And your 2014 Big Ten favorites are (drumroll please):
The Ohio State Buckeyes!
As one could probably predict, a poll of 29 writers who cover Big Ten football selected Ohio State as the favorite to win the Big Ten title heading into this season. The poll was headed by cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises and published Friday, with the Buckeyes named the most-likely Big Ten champ with 19 votes. Michigan State received nine votes, and Nebraska received one.
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Here are the projected Big Ten standings, per the poll:
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
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
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The voters were also asked to select their Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. Offensive honors went to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, with Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun the projected defensive winner.