Iowa Hawkeyes ranked No. 28 in the Preseason CBS Sports 131

According to the preseason CBS Sports 131, the Iowa Hawkeyes are just on the outside of the top 25 looking in.

At least according to the CBS Sports experts, the Iowa Hawkeyes are on the outside of the top 25 looking in. In their Preseason CBS Sports’ 131 college football rankings, Iowa checks in as the nation’s No. 28 team. That’s down 10 spots from where the Hawkeyes were ranked headed into the Vrbo Citrus Bowl versus Kentucky.

Of course, the Wildcats handed Iowa a 20-17 defeat in the bowl game and sent the Hawkeyes into the offseason on a disappointing note. Since then, Iowa has been working to replace a star at center in Tyler Linderbaum, who was drafted No. 25 overall by the Baltimore Ravens.

In addition to Linderbaum offensively, the Hawkeyes will be looking to replace 1,000-yard rusher Tyler Goodson who is with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.

Defensively, much of the retooling will come in the secondary. Gone are longtime starters Dane Belton, Matt Hankins and Jack Koerner. Still, there’s plenty of firepower defensively thanks to the return of star linebackers Jack Campbell and Seth Benson. Jestin Jacobs appears set to emerge as the Hawkeyes’ third talented linebacker in 2022.

Beyond that, the cornerback position boasts an All-American in Riley Moss and Iowa has a series of talented defensive linemen it feels great about. Figuring out how to get the most out of the quarterback competition in either Spencer Petras or Alex Padilla is what will set Iowa up to skyrocket up these rankings quickly.

As it stands, Iowa sees five Big Ten teams ranked in front of them in the initial CBS Sports 131 rankings of 2022. The top ten according to CBS looks like this: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 Baylor.

The other Big Ten teams ranked in front of Iowa are No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Penn State and No. 20 Michigan State. The Preseason CBS Sports 131 rankings are compiled from ballots of college football experts across CBS Sports and 247Sports and they will be updated weekly following the conclusion of week one action.

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Where did Rutgers land in 12th annual preseason poll? has released their annual preseason Big Ten football poll. See where Rutgers landed in the voting

Since 2011, has released their annual preseason Big Ten football poll. Ohio State was unanimously voted as the Big Ten conference champions for the third straight year. It is the first time since 2015 there was a unanimous winner. The Buckeyes have now been selected as overall conference winners for the third straight year and seventh year total. Big Ten voters have correctly selected the conference champion three times during the polls 12 year history – 2017, 2018, and 2020. The voters include “beat writers from 13 of 14 Big Ten teams and some who cover the entire league or have a national perspective.”

Ohio State is obviously the winner in the East. Over in the west, Wisconsin took 31 of 36 first place votes. Let’s look at where Rutgers and the rest of the Big Ten fell in the rankings.

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Ranking Big Ten quarterbacks heading into 2022 season

Where would you rank Payton Thorne amongst the Big Ten quarterbacks? See where Spartans Wire has Thorne and the rest of the Big Ten signal-callers in our quarterbacks rankings

The Big Ten will surely be part of the College Football Playoff conversation this upcoming season, and part of that is due to the numerous high-level signal callers in this league.

Spring ball is in the books and teams are turning their focus to the 2022 season that is only a few months away. As part of that, we at Spartans Wire are turning our focus to the upcoming campaign and looking at how each team’s projected quarterback ranks.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Big Ten Spring Version 2022

Big Ten spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Big Ten college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

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So where’s the curveball going to come from this year in the Big Ten?

Last year it was Michigan getting over the hump – at least, it did after losing to a surprising Michigan State team – the year before it was Indiana rising up and Northwestern getting to the Big Ten Championship for the second time in three years, and this year it’s …

Nebraska? Maybe. Maryland? To a point, potentially, or …

Maybe it’s back to Ohio State and 13 other teams.

There’s a whole lot of fun to be had with all 14 teams looking either improved or good enough to make a reasonable push for a strong season. Of course, that’s not how this all works, but it’s Spring. It’s a time for hope.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

Big Ten Football Rankings: CFN 2021 Pre-Spring

The pre-spring version of the CFN 2021 rankings with a first look at all the Big Ten teams.

The pre-spring version of the CFN 2021 rankings with a first look at all the Big Ten teams.

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2021 Big Ten Rankings: Pre-Spring

Big Ten East

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

Why To Be Happy: It’s still Ohio State and it’s still a loaded team with as much talent as anyone in college football. The return of WR Chris Olave for another year is massive, the O line should be almost as good as the 2020 version, and the return of DE Tyreke Smith helps an already great situation on the defensive front. However …

What To Work On: Again, it’s Ohio State – it’ll be more than fine – but the back seven is going to need some tuning up and key replacements. The offense will be deadly again, but the pressure is on CJ Stroud to be the next superstar quarterback and losing RB Trey Sermon hurts a bit.

