Well, there are technically two directions you can go from here. But to go up in the final version of the poll, you have to win the whole shooting match. MSU is #2 in the preseason coaches' poll, behind only Kansas. Three of the 31 voters in the poll had us #1 on their ballots. The lofty ranking will be tested early, as the team plays both the #3 and #4 teams (Texas/UNC) in December. Other Big Ten teams appearing in the rankings: 7. Purdue 15. Michigan 17. Ohio State 18. Minnesota 27. Illinois (2nd team under "others receiving votes") Update: Also under the category of "Lofty, Tough-to-Exceed Preseason Expectations," MSU is the Big Ten media's pick to win the conference title and Kalin Lucas is your 2009-10 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. Update #2 (about being #2): Same spot in the AP poll. Five #1 votes for MSU out of 65 ballots. Media guys not as high on UNC (#6) and Minnesota (#25); higher on Illinois (#23).