But given the media’s track record at picking the conference race, that might not be a good thing for the Badgers.
The poll had Nebraska, the Big Ten’s newest member, winning the Legends Division. The Cornhuskers also received one more vote than the Badgers to win the conference’s first championship game.
The writers also picked UW’s Bret Bielema as the top coach in the conference in a close vote, with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz second.
The Big Ten used to put out a preseason media poll, selecting the top three teams and players of the year on offense and defense. It was released on the first day of the kickoff event in Chicago, which begins on Thursday.
At the request of the league’s coaches, the Big Ten did away with the preseason poll this year and will only release a watch list of 10 players, selected by the media.
So, the Cleveland Plain Dealer put together its own poll, using two newspaper reporters that cover each of the 12 teams in the league. The voters in Wisconsin were Tom Mulhern of the State Journal and Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
UW received 22 of 24 first-place votes in the Leaders, with second-place Ohio State and third-place Penn State each receiving one vote.
Nebraska received 19 of 24 first-place votes in the Legends, with second-place Michigan State getting four. Fourth-place Michigan got one first-place vote.
Let's hope they are right. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!