Penn State is likely to be a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten East team, according to the 34 sports writers who participated in Cleveland.com's ninth annual B1G poll. The Lions landed at fourth in the division behind favorite Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State. Indiana, Maryland, and Rutgers rounded out the division while the Wolverines and Buckeyes were the only teams to garner any first-place votes.
Full poll results:
Big Ten East
- 1. Michigan, 222 points (20 first-place votes)
- 2. Ohio State, 214 points (14)
- 3. Michigan State, 156 points
- 4. Penn State, 154 points
- 5. Indiana, 86.5 points
- 6. Maryland, 82.5 points
- 7. Rutgers, 37 points
Big Ten West
- 1. Nebraska, 198 points (14 first-place votes)
- 2. Iowa, 194.5 points (14)
- 3. Wisconsin, 172.5 points (4)
- 4. Northwestern, 142.5 points (1)
- 5. Purdue, 110.5 points
- 6. Minnesota, 100 points (1)
- 7. Illinois, 34 points
Clearly Penn State's fizzle to end 2018, along with the losses of Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders have many people down on the Lions.
While it's no surprise the four East powers will decide the shape of the division, the West is truly anyone's guess. The love for Nebraska continues unabated, and the division could legitimately be won by six different teams. One of the writers even picked Northwestern (???) to win the Big Ten title game over Michigan.
What do you think? Are the Lions overlooked? Slotted just right?