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Big Ten football slipping

July 23, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ranks the SEC as the best college football conference in the country.

No surprise there.

However, the Big Ten managed a tie for fourth in Steele’s rankings.

“The Big Ten has slipped in the conference rankings due to a lack of national title contenders and poor bowl performances, which includes a 2-13 combined record on New Year's Day in the past three years,” Steele wrote.

“However, it could be in store for a higher finish this year thanks to some advantageous scheduling. Unlike the past few years, Wisconsin and Ohio State, two of the perennial top teams from the Leaders Division, do not play Michigan State and Nebraska, two of the top teams from the Legends Division.

“I have the Buckeyes running the table and playing Alabama for the national title, while Nebraska, Michigan State and Michigan all made my preseason top 25.”



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