Spring football is now in the rear-view mirror, and fans have set their sights on the opening of fall camp in early August. In the meantime, we have a better idea about which teams and which players will rise to the top come the fall.
When it comes to ranking the 25 best players heading into any given season, it's important to remember that comparing a cornerback to a left tackle is a little like comparing a Ford pickup truck to a tomato; don't read too much into a player ranked at No. 20 and a different player at a different position ranked at No. 19.
When it comes to the best of the best the Big Ten will offer this season, however, we're pretty sure that the 25 players on this list will figure into the equation from Week 1 all the way through the College Football Playoff in January.