Some media members are already picking the meme to live on — the Michigan Wolverines finishing fourth in their own division.
In a poll recently done by Cleveland.com, Big Ten writers concluded the Ohio State Buckeyes will once again win the East — and the Big Ten entirely — as the Buckeyes received 191.5 points and 23.5 first-place votes to win the division.
The Michigan State Spartans received 142 points, while the Penn State Nittany Lions received 141.5 points. Michigan received 140.5 points, making second, third and fourth place insanely close to the writers.
Fourteen writers picked the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten Championship Game, while 13 writers picked Wisconsin and one writer picked MSU.
Wisconsin was unanimously picked to win the West division.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was picked to be the conference’s offensive player of the year, while Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was picked to be the defensive player of the year.
Shea Patterson took seventh place (one point) in the offensive category, while Rashan Gary took second place (38 points), Devin Bush was fourth (14 points), Chase Winovich was seventh (two points) and Khaleke Hudson was tied for eighth (one point) in the defensive category.
Not a ton of love for Michigan in this poll, not shockingly of course. Until the Wolverines prove they can dig out of the fourth place spot in the Big Ten East, I don’t find anything like this surprising.
It’s truly time for the Wolverines to prove the doubters wrong.