Bottom Line: Ohio State gets framed differently than everyone in the Big Ten. It’s going to be the league’s best team, and it’s easily the favorite to win another Big Ten title, but – remember, this is January – this version needs a lot more tuning than the 2020 version, which wasn’t as strong as the 2019 team.

2. Michigan Wolverines

Why To Be Happy: Jim Harbaugh is still around … and yeah, that’s a reason to be happy, at least for this year. There might be a few high-profile transfers, but Hassan Haskins is a strong back to lead the way, there are plenty of QB options without Dylan McCaffrey, and the line and receiving corps are experienced. Kwity Paye might be gone on the end, but just about everyone else is back on D.

What To Work On: Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback, quarterback, quarterback. Really, Michigan has players. Really, the coaching staff is fine. None of it matters unless the Wolverines can finally get top-shelf quarterback play. Cade McNamara, Joe Milton and JJ McCarthy – one of them has to be great.

Bottom Line: Michigan won’t win the Big Ten, but it’ll bounce back to be solid again. Unlike 2020, the Wolverines will beat everyone they’re supposed to, lose one game against a strong team, and then … you know how this works with Ohio State.

3. Penn State Nittany Lions

Why To Be Happy: The run at the end of the season was more like the real Penn State than the one that got off to a historically disastrous start. Sean Clifford is a veteran now, getting RB John Lovett from Baylor helps, and there are just enough good players coming back – like CB Tariq Castro-Fields – to be okay, but …

What To Work On: There are a whole lot of important parts moving on. From OG Will Fries to DEs Shaka Toney and Jayson Oweh to S Lamont Wade and on and on. James Franklin has more strong recruits ready to step up, but in this year when so many teams are so experienced, there are a whole slew of key losses.

Bottom Line: Penn State will be one of the Big Ten’s most interesting calls as the offseason goes on. There are offensive playmakers, and – as always – defensive stars will emerge up front, but there are just enough lost starters to be annoying.

4. Indiana Hoosiers

Why To Be Happy: The Hoosiers get a slew of their guys back. Michael Penix Jr. is expected to return okay from his knee injury, star WR Ty Fryfogle is coming back, and with guard Mackenzie Nworah returning, four starters are expected to be around for the O line. S Jamar Johnson is leaving early for the NFL, but almost everyone else is expected back on the defensive side.

What To Work On: Is Penix really going to be ready? It’ll be less than a year for his knee to heal up. WR Whop Philyor is going to the NFL, and so is RB Stevie Scott from a running game that was among the worst in the nation.

Bottom Line: The expectations are a whole lot higher now, but Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State aren’t going to be that bad again. IU will still be good, but it’ll be a lot more of a fight.

5. Michigan State Spartans

Why To Be Happy: The transfer portal is providing some instant help to a team that already is full of veterans. RB Harold Joiner is coming in from Auburn, QB Anthony Russo is at least a veteran backup option from Temple, and again, there’s a ton of experience back helped by C Matt Allen anchoring the line. But …

What To Work On: After finishing last in the Big Ten in scoring and last in scoring D, there’s a little bit of work to do. The secondary lost a slew of key parts, the offense needs playmakers to emerge, and one of the quarterbacks has to step up and be great.

Bottom Line: Mel Tucker really didn’t get enough time to get things going in his first year, and it’s going to take another year to start to get everything to work. The team will be better, but so will the rest of the Big Ten East.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Why To Be Happy: Rutgers has experience, it has a few actual playmakers, and it has the coaching staff now to have … hope? The offensive backfield should be interesting with enough options to play around with, a little shuffling should lead to a decent O line, and the receiving corps has real, live explosion. The D gets back linebackers Tyshon Fogg and Olakunle Fatukasi to work around.

What To Work On: Even with all of the improvement, the the offense and defense were still the second-worst in the Big Ten, the passing game needs more downfield plays, this is still a building job. However …

Bottom Line: The Scarlet Knights should keep being more and more competitive under Greg Schiano, and they have enough experience to keep building on the 3-6 season that was a whole lot more fun than the final record.

