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Buckeyes overwhelming favorite in Big Ten media poll

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer takes off his headset during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson, Saturday,, in Glendale, Ariz. Alabama has a chance to sign one of the top classes in recent recruiting history and Ohio State isn't far behind as high school senior football players across the country make their college decisions official in a Signing Day that doesn't feature as much suspense as usual. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Big Ten is wildly unique in that the conference does not conduct an official preseason football poll at its media day, despite selecting a preseason list of 10 outstanding players.

However, one veteran writer from cleveland.com solicited opinions of more than three dozen media members from around the conference. For the seventh straight year, the publication put together its unofficial rankings. Unsurprisingly, Ohio State came out on top.

The Buckeyes, who are expected to return 15 starters and field one of the best defensive lines in the country, received 29 of the 38 votes to win the Big Ten title. Urban Meyer's team earned 34 votes to win the East division.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett was not voted the offensive player of the year. That distinction went to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. However, Barrett's teammate, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, was picked as defensive player of the year.

Ohio State lost to eventual national champion Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl last season to finish 11-2.

Results below from cleveland.com.


BIG TEN EAST

1. Ohio State, 260 points (34 first-place votes)

2. Penn State, 231.5 (7)

3. Michigan, 192 (1)

4. Michigan State, 128

5. Indiana, 114

6. Maryland, 100.5

7. Rutgers, 38

(first-place votes equal more than 38 because of some ties for first)


BIG TEN WEST

1. Wisconsin, 259 points (31 first-place votes)

2. Northwestern, 219 (5)

3. Nebraska, 176.5 (2)

4. Iowa, 164.5

5. Minnesota, 131

6. Purdue, 57

6. Illinois, 57

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