Baseball America has issued a sneak peak of the 2007 college baseball season. (It's a .pdf file.) Included in the pre-preview is their Top 50 poll. Michigan is the highest ranked Big Ten squad checking in at number forty. Ohio State also made the poll. The Buckeyes find themselves at number forty-seven.
This is more evidence that those around the country have some expectations for both Big Ten programs. With the general lack of respect northern schools not named Notre Dame get, to see Michigan and Ohio State either ranked or on the fringe of a poll indicates that both schools are perceived to be pretty good.
In his online chat, Baseball America's Aaron Fitt suggested the Big Ten was a two team race between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. Fitt also stated that Minnesota could find themselves in the mix. To read all of Mr. Fitt's comments, click here.