Big Ten Media Day: BSB's B1G Picks

Big Ten Media Days kicked off Monday morning, and in the spirit of the event, BuckeyeSports.com makes some quick picks about the conference as the preseason nears.

Don't hold us to these, but with Big Ten Media Days kicking off Monday morning, BuckeyeSports.com thought it would be fun to put together some Big Ten picks.

Our full picks will be in the print issue of BSB that previews the season, but this is just a fun look at the conference as it heads into its first season with 14 teams.

Ryan Ginn
Top Two Finshers In The East: Ohio State, Michigan
Top Two Finishers In The West: Iowa, Wisconsin
Title Game Result: Ohio State over Iowa
Offensive Player Of The Year: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Defensive Player Of The Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Coach Of The Year: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Big Ten Surprise Team: Michigan
Disappointing Team: Michigan State
Will Kirk Ferentz deserve the Coach of the Year award he's about to win? No. But that's never stopped the last two decades of recipients. Iowa has what looks like one of the easiest schedules in the country other than maybe Marshall (seriously, look it up), and the Hawkeyes will find their way into the Big Ten title game as a result. They're not my surprise team because at least 15 teams in the country would go undefeated with that schedule. As for the Spartans -- just a gut feeling of mine that they won't be as good. And going from the Rose Bowl to third in their division would certainly qualify as a disappointment.

Marcus Hartman
Top Two Finshers In The East: Ohio State, Michigan
Top Two Finishers In The West: Iowa, Nebraska
Title Game Result: Ohio State over Nebraska
Offensive Player Of The Year: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Defensive Player Of The Year: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Coach Of The Year: Bo Pelini, Nebraska
Big Ten Surprise Team: Northwestern
Disappointing Team: Wisconsin
his should be another fascinating year in the Big Ten with the top two teams both absorbing significant losses in personnel but still looking like the class of the league. The West could be wild with no dominant team. Ohio State has some questions but the league's best coach and player, so betting against the Buckeyes is tough to do.

Jeff Svoboda
Top Two Finshers In The East: Ohio State, Michigan State
Top Two Finishers In The West: Iowa, Wisconsin
Title Game Result: Ohio State over Iowa
Offensive Player Of The Year: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Defensive Player Of The Year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
Coach Of The Year: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Big Ten Surprise Team: Iowa
Disappointing Team: Michigan
I am trying not to go too chalk here, but I have to in the East Division, where I think OSU and Michigan State are clearly the best two teams. I think Connor Cook comes back to earth some this year, though, and the Buckeyes win the division. On the other side, I like an Iowa team that returns most of its offense -- a grind-it-out, physical offense at that, a proven way to win in the Big Ten the past couple of years -- to upset Wisconsin and ride its easy schedule to a title-game appearance. Ironically, that'll give Kirk Ferentz yet another Big Ten coach of the year award. I just don't think it's the M's year up in Ann Arbor, and Brady Hoke could be on the way out. Other surprises in good way could be Northwestern, which returns Venric Mark and has to see better luck this year, and Maryland, which has a good enough offense to make a surprise upset somewhere along the line.


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