Writers pick Michigan to win Legends division, MSU to finish third

(WXYZ) - The writers for the Big Ten picked Ohio State to run away with the Big Ten, but have also chosen Michigan as the preseason winner of the Legends Division this season.

Though both teams finished with 14 first-place votes, Michigan edged Nebraska to win the Legends after the majority of writers predicted Michigan would win the tie breaker, leaving Michigan with 135.5 overall points to Nebraska's 132.5.

Michigan State was picked third in the Legends division.

The predictions were released today by way of Cleveland.com after a poll of 26 Big Ten writers. The writers ranked each of the six teams in both the Legends and Leaders Division, with each first place vote worth six points.

Ohio State received all 26 first-place votes and was selected to win the Leaders Division and the Big Ten championship with 155.5 points. The Wolverines were the only other team aside from the Buckeyes to receive a vote to win the Big Ten title. Michigan State was predicted to be third in the Legends with four first-place votes and 101.5 points.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was selected to win the Big Ten preseason offensive player of the year after receiving 24 votes. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez both received one vote a piece.

Cleveland.com has been conducting the poll for the past two years after the Big Ten stopped asking media to predict players of the year and champions.

After two years of polling, the Big Ten writers are 0-2 in picking title game winners and 1-4 in choosing division champions.

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