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Way-too-early 2015 Big Ten football power rankings



1. Ohio State Buckeyes

USATSI_8328042_164908374_lowresWhen your team has not lost a conference game since the head coach came aboard, you’re doing it way right. That’s exactly the scenario that Ohio State has had, going 24-0 in regular season games since Urban Meyer came aboard in 2012. The scary part is Meyer thought the 2015 season was going to be the peak of his team’s capability, but how do you top what just happened this season?

Last we checked winning a national title was the pinnacle of the college football world. I suppose going undefeated for the full season is the next step.

The 2015 season was supposed to be the one with the major question marks at quarterback, but the only question is which of the three stellar options will actually end up starting. It could be that Meyer and his staff’s decision to start one or the other of Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones will dictate just how the season goes.

We haven’t even mentioned the fact that playmakers like Ezekiel Elliott and Jalin Marshall will be back, or the fact that this team continues to recruit some of the best athletic talent in the country. However, that’s just one side of the football.

Defensively, this team could be even better than it was this season with seven starters back. That includes reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Joey Bosa, budding star Darron Lee at linebacker and three-quarters of the starting secondary. If Adolphus Washington also returns this team is going to be loaded with top-level talent coming in to 2015.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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