Cleveland.com released the unofficial Big Ten preseason poll today. Everyone in the media votes on this stuff, although not us because we’re not “media” sometimes although we are others. Bless and pray for those real media guys, I hope they all keep their jobs. That is NOT sarcasm.
Our beloved Huskers were picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten West behind Wisconsin, Minnesota, and those stinky hog-growing dirtbags from Iowa. There is no preseason hype going into the 2020 season, which might be all right given it will be the most “asterisk” season anyone will remember.
In a surprise (NOT), Ohio State was picked to win the Big Ten by everyone involved except for one person who must have said to themselves, “Let’s at least make this interesting...” while picking Penn State.
Ohio State’s Justin Fields was voted the favorite to win the Offensive Player of the Year, while Penn State’s Micah Parsons garnered the award on the defensive side of the ball.
Purdue’s Rondale Moore finished second offensively, with Rashod Bateman of Minnesota finishing third. Full results are below. Note there is no mention of Wan’Dale Robinson, but some boob felt necessary to vote for Ohio State’s center, Josh Myers. Cute. That and David Bell gets a mention, but no Wan’Dale. Screw you media people.
Robinson finished 6th in All-Purpose yardage last season, but gets no mention in all this? Not even a single vote? Not even from Nebraska’s media? WHAT THE HELL!
There were no Nebraska players mentioned on the defensive side of the ball either, because, dear God, do we even have a defense anymore? Sorry, it’s a depressing morning. Were I more positive right now, I’d say something along the lines of “THIS IS JUST MORE FUEL FOR OUR BELOVED BLACKSHIRTS TO PROVE EVERYONE WRONG!” WOoooooO!!!!
Here’s how the preseason picking went. Note that Minnesota wasn’t too far behind Wisconsin in the West. And then somebody voted for Northwestern to finish first, obviously because they’re smarter than everyone else, probably already have a working vaccine that turns their superbrain players into superhumans. It’s only a matter of time before the Wildcats are our new overlords. Boy, won’t that suck.
BIG TEN EAST
- Ohio State 237 points (33 first-place votes)
- Penn State 204 points (1)
- Michigan 169 points
- Indiana 134 points
- Michigan State 94 points
- Maryland 76 points
- Rutgers 38 points
BIG TEN WEST
- Wisconsin 221 points (19)
- Minnesota 209.5 (14)
- Iowa 157 points
- Nebraska 117 points
- Purdue 105 points
- Northwestern 87.5 points (1)
- Illinois 55 points
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Justin Fields, Ohio State QB, 101 points (33 first-place votes)
- Rondale Moore, Purdue WR, 38 points
- Rashod Bateman, Minnesota WR, 33 points (1)
- Tanner Morgan, Minnesota QB, 16 points
- Journey Brown, Penn State RB, 4 points
- Pat Freiermuth, Penn State TE, 4 points
- Wyatt Davis, Ohio State OG, 2 points
- David Bell, Purdue WR, 1 point
- Alaric Jackson, Iowa OT, 1 point
- Josh Myers, Ohio State C, 1 point
- Chris Olave, Ohio State WR, 1 point
- Michael Penix, Indiana QB, 1 point
- Trey Sermon, Ohio State RB, 1 point
PRESEASON BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Micah Parsons, Penn State LB, 102 points (34 first-place votes)
- Shaun Wade, Ohio State CB, 33 points
- George Karlaftis, Purdue DE, 20 points
- Paddy Fisher, Northwestern LB, 17 points
- Kwity Paye, Michigan DL, 11 points
- Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan DL, 6 points
- Zach Harrison, Ohio State DE, 3 points
- Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin LB, 2 points
- Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State LB, 2 points