In a 26-person media poll organized by The Plain Dealer, Michigan just edged out Nebraska as the preseason favorite to the win the Legends Division.
To no surprise, Ohio State was selected on the Leaders side and was the clear favorite to win the Big Ten Championship game. Only one media member selected the Buckeyes to lose in Indianapolis.
Michigan finished with 135.5 points while Nebraska had 132.5. Each team got 14 first-place votes – 10 to finish first alone and four to finish in a tie for first. Michigan State was the third choice with 101.5 points and the Spartans picked up four first-place votes, one alone and three in ties.
Here is how the standings worked out:
1. Michigan 135.5 (14)
2. Nebraska 132.5 (14)
3. Michigan State 101.5 (4)
4. Northwestern 95.5
5. Iowa 43
6. Minnesota 38
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has been dismissed from the team after an incident over the weekend. Hyde is a person of interest by police in an assault.
Hyde was a workhorse for the Ohio State offense down the stretch last season. In the Buckeyes last three games, he recorded nearly 20 carries a game and racked up almost a 125 yards a contest. With more focus put on Braxton Miller by defenses, Hyde was expected to be a big play-maker this fall.
A member of the Doak Walker Watch List, Hyde was expected to contend for All-First team Big Ten honors this season.
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