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5 Big Ten Teams Land In Preseason AP Rankings

Five teams from the Big Ten conference were ranked in the new AP Poll.

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The first AP rankings are out and the Big Ten was able to get 5 teams ranked.  The Big Ten has been considered by most to be the nation's top conference entering this season, but it is still interesting to see how the conference performs according to the media.

Overall, there were 5 teams ranked with Wisconsin leading the rankings at #3 for the Big Ten.  However, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Ohio State were able to sneak into the tail end of the rankings and ensure that the conference was well represented.  Here are the Big Ten teams ranked:

AP Ranked Big Ten Teams

  • #3 - Wisconsin
  • #18 - Michigan State
  • #20 - Ohio State
  • #21 - Nebraska
  • #24 - Michigan
  • Receiving Votes - Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota

Of course, with the ranking of these 5 Big Ten teams, it also means some interesting statistical and historical trends continue for the conference.  Here are a few interesting things to note:

And here are the full rankings.

2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Kentucky Wildcats (52) 0-0 1604
2 Arizona Wildcats (5) 0-0 1518
3 Wisconsin Badgers (8) 0-0 1483
4 Duke Blue Devils 0-0 1415
5 Kansas Jayhawks 0-0 1346
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 1274
7 Florida Gators 0-0 1153
8 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 1114
9 Virginia Cavaliers 0-0 1090
10 Texas Longhorns 0-0 1061
11 Wichita State Shockers 0-0 1027
12 Villanova Wildcats 0-0 885
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-0 840
14 Iowa State Cyclones 0-0 781
15 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 0-0 574
16 San Diego State Aztecs 0-0 560
17 Connecticut Huskies 0-0 552
18 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 521
19 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 426
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 340
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 0-0 309
22 SMU Mustangs 0-0 285
23 Syracuse Orange 0-0 178
24 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 167
25 Utah Utes 0-0 98
25 Harvard Crimson 0-0 98
Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1