BY JEFF SLADE
They’re 50 days until September 3rd.
50 more days without the sounds of bands echoing through roaring stadiums; 50 more days without heated rivalry games and never-ending rankings debates; 50 days until we again have college football.
To celebrate: we take a look at early preseason power rankings for the 2015 Big Ten season.
Maryland’s first year in the Big Ten went better than many expected, going 7-6 and 4-4 in the conference, including wins over traditional powerhouse programs like Michigan and Penn State.
Will they be able to improve in their second season playing in the daunting Big Ten East – where exactly do the Terps fall in our rankings?
Plus, will any team be able to challenge defending national champions Ohio State in the East and what team has the best chance to make it out of the wide-open West?
How do coaching changes affect the power dynamic of the Conference – and where does Jim Harbaugh and Michigan fit into the equation in his first year back in college?
All that and more here, as we take a look at and rank all 14 teams in the Big Ten, with detailed previews for every team in the coming weeks.
But we begin with the rankings:
No. 14 - Purdue: 2014 Record: 3-9 (1-7) - Found themselves on the bottom of the standings last year, and nothing indicates things going differently in 2015.
No. 13 - Indiana: 2014 Record: 4-8 (1-7) - By far the bottom-dweller in the Big Ten East, not winning a single game inside the division last year.