In one of the biggest surprises of the college football media days, Ohio State has been picked to win the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes received 26 first-place votes—just one away from unanimously winning the Leaders Division. Wisconsin was the only other team in the Leaders Division to earn a first-place vote.
The Legends Division was a lot more wide open and a number of teams could earn a bid to the conference title game. Michigan and Nebraska were tied with 14 first-place votes, but the Wolverines edged out the Cornhuskers with an overall score of 135.5. Michigan State also had four first-place votes and is expected to finish third in the division.
With the votes tallied, a lot of the Big Ten media expects Michigan and Ohio State to square off for the Big Ten title. Other possible scenarios include Ohio State-Nebraska and Ohio State-Michigan State.
A possible Michigan-Ohio State rematch in the Big Ten Championship would certainly make for interesting television. It would also add to the lengthy history of big games between the rivals.
However, Michigan fans shouldn't get their hopes up too high, as Ohio State received 25 out of 26 votes to win the conference. One voter picked Michigan to upset Ohio State.
The complete order of the finish can be viewed below, along with the different Big Ten Championship scenarios, per Meinke.
1. Ohio State 155.5 (26)
2. Wisconsin 128 (1)
3. Penn State 104
4. Indiana 74.5
5. Purdue 52.5
6. Illinois 31.5
1. Michigan 135.5 (14)
2. Nebraska 132.5 (14)
3. Michigan State 101.5 (4)
4. Northwestern 95.5
5. Iowa 43
6. Minnesota 38
Big Ten Championship picks
Ohio State over Nebraska (12)
Ohio State over Michigan (11)
Ohio State over Michigan State (2)
Michigan over Ohio State (1)