Badgers picked to win the West in Big Ten preseason football poll

The Badgers are the unanimous favorites to repeat as Big Ten West Division champions again this season, according to the preseason football poll conducted by cleveland.com. The media poll favors Ohio State winning the Big Ten title this season with 14 votes. Although, Wisconsin did get 13 votes to win the conference.

Several prominent Badgers veterans earned votes in the Player of the Year polls. Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor came in second in the Offensive Player of the Year voting behind Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. Badgers linebacker TJ Edwards was third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was the top pick.

Here’s the cleveland.com preseason polls:

Big Ten West Division

1. Wisconsin (28 first-place votes)

2. Iowa

3. Northwestern

4. Nebraska

5. Purdue

6. Minnesota

7. Illinois

Big Ten East Division

1. Ohio State (23.5 first-place votes)

2. Michigan State (2 first-place votes)

3. Penn State (1 first-place vote)

4. Michigan (1.5 first-place votes)

5. Maryland

6. Indiana

7. Rutgers

Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

1. Trace McSorley – Penn State QB (14 first-place votes)

2. Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin RB (11 first-place votes)

3. JK Dobbins – Ohio State RB (2 first-place votes)

4. Brian Lewerke – Michigan State QB (1 first-place vote)

5. Dwayne Hoskins – Ohio State QB 

6. Noah Fant – Iowa TE

7. Shea Patterson – Michigan QB

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

1. Nick Bosa – Ohio State DE (20 first-place votes)

2. Rashan Gary – Michigan DE (6 first-place votes)

3. TJ Edwards – Wisconsin LB 

4. Devin Bush – Michigan LB (1 first-place vote)

5. Paddy Fisher – Northwestern LB

6. Joe Bachie – Michigan State LB

7. Chase Winovich – Michigan DE

8. D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin S

8. Olive Sagapolu – Wisconsin DT

8. Khaleke Hudson – Michigan LB

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