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College Football Rankings: Michigan Leads Big Ten Pack In SB Nation's Preseason Top 25

It used to be that the Ohio State Buckeyes could be found at or near the top of every early preseason Top 25, but with their grip on the Big Ten temporarily loosened, a vacuum at the peak of the conference has opened up. In his first Top 25 for 2012, SB Nation's Bill Connelly wrestles with filling out his top ten, and eventually lands on the Michigan Wolverines at No. 9. Here's Connelly's reasoning:

9. Michigan Wolverines. A good number of this year's stars return -- Denard Robinson,Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jake Ryan, Craig Roh, Jordan Kovacs -- but I'm getting queasy giving them a single-digit ranking. We'll see.

Rounding out the rankings as it pertains to the Big Ten are the Buckeyes at No. 14, the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 17 and the Michigan State Spartans at No. 21.

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