Michigan was picked to finish 2nd in the Big Ten in an unofficial poll of conference media members.
The poll was conducted by Brendan Quinn of the Athletic and Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch and included 27 writers who cover teams in the Big Ten. All votes, including my own (the only ballot that picked Indiana to win the league), can be found here.
Michigan was picked to win the league by 4 of 28 participants (Bill Landis, Alex Bozich, David Jones and Chad Leistikow) and was also picked as low as fourth by two participants (Brendan Quinn and Zach Osterman).
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The complete predicted order of finish is as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):
- Michigan State (21)
- Michigan (4)
- Indiana (1)
- Purdue (1)
- Ohio State
- Penn State
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards was tabbed as preseason Player of the Year while Indiana’s Romeo Langford was the consensus pick as preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Ethan Happ received 4 votes for Player of the Year and Michigan’s Charles Matthews also received one.
The preseason All-Big Ten team (number of votes in parenthesis) features Carsen Edwards (28), Ethan Happ (28), James Palmer Jr. (23), Cassius Winston (16) and Juwan Morgan (12).