CHICAGO (AP)—Ohio State is the media's pick to win the Big Ten and Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the offensive player of the year for the second straight season.
Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was tabbed the top defensive player again, making it the first time in 12 years that both preseason player of the year picks were repeat selections.
Iowa was picked to finish second and Wisconsin third. Only the top three teams of the preseason media poll are announced.
Ohio State (11-2 overall, 7-2 last season) is coming off a Rose Bowl victory over Oregon and has won at least a share of five straight Big Ten titles.
As for the future of Big Ten Football, there will be two six-team divisions starting next year.
The way Rich Rodriguez sees it, Michigan and Ohio State would sell out if they "played three times a week" so he wouldn't expect empty seats if they met twice in a season.
Critics worry that a title game could trip up a team in the running for a national championship. Another issue is maintaining rivalries, like Michigan against Ohio State.
Rodriguez, the Wolverines coach, says he would prefer to keep playing the Buckeyes on the final weekend "just from a tradition standpoint." If they were in separate divisions, that could mean playing twice - and possibly in consecutive games.