Minnesota and Iowa wrapped up spring football in the Big Ten this past weekend, which means we have reached the halfway point of the offseason. Only four more short months remain until college football returns, and if you watch the NBA or NHL playoffs that will take half that time or more (they go on...and on...and on).
That makes this as great a time as any to dust off the old record collection and invite in some artists to help provide themes for another Big Ten power rankings. If you follow my weekly power rankings during the season, you will know that every week brings a new artist to provide team theme songs for the week.
This week, the featured artist includes a bunch of artists, as the theme is James Bond movie theme songs. With the latest entry Skyfall being available on DVD now, it is a great time to go back and watch some Bond movies while you wait for college football to come back. Bond is also the king of cool, much like Jim Delany.
As far as the rankings themselves, I have considered as much as possible from spring football, but those practices are less relevant than who is coming back from last year's team. New freshmen have not been considered at length in this ranking because they have had no impact on the team, thus far—anticipate those early enrollees in some spots.
Thus, some teams will get a big boost in the preseason power rankings, thanks to the top talent coming in for the 2013 class of recruits. Until then, let's just jump right in with rankings For Your Eyes Only.