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Nebraska was picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten West in the annual preseason media poll conducted by cleveland.com.
The Huskers received 91.5 points to land at fifth in the division. Wisconsin, with 233 points and 29 first-place votes, is the favorite to win the West. Iowa (202 points for second) was the only other team in the division to receive first-place votes with five.
Northwestern and Minnesota were also picked ahead of Nebraska, with Purdue and Illinois rounding out the division.
Last year the Huskers were picked to finish fourth in the West in the preseason poll and ultimately finished fifth at 3-5. In 2019, the Huskers were favored to win their division but finished sixth. And in 2018, Scott Frost’s first season, Nebraska was predicted to finish fourth but ended up in sixth.
Ohio State, which has won the last four Big Ten championships, is favored to win a fifth straight conference title. The Buckeyes received all 34 votes to win the division, and 33 to win the conference.
The predicted order of finish in the East: Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers and Michigan State.
Sam McKewon has another edition of his Big Red Mailbag, answering Husker fans' questions about Scott Frost, Trev Alberts, basketball recruiting and even Runza.
Big Ten West
1. Wisconsin (29 first-place votes) 233 points
2. Iowa (5) 202
3. Northwestern 160
4. Minnesota 146
5. Nebraska 91.5
6. Purdue 72.5
7. Illinois 47
Big Ten East
1. Ohio State (34 first-place votes) 238
2. Penn State 192
3. Indiana 169
4. Michigan 144
5. Maryland 79
6. Rutgers 77.5
7. Michigan State 52.5
Big Ten championship
Ohio State over Wisconsin (29)
Ohio State over Iowa (5)
From Nebraska's possible NIL recruiting edge to the Huskers' standing within the league, the Big Ten media days may offer a glimpse of NU football's 2021 season and more.