Big Ten Football 2014 post-spring power rankings

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Big Ten spring football is done, and now the waiting game begins. Waiting for summer workouts. Waiting for fall practices, and waiting for the first official power rankings to be released.

We aren’t patient here at FanSided, so we thought we’d give you an early peek at how the conference looks after the spring games and some early looks at recruits.

The Big Ten may have been the butt of many jokes in the college football world over the past decade, but the emergence of Ohio State as a contender once again, the uprising of Michigan State and the resurgence of Penn State after the devastating sanctions levied by the NCAA have the conference once again looking strong.

The B1G will probably seem pretty bunched up now, and for a good part of the season. It’s going to take some rivalry games and (as always) some unexpected upsets to create some separation between teams in each division.

Speaking of that, let’s not forget that the “Legends and Leaders” division names are now officially deep-sixed (thank goodness) and the Big Ten will now more to the more conventional East and West divisions.

If you don’t already know the breakdown, here it is:

EAST DIVISION

Indiana
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State
Rutgers

WEST DIVISION

Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Purdue
Wisconsin

You may also notice the two new names — Maryland and Rutgers — which are now members of the conference, both placed in their natural geographic home of the East division.

Here are the post-spring-way-too-early-but-we-dont-care-because-we-live-for-football rankings for Big Ten football.

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