Ohio State, Wisconsin Tabbed as Big Ten Favorites in B1G Media Poll

By D.J. Byrnes on July 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

Unlike everyone from the SEC to the MAC, the Big Ten does not release a media poll at their media days. 

So Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises took matters into his own hands and coordinated his own Big Ten media poll.

According to the media polled, and like Bovada before them, Ohio State is expected to win the East Division:

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

The West Division is seen as a little more of an open race:

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

As to who will win the Big Ten, the media appears to see it as a two-horse race:

Ohio State (19)

Michigan State (9)

Nebraska (1)

As for the scenario and outcome of the title game:

Ohio State over Wisconsin, 12

Michigan State over Iowa, 5

Ohio State over Iowa, 4

Ohio State over Nebraska, 3

Michigan State over Wisconsin, 2

Michigan State over Nebraska, 1

Michigan State over Northwestern, 1

Nebraska over Ohio State, 1

So there you have it. Given Ohio State is the clear favorite, we might as well just skip to the playoffs immediately, right?

SOURCE: Cleveland.com

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