As the 2012 college football and Big Ten season draws nearer, everyone and their cousin is publishing their list of preseason college football rankings. The rankings seem to be that one final piece of rope that football-starved fans can grab onto in hopes of being steered through two more months of four-hour baseball games and 100 degree days.
But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, right? Sure, preseason rankings influence the rest of the season (often to a larger degree than seems fair), but conference commissioner Jim Delany is probably far more interested in seeing Big Ten teams finish near the top of the polls than merely start there.
With that in mind, here are some predictions about where every team in the Big Ten will finish in the rankings of the 2012 college football season.