Now that the season is over, the folks over at USA Today have created a way too early poll for the upcoming season.
Of note, OSU is ranked #4, MSU #6, Wisc #14 and ND #15. They have Michigan on the outside looking in. What do you think of the poll, do you think this is what the polls will look like come the start of the season?
For those not wanting to hit the link:
4. Ohio State (12-2)
Why No. 4? Because coach Urban Meyer and his staff have recruited at such level as to offset the number of losses to graduation and the NFL – like the four offensive linemen, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier. On offense, the Buckeyes are loaded with elite talent at the skill positions, like running backs Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott, but must address those holes up front. Conversely, the defense will be dominant along the line but will have holes in the secondary. Based on what they've done through two years, give Meyer and the staff benefit of the doubt in the Big Ten.
6. Michigan State (13-1)
Why No. 6? Because the Spartans' foundation of defensive excellence combined with a punishing offense makes them a threat for the national championship. On offense, quarterback Connor Cook developed into one of the Big Ten's best in his first year as a starter. Joining Cook is a solid group of returning skill players in the backfield and receiver, though the line loses a trio of senior starters. Even with a number of starters gone on defense, the system in place – as run by coordinator Pat Narduzzi – almost guarantees another elite performance.