This morning’s announcement that the Big Ten had decided to rejoin college football’s land of the living means that we get another twist in the various polls that dot the sport’s landscape. It’s been a screwball one as well as the first Associated Press poll of the 2020 football season included Big Ten programs that weren’t even going to be playing. They then shifted gears the following week and excluded all Big Ten and Pac 12 programs as well as possible contenders from Group of Five leagues.
Now, even before they’ve played again, the reversal of course means that the Associated Press and it’s ilk will once again be taking those teams into consideration. Throw in the fact that they’re only playing an eight game schedule and it’s going to make things problematic at best on a week to week basis.
Texas A&M started out at number 13 when the year began but then moved up to tenth after last weekend event though it hasn’t played a game. In all likelihood, the Aggies will probably fall back out of the poll when Big Ten programs are included and they’ll probably settle in at about where they were beforehand. There’s not that many teams that could be placed in front of them from the Big Ten with the definite exception of Ohio State, and the potential exceptions of Penn State, Wisconsin, and Michigan. In addition, depending on what happens in some of the leagues, a Oklahoma State could be someone to watch if they have a strong opening game this weekend.
However, the most likely teams that will push A&M down will be the aforementioned Big Ten trio and two of the three….Penn State and Wisconsin. Are programs that were projected to be hanging around the back end of the top ten when that league was shut down. Penn State has recruited well under James Franklin and Wisconsin played in the Big Ten title game last season.