Badgers picked third in division in Big Ten Media Poll

MADISON (WKOW) — The external expectations will be considerably lower this upcoming season for the Badgers football team. They were picked to finish third in the Big Ten preseason media poll organized by Cleveland.com. Michigan was picked as the favorite over Ohio State to win the conference title.

BIG TEN EAST

1. Michigan, 222 points (20 first-place votes)

2. Ohio State, 214 points (14)

3. Michigan State, 156 points

4. Penn State, 154 points

5. Indiana, 86.5 points

6. Maryland, 82.5 points

7. Rutgers, 37 points

BIG TEN WEST

1. Nebraska, 198 points (14 first-place votes)

2. Iowa, 194.5 points (14)

3. Wisconsin, 172.5 points (4)

4. Northwestern, 142.5 points (1)

5. Purdue, 110.5 points

6. Minnesota, 100 points (1)

7. Illinois, 34 points

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor was tabbed as the heavy favorite as the Offensive Player of the Year in the conference. Taylor led the nation with 2,194 rushing yards last season.

PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB, 78 points (21 first-place votes)

2. Rondale Moore, Purdue WR, 36 points, (3)

3. Shea Patterson, Michigan QB, 31 points (4)

4. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska QB, 24 points (2)

5. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State RB, 13 points (3)

5. Justin Fields, Ohio State QB, 13 points (1)

7. Nate Stanley, Iowa QB, 4 points

8. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State QB, 2 points

9. K.J. Hamler, Penn State WR, 1 point

9. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin OL, 1 point

9. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa OL, 1 point

Ohio State’s Chase Young edged A.J. Epenesa of Iowa for the preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor.

PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Chase Young, Ohio State DE, 57 points (8 first-place votes)

2. A.J. Epenesa, Iowa DE, 52 points, (9)

3. Kenny Willekes, Michigan State DE, 41 points (10)

4. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern LB, 19 points (2)

5. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State DE, 16 points, (4)

6. Joe Bachie, Michigan State LB, 6 points (1)

7. Lavert Hill, Michigan CB, 5 points

8. Carter Coughlin, Minnesota DE, 4 points

9. Josh Metellus, Michigan S, 2 points

10. Micah Parsons, Penn State LB, 1 point

10. Joe Gaziano, Northwestern DE, 1 point

Lance Veeser

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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