The annual Big Ten media days will be kicking off this week in Indianapolis, and that means it’s almost time to start gearing up for the start of the 2022 college football season.
That of course means that you can see your Ohio State Buckeyes performing athletic feats of endeavors on your television screen soon, but it also means that it’s time for the annual Cleveland.com poll that asks Big Ten writers to pick the winner of each division and conference champion.
As you would imagine, with so much coming back, the writers have a high opinion of the Buckeyes, but just how high?
It must be noted before we did into all of it, that this is the 12th year of the Cleveland.com poll. It fills a void left when the Big Ten stopped polling and publishing their own preseason efforts of the same. It hasn’t necessarily been the most accurate, picking the conference champion just three times during the twelve years.
Still, onward and upward we go with the results of this year’s 36-member panel.
First up…the West Division
Western Division | First Place – Wisconsin Badgers
246 points (31 first-place votes)
Western Division | Second Place-Iowa Hawkeyes
198 points (3 first-place votes)
Western Division | Third Place – Minnesota Golden Gophers
162 points (2 first-place votes)
Western Division | Fourth Place – Purdue Boilermakers
Western Division | Fifth Place – Nebraska Cornhuskers
123 points (31 first-place votes)
Western Division | Sixth Place – Illinois Fighting Illini
Western Division | Seventh Place-Northwestern Wildcats
NEXT… The EAST Division
Eastern Division | First-Place – Ohio State Buckeyes
252 points (36 first-place votes)
Eastern Division | Second Place-Michigan Wolverines
Eastern Division | Third Place – Penn State Nittany Lions
Eastern Division | Fourth Place – Michigan State Spartans
Eastern Division | Fifth Place – Maryland Terrapins
Eastern Division | Sixth Place – Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Eastern Division | Seventh Place-Indiana Hoosiers
NEXT … Big Ten Championship game prediction
Big Ten Championship Game Predictions
Top Matchup Predictions
Ohio State over Wisconsin (31 votes)
Ohio State over Iowa (3 votes)
Ohio State over Minnesota (2 votes)
Other Poll Notes according to Cleveland.com
OTHER POLL NOTES
• There is little consensus behind Wisconsin in the West, as every team received a vote to finish as high as third.
Iowa received first-place votes and a seventh-place vote. Minnesota was picked to finish anywhere from second through fifth. Purdue, Nebraska and Illinois were all picked as high as second and as low as seventh. Last-place pick Northwestern received a third-place vote.
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