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Michigan gets zero first place votes for new East Division

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Remember the days when it was Michigan, Ohio State then everyone else in the Big Ten? Well those days seem long gone at this point, especially with the release of the new media rankings for this season in the Big Ten. After a disappointing 7-6 2013 that included a 3-5 B1G record and 31-14 blowout loss to the Kansas State Wildcats in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the media hype surrounding the team just isn’t there. In fact it’s pretty much non-existent since no one picked the Wolverines to finish atop the Big Ten Eastern Division.

Here’s how it stacks up:

EAST

1. Ohio State, 195 points (23 first-place votes)

2. Michigan State, 180 points (10)

3. Michigan, 136 points

4. Penn State, 105.5 points

5. Maryland, 84 points

6. Indiana, 78.5 points

7. Rutgers, 33 points

WEST

1. Wisconsin, 183.5 points (15 first-place votes)

2. Iowa, 173 points (11)

3. Nebraska, 157.5 points (5)

4. Northwestern, 112 points (1)

5. Minnesota, 96.5 points

6. Illinois, 58 points

7. Purdue, 31.5 points

* there are more than 29 first-place votes in each division because of ties

Picks to win Big Ten Championship

Ohio State 19

Michigan State 9

Nebraska 1

Big Ten title game matchup predictions

Ohio State over Wisconsin, 12

Michigan State over Iowa, 5

Ohio State over Iowa, 4

Ohio State over Nebraska, 3

Michigan State over Wisconsin, 2

Michigan State over Nebraska, 1

Michigan State over Northwestern, 1

Nebraska over Ohio State, 1

Voters (two who cover each school were asked to vote. Only one vote was received for Maryland)

Ohio State: Doug Lesmerises, Ari Wasserman

Michigan State: Mike Griffith, Kyle Austin

Michigan: Nick Baumgardner, Brendan Quinn

Penn State: Bob Flounders, Audrey Snyder

Indiana: Dustin Dopirak, Zach Osterman

Maryland: Matt Zenitz

Rutgers: Dan Duggan, Keith Sargeant

Wisconsin: Tom Mulhern, Jeff Potrykus

Iowa: Marc Morehouse, Scott Dochterman

Nebraska: Brian Christopherson, Sam McKewon

Northwestern: Teddy Greenstein, Kevin Trahan

Minnesota: Joe Christensen, Marcus Fuller

Illinois: Bob Asmussen, Steve Greenberg

Purdue: Mike Carmin, Pete DiPrimio

League: Adam Rittenberg, Phil Steele

Now I know media rankings and predictions at this point are pretty meaningless. Not to mention you’d have to figure finishing third in East could mean the dismissal of head coach Brady Hoke. I guess in the end though you really can’t be too surprised on what the media came up with here… then again though even Northwestern in the West managed to garner a first place vote.

About Adam Hernandez

Adam Hernandez is the founder of The Majors Sports Network and is currently the lead editor of The Majors Ann Arbor.

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