1Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska. Now go win the thing.
In their first season in the conference, the Cornhuskers have been named the
favorite to win the first Big Ten championship game, but just barely.
Nebraska was given 12 votes to win the title game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3,
while Wisconsin earned 11 votes and Michigan State one.
The voting was done in the first Plain Dealer Big Ten Preseason Newspaper
Poll, which may serve as the only preseason poll of its kind in the league.
Unlike past years, the Big Ten is not conducting a preseason poll this year,
at the request of the conference's coaches. At the Big Ten meetings on
Thursday, the league will release only a watch list of 10 players voted on
So the Plain Dealer organized 24 daily beat writers, two that cover each of
the 12 teams in the league, to rank the predicted order of finish in the
divisions, pick a title game winner, name preseason offensive and defensive
players of the year and pick not a coach of the year, but just the best
coach in the Big Ten.
The preseason players of the year and best coach voting will be revealed on
Cleveland.com later today.
In the team voting, Nebraska and Wisconsin were the obvious choices.
In the Leaders Division, Wisconsin received 22 of 24 first-place votes, with
second-place Ohio State and third-place Penn State each receiving one vote.
Illinois was picked to finish fourth, Purdue fifth and Indiana sixth.
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In the Legends Division, Nebraska received 19 of 24 first-place votes, with
second-place Michigan State getting four. Iowa was picked third, while
fourth-place Michigan got one first-place vote, Northwestern was picked
fifth just behind the Wolverines and Minnesota was chosen sixth.
So Nebraska and Wisconsin were overwhelming choices. They will face each
other in primetime in Madison on the first weekend of the Big Ten season on
Oct. 1. And then most voters expect a rematch in the title game two months
Seventeen of 24 voters picked Nebraska vs. Wisconsin in the title game. This
is where it got tight. As we said, overall, Nebraska was picked as the
title winner 12 times, Wisconsin was named on 11 ballots and Michigan State
got the last vote.
So, Nebraska, enjoy your entrance into Big Ten play at Camp Randall, and
then get ready to face the Badgers again at a neutral site with even more on
Plain Dealer Big Ten Preseason Newspaper Poll
Title game winner: Nebraska 12, Wisconsin 11, Michigan State 1
Division predictions (first-place votes in parentheses)
* Voting on 6-5-4-3-2-1 point system
1. Nebraska (19) 139
2. Michigan State (4) 118
3. Iowa 82
4. Michigan (1) 71
5. Northwestern 69
6. Minnesota 25
1. Wisconsin (22) 141
2. Ohio State (1) 113
3. Penn State (1) 95
4. Illinois 76
5. Purdue 52
6. Indiana 27
Title game matchup predictions:
Nebraska over Wisconsin (10)
Wisconsin over Nebraska (7)
Wisconsin over Michigan State (3)
Nebraska over Ohio State (1)
Nebraska over Penn State (1)
Wisconsin over Michigan (1)
Michigan State over Wisconsin (1)
3Keep last year in mind. Don't get the hope too high.
4wis looks good
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: Keep last year in mind. Don't get the hope too high.