Ohio State football named crushing 2021 Big Ten favorite in cleveland.com preseason poll – .

Ohio State football named crushing 2021 Big Ten favorite in cleveland.com preseason poll – .

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football begins the season with a first-time quarterback, a volatile running back situation and new starters more than halfway through its defensive positions.

These unknowns do not reduce the expectations of the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Conference.

Ohio State was the almost unanimous preseason favorite in the 2021 cleveland.com Big Ten preseason poll. All but one of our 34 voting panel members picked the Buckeyes – the four-time defending champions – to win the Big Ten East and the Championship game.

(NOTE: Due to a tabulation error, Ohio State was originally credited with being the unanimous choice to win the Big Ten Championship game.)

Voters picked Wisconsin as the Western favorite with 29 first-place votes. Iowa, second, received the other five first-place votes. One voter chose Wisconsin to defeat the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game.

Cleveland.com took on the responsibility of running the ballot for posterity when the Big Ten abandoned it 11 years ago. The panel included at least one beat writer from all 14 Big Ten teams and a few that span the league or have a national perspective.

• Olave elected offensive player of the year in pre-season

• Northwestern defender Brandon Joseph was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Ohio State has been voted preseason favorite for the seventh time in the past nine years. It barely came close to being the champion’s first unanimous pick since 2015. Michigan State won the Big Ten this season, with voters failing to predict the champion in each of the top six polls.

Each writer was asked to vote 1-7 in both divisions, with first-place votes worth seven points, second-place votes worth six, and so on.


1. Wisconsin (29 votes for first place) 233 points

2. Iowa (5) 202

3. Northwest 160

4. Minnesota 146

5. Nébraska 91.5

6. Purdue 72,5

7. Illinois 47


1. State of Ohio (34 votes for first place) 238

2. Penn State 192

3. Indiana 169

4. Michigan 144

5. Maryland 79

6. Rutger 77,5

7. Michigan State 52.5


Ohio state above Wisconsin (28)

Ohio State over Iowa (5)

Wisconsin sur Ohio State (1)


• Iowa received votes to finish anywhere from first to fifth in the West. Rutgers were the most polarizing team in the East, picked to finish from third to last.

• Many voters likely had to choose between Penn State and Indiana for second place in the East. They picked the Nittany Lions by a 23-11 margin on the second-place votes.

• Only one voter (Doug Lesmerises of cleveland.com) correctly picked Northwestern to win the West in the 2020 poll. Wisconsin and Minnesota were considered the top two contenders in the division, and the consensus vote chose the Wildcats for fifth. Instead, they reached the Big Ten Championship game for the second time in three years.

Looking back on the poll’s history, here are the league favorites and eventual champions from the Divisive Division, the title match introduction and the Big Ten dodging a full preseason standings.

2020 : Choice: State of Ohio. Actual: Ohio State

2019 : Choice: Michigan. Actual: Ohio State

2018 : Choice: State of Ohio. Actual: State of Ohio.

2017 : Choice: State of Ohio. Actual: State of Ohio.

2016 : Choice: State of Ohio. Actual: State of Penn.

2015 : Choice: State of Ohio. Actual: State of Michigan.

2014 : Choice: State of Michigan. Actual: State of Ohio.

2013 : Choice: State of Ohio. Actual: State of Michigan.

2012 : Choice: Michigan. Real: Wisconsin.

2011 : Choice: Nebraska. Real: Wisconsin.

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