Big Ten media members say the Wisconsin Badgers will win the west division this football season.
The pre-season media poll was released Friday. The Badgers were given 31 of the 38 first-place votes, with Northwestern picked to finish second and Nebraska third. Five voters said Wisconsin will make the College Football Playoff. The Ohio State Buckeyes were the choice to win the east division and the Big Ten Championship game. They were followed by Penn State and Michigan. Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook and tight end Troy Fumagalli were among the top-10 choices for the Big Ten pre-season offensive player of the year. Inside linebackers Jack Cichy and T-J Edwards were among the top-10 choices for pre-season defensive player of the year.