For the second straight year, Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Big Ten, according to the media.
Doug Lesmerises of cleveland.com and The Cleveland Plain Dealer has organized a media poll of Big Ten writers. It's the fourth year Lesmerises has done it. For some reason, the conference stopped doing an official media poll, so Lesmerises stepped in to do an unofficial one.
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1. Ohio State, 195 points (23 first-place votes)
2. Michigan State, 180 points (10)
3. Michigan, 136 points
4. Penn State, 105.5 points
5. Maryland, 84 points
6. Indiana, 78.5 points
7. Rutgers, 33 points
1. Wisconsin, 183.5 points (15 first-place votes)
2. Iowa, 173 points (11)
3. Nebraska, 157.5 points (5)
4. Northwestern, 112 points (1)
5. Minnesota, 96.5 points
6. Illinois, 58 points
7. Purdue, 31.5 points
Ohio State 19
Michigan State 9
The results seem pretty fair. Ohio State returns Braxton Miller and a host of talent on the offensive side of the ball, while Michigan State lost much of its defensive standouts. Nebraska possesses one of the country's best rushing attacks and perhaps the best pass rusher in the country in Randy Gregory.