, which is why it released its post-signing day Way-Too-Early Top 25 on Monday.
The team rankings have largely remained the same since the last edition, which came out shortly after the NFL draft underclassmen declaration deadline in mid-January, but there has been some movement near the top.
Plus, the Big Ten is still very much represented. In total, the conference has five teams in the top 11 of the rankings: No. 4 Ohio State, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 10 Penn State and No. 11 Michigan.
The top three teams, in order, are Clemson, Alabama and Georgia.
4. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
10. Penn State
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) February 13, 2018
Despite bringing in the No. 2 recruiting class for 2018, Ohio State slid down one spot to the No. 4 position. Jumping them was Georgia and its top-ranked class, though Buckeyes fans should not worry. They’re still the top Big Ten team on this list.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin fell one spot to No. 7, Michigan State stayed at No. 9 and Penn State moved from No. 11 to into the top 10. The Nittany Lions recently brought in one of the best recruiting classes in program history.
However, the biggest beneficiary of the new rankings was Michigan, which climbed from 14th to 11th. The move wasn’t based on recruiting as much as it was on the possibility of quarterback Shea Patterson, an Ole Miss transfer, being eligible to play this season.
With the latest recruiting classes finalized and the coaching staffs all but set, there doesn’t figure to be much movement between now and the start of the season. Gear up, Big Ten fans, because this year has the potential to be a heavyweight battle for conference supremacy.
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