"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Football: Yet more preseason Rank-ery
I missed this when it was posted a few days ago, but here's Dennis Dodd's top 25. Now, Dodd's one of those sportswriters who thinks snarkiness is a good substitute for intelligence, but I present it to you as an example of the high expectations being placed on the Big Ten next year. Dodd has Iowa #2, OSU #6, Michigan #9, and Purdue #17. He also includes Minnesota and Wisconsin in his "ten others to watch" category.
Iowa's emergence as a third Big Ten power seems to have completely shifted public perception of the conference. If OSU beats Texas watch the annoying Big Ten Hype punditry to take off. (As a side note, as much as I loathe OSU, it takes stones to schedule Texas OOC.)