Big Ten Media Days are just around the corner, and while the conference doesn’t have an official preseason poll, the folks at Cleveland.com have put together a media poll each of the last five years. The 2016 poll was recently released and perhaps no one is shocked by the results of the votes of 39 selected media members (yours truly not amongst them).
According to the report in the Wisconsin State Journal, Ohio State received 27 votes to win the Big Ten championship, with 24 of those 27 votes believing it would be Iowa taking on the Buckeyes in Indianapolis this December.
Michigan, who has been a hot pick for a top 10 position in preseason polls was only picked to win the conference title by 11 members of the media and Iowa received just one lone pick as the conference title winner.
In an indication of how crazy the Big Ten West division is likely to be, three different teams received votes to win the division crown. Iowa led the way, but Nebraska and Wisconsin also received votes to win the West.
Following up on the Hawkeyes, it was Nebraska picked second and Wisconsin third in the West division. Rounding out that division were Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue.
In the East it was Ohio State, followed by Michigan and Michigan State in the top three positions. Rounding out that division were Penn State, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers.
Perhaps the most interesting preseason poll by the media was on who would be the defensive Player of the Year. Instead of going with the returning Thorpe Award winning Desmond King, the media selected Michigan cornerback turned linebacker Jabrill Peppers.
The Offensive Player of the Year was a runaway, with Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett taking home the honors in a landslide over the likes of Saquaon Barkley, C.J. Beathard, Justin Jackson and Corey Clement.
While these are all fun to look at and chat about, the media hasn’t exactly been on its game as of late. In fact, it has failed to correctly pick the winner of the Big Ten every year this poll has been in existence (the last five years).
Can year six break the mold?