The Ohio State Buckeyes are likely going to be one of the best teams in the country going into the 2016 season and it looks like they will be favored to win the Big Ten this year. They were picked to do so in a media preseason poll on Friday.
Cleveland.com released their 2016 preseason poll on Friday and the Buckeyes topped it for the second year in a row. However, unlike 2015, it wasn’t a unanimous decision for Ohio State, but it was still overwhelming.
The Buckeyes received 27 of the 39 votes to win the Big Ten championship while rival Michigan received 11 and Iowa, who fell just short of winning the title last year, received only one vote. However, the site has not been correct in their preseason champion pick in the previous five years after Ohio State was the unanimous favorite to win in 2015 and Michigan State pulled out the championship victory.
For the division championships, 25 picked Ohio State to win the East, eight picked Michigan, five picked the two rivals to tie and one picked the Buckeyes, Wolverines and Spartans to tie. In the West, Iowa was the favorite with 32 votes, Nebraska received three, Wisconsin received two and one voted for Iowa and Minnesota to tie and Northwestern to win.
It is going to be interesting to see what happens going into the 2016 season. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 3 when they host the Bowling Green Falcons.