On Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, the Big Ten will finally take part in their annual media days. With every other conference done with their respective media circus, the Big Ten will take its turn at the Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. What usually comes with these types of things is that the media votes on who they believe will come out as conference champion. The Big Ten however does not do that. Well not officially by them anyways.
Cleveland.com partnered with the The Plain Dealer to gather 29 Big Ten writers and compiled a poll of who they think will win each division and come out on top as conference champion.
Really no surprise as the Ohio State Buckeyes were picked to win the East division and also the Big Ten championship with 19 total votes. Next was Michigan State with 9 total votes and the lone vote-getter from the West division was Nebraska.
That means that not one of the 29 writers polled picked the Wisconsin Badgers to win the Big Ten. What’s interesting is that the Badgers were picked to win the West division title, but couldn’t muster up one single vote for overall crown. Nebraska was picked to finish third in the West.
In my opinion, I don’t know if the Badgers could pull off another Big Ten championship. It would be a tall task, but I thought for sure at least one the writers polled would take a chance on Bucky. I am happy that they have Wisconsin winning the West as they have an opportunity for years to come to own that division.