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Media covering Big Ten picks Ohio State as the favorite, Wisconsin in west

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The Big Ten is late in the media day circuit, getting started on Monday in Chicago, but we already have a favorite from the media; Ohio State.

The Buckeyes were named the media favorite in a media poll organized by The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, with members of various organizations spread across the Big Ten’s footprint casting their votes and predictions for each Big Ten division and conference champion. There is no formal media poll organized by the Big Ten, so the Cleveland-based newspaper has taken on the responsibility of giving Big Ten fans a preseason poll that swung and missed on the outcome a year ago (nobody picked Michigan State, but that happens). Ohio State received 23 first-place votes to win the Big Ten’s new east division. Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State received the other 10 first-place votes in the east and finished second in the preseason poll. Michigan and Penn State followed, respectively. Big Ten newcomer Maryland was picked to finish fifth in the east, followed by Indiana and the other Big Ten rookie, Rutgers.

The Big Ten’s west division was a bit more open according to the poll voters. Wisconsin came out on top with 15 first-place votes, but Iowa comes in a somewhat surprising second place with 11 first-place votes. Nebraska finished third with five first-place votes and one voter gave Northwestern (fourth in the preseason poll) a first-place vote. Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue round out the west division.

Ohio State received 19 out of 29 votes to win the Big Ten. Michigan State received nine votes and Nebraska received one vote. Wisconsin received no votes to win the Big Ten despite being picked to win the west division.

You can see the full unofficial preseason media poll for more voting results.

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12 Responses to “Media covering Big Ten picks Ohio State as the favorite, Wisconsin in west”
  1. cubano76 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:44 AM

    Urban looks like he’s up to no good in that picture.

  2. manik56 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:09 PM

    Did the Northwestern Union give the PD permission to talk about them?

  3. fatediesel says: Jul 25, 2014 12:50 PM

    Iowa coming in second in the west isn’t a surprise. Look at their schedule, no games versus Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and the games against Wisconsin and Nebraska are at home.

  4. bballnut50 says: Jul 25, 2014 4:47 PM

    Iowa sucks! #Skiumah

  5. barkleyblows says: Jul 25, 2014 5:47 PM

    Wesconsen should win the west every year. They don’t play anybody in that division.

  6. barkleyblows says: Jul 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    Btw it shows just how bad the little ten is with Wesconsen. They suckkkkkk

  7. blacknole08 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:58 PM

    Ohio State would get STOMPED by the Noles.

    Urban knows this.

  8. cfballfan1 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:28 PM

    Urby knows a thing or two about the warriors of Sparta, and it keeps him awake at night.

  9. polegojim says: Jul 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    Agreed on both-

    Urban is for real and the Buckeyes will be ready.
    MSU has earned the perennial respect.

    It’s a put up or move out year for Hoke. My Wolverines will either perform… or rebuild under a new HC.

    I’m SO glad NCAA football season has arrived!

  10. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 25, 2014 8:09 PM

    Who cares if Ohio State is picked to win. That’s like being the tallest midget. That’s how bad the Little 14 is in football. They are 1 step above the MAC

  11. general74 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:42 PM

    I am a Buckeye fan but to me we shouldn’t be the favorite. Michigan State won the league last year and return most of their team. Until someone knocks them off they should be the favorite. They have earned it.

  12. puhleezho says: Jul 26, 2014 9:57 AM

    Nebraska will surprise. If you watched the game last year, they dominated Michigan State, despite the score . 4 unforced fumbles will kill you.

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