ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 28: Blake Corum #2 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to get around the tackle of Ji'Ayir Brown #16 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the second half at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

If you’re a fan of Michigan and Michigan State football, here’s some bad news.

According to a ranking organized by, Michigan and Michigan State are towards the bottom of the preseason poll ranking.

The poll, which is taken from panel of at least one beat writer from all 14 Big Ten teams, shows Ohio State as the favorite to win its fifth consecutive Big Ten championship. Insert sad face here. I lived in Columbus for a while, so I knew how passionate they get about their football, but five in a row is a bit excessive.

Michigan comes in at No. 4, which isn’t too bad, but not exactly the top tier. Michigan State is dead last at No. 7.

View the results below.


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


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

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