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Buckeyes overwhelmingly make clean sweep of B1G preseason media honors

Braxton Miller, Jake Ryan AP

At least it’s not all bad news on the football front for Ohio State this Monday, right?

Shortly before news broke that the Buckeyes had dismissed their top running back and their star cornerback was arrested over the weekend, it was announced that OSU was the runaway favorite of the media to win the Big Ten championship this season.  25 of the 26 media members in the poll assembled by the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Doug Lesmerises — the conference did away with preseason media votes a couple of years ago — picked OSU as the preseason favorite for the Big Ten title.

12 of the writers predicted an OSU win over Nebraska in early December; 11 predicted an OSU win in a replay of The Game with Michigan; and two saw the Buckeyes topping Michigan State for the title.  One writer predicted that Michigan would beat Ohio State in the title game.

Individually, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year, was easily the favorite of the writers covering the conference as the junior picked up 24 first-place votes for offensive player of the year.  Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez (no relation) and Michigan’s Devin Gardner were the only others to receive votes.

On the defensive side, it was again all about the OSU as Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier was tabbed as the defensive player of the year.  While not as thoroughly as his teammate, Shazier easily paced the voting with 16 first-place votes. Others garnering mention were Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland (4); Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough (3); Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (2); and Northwestern defensive lineman Tyler Scott (1).

Roby, incidentally was arrested over the weekend and could face a suspension.

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15 Responses to “Buckeyes overwhelmingly make clean sweep of B1G preseason media honors”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    With Urban Meyer at the helm, you’ll be seeing the words “Ohio State” and “runaway” in the same sentences, usually not having much do to with football though.

  2. MasMacho says: Jul 22, 2013 3:03 PM

    Cue the Urban trolls…

    nothing interesting to say, just another day where morons take cheap shots in a comments field on lunch break from their minimum wage jobs. Carry on.

  3. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    Not to mention, leading the Big Ten in arrests

    A clean sweep indeed!

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 22, 2013 3:21 PM


    “morons take cheap shots in a comments field on lunch break from their minimum wage jobs”

    Says the person who is calling people “morons” in the comments section in the middle of the day.


  5. mkoogs says: Jul 22, 2013 3:27 PM

    Fire away Haters. In your minds Urban enabled young guys to act like idiots. The only thing clear today in Columbus is that there is a lot of missing information on the Hyde situation. Premature to speculate on the Roby situation. If Urban did kick Hyde off the team what’s the complaint?

  6. jrs45 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    They should be. The rest of the conference sucks.

  7. garyzx7r says: Jul 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    WOOHOO! Go Buckeyes!!! I love all the haters, wishing their team was good!!!

  8. blueinok says: Jul 22, 2013 4:52 PM

    I think I’ll go with the Manning’s assessment of Gardner over Braxton.

  9. polegojim says: Jul 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    Urban has brought to OSU exactly what they needed, exactly when they needed it.

    I’m a Michigan Man… but respected the VEST for his football coaching skill.

    Like him or not… Urban brings the same thing to the Buckeyes… credible winning ways.

    Ok… I’m going to throw-up now… UGHHHHH

    HAIL TO THE VICTORS… looking forward to beating this decorated team!!!

    Ok… I feel better.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    Shazier had much better numbers than T’eo in ’12 on an also undefeated team but nobody outside of Columbus knows his name.

    Maybe if he fakes a girlfriend this year he’ll get a free trip to NYC….

  11. normtide says: Jul 22, 2013 5:34 PM

    Sounds about right. Nebraska, Michigan, or MSU could beat OSU, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  12. dallasstars9 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:04 PM

    Go Blue!

  13. mediocrebob says: Jul 22, 2013 6:40 PM

    This is shocking with how good the B1G is again this year and with the tough non conference slate for the buckeyes. Bold comments from everyone.

  14. mediocrebob says: Jul 22, 2013 6:44 PM


    Te’o did it for 4 years. Over 400 tackles. That’s with teams running and game planning away from him. They play different positions in different defenses as well. Just because they’re both linebackers doesn’t mean they do the same things.

    Plus Shazier plays a mixture of MAC and a weak conference schedule. Didn’t see him against anyone decent.

  15. howintensive says: Jul 22, 2013 9:59 PM

    Well, since the sanctions are gone, so is any remote scent of parity in the Big Ten within the media.

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