7. Maryland Terrapins

Why To Be Happy: Head coach Mike Locksley is known for being a superstar recruiter, and his team showed glimpses of starting to do something right. Taulia Tagovailoa is the quarterback to work around, there’s a solid recruiting class coming in, and …

What To Work On: Uh oh. There are whole lot of players taking off with leading rusher Jake Funk off to the NFL, top linebacker Chance Campbell transferring out, key DB Antwaine Richardson off to Kent State, and on and on and on. As of right now, 12 Terps are expected to transfer and there’s still plenty of work to do.

Bottom Line: Things are hardly dire, even with the personnel losses. The lines still need working on, and consistency will be vital for a program that hasn’t had any, but there are enough playmakers to be interesting. However, few teams in the Big Ten need every practice more than Maryland.

2021 Pre-Spring Big Ten West

2021 Big Ten West Rankings: Pre-Spring 7-11

Way-too-early power rankings for the 2021 Big Ten football season

With the 2020 Big Ten football season now over with Ohio State on top, we are ranking the conference’s teams heading into 2021.

The 2020 Big Ten schedule has finally reached its end after what has been an absolute roller coaster ride of a season.

The season was originally postponed back in August, it was then reinstated, numerous games were canceled due to COVID-19 and if that wasn’t enough, the Big Ten Championship wasn’t even the last conference game played.

Related: Film room: Five things that stood out from the Badgers’ victory over Minnesota

Hopefully, for the sake of everybody involved, the 2021 calendar year is a bit different and things return to normal by the time the Big Ten starts up again in early September.

One of the necessities of closing a football season is giving a way-too-early look at the year to come, and rank teams based on what we saw this season and we know going into next year.

In order to do this, I put together a ranking system jokingly named Ken(ney)Pom—with reference to the college basketball ranking site KenPom. My metric weighs each team’s returning/incoming production, quarterback play, coaching and 2020 success in order to compare the teams numerically and understand why they are slotted in the spot they’re in.

Necessary disclaimer: the teams are ranked below based on who has discussed returning for another season and they are subject to change as more players enter the NFL Draft, return to play an extra year and as transfers find their homes.

So this is not a sure-fire shot at who will win the conference next season, because so much will change between now and September. It is instead a look at where things stand right now–the week after the conclusion of the 2020 season.

Related: Wisconsin’s bowl history over the past 20 years

Here is edition 1.0 of the way-too-early power rankings for the 2021 Big Ten football season:

Big Ten Rankings: 2020 CFN Five Year College Football Program Analysis

In the 2020 CFN Five-Year College Football Program Analysis, where do all the Big Ten teams rank?

In the 2020 CFN Five-Year College Football Program Analysis, where do all the Big Ten teams rank?

It’s our annual look at where all the college football programs rank with a five-year snapshot looking at attendance, players drafted, APR, and wins, wins, wins.

How do all of the Big Ten college football programs stack up over the last five seasons?

Which college football programs are doing the best jobs overall, which once have all the advantages, and most of all, who’s winning?

How are the rankings determined? Click here for all of the category descriptions.

Five-Year Program Analysis Categories, Rankings
2019 5-Year Program Analysis Rankings 1-130
FBS Wins | Attendance | Quality Wins
Elite Wins | Bad Losses | Bad Wins | Elite Losses
Conference Win % | APR | NFL Draft
Ranking Categories Explained

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14 Rutgers 27.83

2020 National Ranking: 116
2019 National Ranking: 109
2018 National Ranking: 100
2017 National Ranking: 84

13 Illinois 34.95

2020 National Ranking: 106
2019 National Ranking: 101
2018 National Ranking: 102
2017 National Ranking: 95

12 Maryland 48.35

2020 National Ranking: 86
2019 National Ranking: 79
2018 National Ranking: 73
2017 National Ranking: 81

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11 Purdue 49.94

2020 National Ranking: 83
2019 National Ranking: 86
2018 National Ranking: 97
2017 National Ranking: 111

10 Indiana 57.25

2020 National Ranking: 67
2019 National Ranking: 81
2018 National Ranking: 76
2017 National Ranking: 83

2020 CFN Five Year Program Analysis: Rankings 1-130

9 Nebraska 66.16

2020 National Ranking: 52
2019 National Ranking: 43
2018 National Ranking: 36
2017 National Ranking: 23

8 Northwestern 74.27

2020 National Ranking: 40
2019 National Ranking: 30
2018 National Ranking: 48
2017 National Ranking: 54

2020 Big Ten Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
East Indiana | Maryland | Michigan
Michigan State | Ohio State | Penn State | Rutgers
West Illinois | Iowa | Minnesota
Nebraska | Northwestern | Purdue | Wisconsin
CFN Preview 2020: All 130 Team Previews

