Wisconsin Predicted as 'Favorite' to Win Big Ten West by cleveland.com Media Poll
The Wisconsin Badgers come off a 2019 campaign where they won a division title and secured a Rose Bowl berth. That is cause for high expectations heading into this season.
The cleveland.com "2020 Preseason Big Ten Football Poll" was released on Friday morning, and UW was voted as the "favorite" to win the Big Ten West.
Wisconsin brought in 19 first-place votes and 221 total points to lock down the divisional honors. Finishing second, arch rival Minnesota picked up 14 votes for the West's top spot on way to 209.5 points.
Last year's Big Ten champion, Ohio State, reeled in 33 of 34 first-place votes for both the East division throne and also to repeat as conference titleholders.
According to the cleveland.com article:
The panel included at least one beat writer from all 14 Big Ten teams and a few who cover the entire league or have a national perspective.
Earlier this month, Sports Illustrated's Big Ten publishers announced their preseason all-conference team and predictions for the season.
In that process by nine publishers/writers, we picked the Buckeyes to claim the East and overall conference championship. The Badgers were predicted to take home the West division title.
2020 Wisconsin Watch List Candidates
- Inside linebacker Jack Sanborn: Chuck Bednarik Award watch list and Butkus Award watch list
- Quarterback Jack Coan: Davey O'Brien Award watch list, Maxwell Trophy watch list and Manning Award watch list
- Running back Nakia Watson: Doak Walker Award watch list
- Tight end Jake Ferguson: John Mackey Award watch list
- Safety Eric Burrell: Jim Thorpe Award watch list and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list
- Offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen: Outland Trophy watch list
- Safety Madison Cone: Wuerffel Trophy watch list
AllBadgers.com's 'