The Cleveland Plain Dealer has taken up the baton to poll media members on which team will win the Big Ten. Once again, those media-types have tabbed Ohio State.
Ohio State Picked To Win The Big Once Again In Media Poll
The Big Ten offices used to release its own media poll on which teams and players were expected to rule thee conference, but that stopped eight years ago.
To fill the void, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has been leading the charge — conducting its own poll of Big Ten media members for conference supremacy, and just like clock work, almost every year Ohio State seems to be the odds on favorite to take the crown.
And so it is again this year, almost it was a tight one.
According to the results this year, the Buckeyes got just enough votes to edge out Wisconsin as the preseason Big Ten champion. OSU was picked to win the conference by 14 voters, just edging out the Badgers’ 13 total votes.
The complete rundown of votes turned out as follows, with Michigan State (not Michigan or Penn State) taking second in the East, and Iowa finishing second in the West:
BIG TEN EAST
1. Ohio State, 191.5 points (23.5 first-place votes)
2. Michigan State, 142 points (2)
3. Penn State, 141.5 points (1)
4. Michigan, 140.5 points (1.5)
5. Maryland, 75.5 points
6. Indiana, 60 points
7. Rutgers, 33 points
BIG TEN WEST
1. Wisconsin, 196 points (28 first-place votes)
2. Iowa, 155 points
3. Northwestern, 138 points
4. Nebraska, 104 points
5. Purdue, 98.5 points
6. Minnesota, 64.5 points
7. Illinois, 28 points
The voters also weighed in on the matchup for the Big Ten Championship Game, and the most common occurrence was Ohio State over Wisconsin. The Badgers were a unanimous choice from the West, while Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State got some votes from the East.
In the eight years since the voting has taken place, Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite in five of those years, but has only taken home the title twice.
Urban Meyer and crew will be looking to bank those odds in 2018.