7 Minnesota 75.02

2020 National Ranking: 37
2019 National Ranking: 50
2018 National Ranking: 49
2017 National Ranking: 52

6 Michigan State 89.89

2020 National Ranking: 20
2019 National Ranking: 16
2018 National Ranking: 10
2017 National Ranking: 9

2020 CFN Five Year Program Analysis: Rankings 1-130

5 Iowa 99.53

2020 National Ranking: 17
2019 National Ranking: 26
2018 National Ranking: 32
2017 National Ranking: 46

4 Wisconsin 113.94

2020 National Ranking: 10
2019 National Ranking: 7
2018 National Ranking: 8
2017 National Ranking: 16

3 Michigan 120.19

2020 National Ranking: 8
2019 National Ranking: 14
2018 National Ranking: 18
2017 National Ranking: 18

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2 Penn State 121.08

2020 National Ranking: 7
2019 National Ranking: 10
2018 National Ranking: 14
2017 National Ranking: 22

1 Ohio State 171.26

2020 National Ranking: 3
2019 National Ranking: 2
2018 National Ranking: 2
2017 National Ranking: 2

CFN Program Analysis Ranking Categories

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Big Ten Preseason Rankings: CFN College Football Preview 2020

In what might be the craziest of college football seasons, how good are all of the teams? Here are the CFN Big Ten Preseason Rankings.

In what might be the craziest of college football seasons, how good are all of the teams? Here are the CFN Big Ten Preseason Rankings of every team.

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This is NOT a ranking of where the teams are going to end up. This is only based on how good we think the Big Ten teams are going into whatever the 2020 season is going to be.

CFN Preview 2020: All 130 Team Previews

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14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers CFN 2020 Preview

Be Excited About … new head coach Greg Schiano isn’t going to make this too difficult. The Rutgers offense needs to be able to do something right, and it’s going start by pounding away with RB Isaih Pacheco and hope for the defensive front to hold up better. But …

Be Concerned About … the offensive line isn’t good enough to blast away. The Scarlet Knights were second-to-last in total and scoring offense averaging 273 yards and 13.3 points per game. The front five wasn’t totally miserable last year, but it needs a redo.

The Season Will Be Successful If … it wins three games. That might be a sad goal to shoot for, but with an all-Big Ten schedule, finding one win – considering the Maryland game will likely be on the road – would be good, much less three.

13. Maryland Terrapins

Maryland CFN 2020 Preview

Be Excited About … the potential of the passing game. The Terps were disastrous at times through the air last season, but if Josh Jackson can stay in one piece and be more consistent – Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa will likely have to sit a year – the receivers are there for the offense to start moving.

Be Concerned About … the secondary. There are a whole lot of concerns and issues going into the season – starting to score again would be nice – but stopping someone’s passing game could be the biggest thing to deal with. The Terps were dead last in the Big Ten in pass defense allowing 271 yards per game.

The Season Will Be Successful If … the Terps win three games. That’s a BIG ask considering head coach Mike Locksley’s career record is 6-40, but there aren’t going to be a whole lot of easy wins in whatever the Big Ten-only schedule will be. Rutgers is one, and … ?

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12. Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois CFN 2020 Preview

Be Excited About … enough in the starting 22 to hang around with most teams on the slate. The depth is concerning, and the skill parts are just okay, but the lines are good enough, the special teams should be great, and the defensive back seven will be a plus. But …

Be Concerned About … the offense that struggled to consistently get anything going. The Fighting Illini couldn’t go on long drive and averaged just 330 yards per game. Josh Imatorbhebhe is a terrific receiver, but there’s a whole lot of meh around him.

The Season Will Be Successful If … the Illini go back to a bowl game. Now the bar has been set. The Lovie Smith era has had enough time to get going to have all the parts he needs in place, and beating Wisconsin and Michigan State showed what’s possible. There’s no taking any steps back now.

11. Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue CFN 2020 Preview

Be Excited About … a passing game that should go from very good to a whole other level. The Boilermakers led the Big Ten averaging 310 yards per game, and now if the quarterback situation is settled and consistent, Rondale Moore and the receiving corps will make sure the numbers are phenomenal.

Be Concerned About … the running game that will be totally blown off from time to time. The passing attack is too good to not keep using, and the defense won’t be good enough to clamp down in what should be shootout after shootout, but being dead last in the Big Ten in rushing again won’t be okay.

The Season Will Be Successful If … the Boilermakers go bowling. It’s the fourth season under Jeff Brohm, and he’s coming off two straight losing seasons. Rutgers, at Illinois, and Northwestern are winnable, but the team has to be good enough to beat a few of the better teams, too.

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