Media poll picks Ohio State to win Big Ten (surprise!)

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

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After the Big Ten realigned itself this past offseason, placing both Ohio State and Michigan State into its new East division, there's no way for the Buckeyes and Spartans to stage a rematch of their classic 2013 championship-game tilt in Indianapolis.

But if the results of cleveland.com's poll of the Big Ten media is to be believed, those two teams will wind up deciding the league championship anyway when they meet in East Lansing Nov. 8. Of the 29 writers polled, 19 picked Ohio State as the 2014 league champion, with Michigan State earning nine other first-place votes. One voter picked Nebraska.

Unlike other leagues, the Big Ten does not conduct its own preseason media poll.

Wisconsin was picked to win the new Big Ten West division, taking 14 first-place votes to runner-up Iowa's 9. The Huskers placed third in the division with five first-place votes, followed by Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue.

Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes and Spartans were considered the class of the East, being picked to finish 1-2. Michigan placed third, followed by Penn State, Maryland, Indiana and Rutgers.

For the full breakdown of voters and the voting, visit cleveland.com.

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