Writers tab Nebraska as Big Ten favorite; IU expected to finish last in Leaders

The Big Ten changed direction this season for its Media Days poll, and instead of asking the media to pick its top teams or favorites for Offensive and Defensive Player of the year, it merely asked reporters to pick five “players to watch” in each division.

So Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer conducted his own poll to determine the league’s favorites.

He asked two reporters from the press corps of each school (including yours truly and Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel) to rank each team in both divisions, to rank the top three offensive players and defensive players in the league, and to rank the top three coaches. The individual polls will be released later.

Nebraska and Wisconsin were picked to win the Legends and Leaders Divisions respectively and Nebraska was picked by a narrow margin to win the title game. Indiana was picked to finish last in the Leaders Division. (Since I know you want to know, I gave IU a little benefit of doubt and picked the Hoosiers fifth in the league ahead of Purdue. Sorry, couldn’t see taking them over Illinois or Penn State).

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Lesmerises just posted the results of the player of the year polls. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was tabbed Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Nebraska’s Jared Crick is Defensive Player of the Year.



  1. We have to mnay red shirt seniors and leaders on this team to allow this to happen. Lets go Hoosiers!

  2. Dustin, I would say you picked IU appropriately. As much as I would like to see us go undefeated the reality is that we just don’t have comparable talent to Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. We definitely have a comparable coach, but with everything being equal coaching wise the diffence will be the talent that these other teams have at their disposal.

    Can I be so bold as to ask who your selections were for offensive and defensive players or who the five players to watch?

  3. The only thing interesting about sportswriters and the “Tab” is to watch them sprint for the door without picking it up!

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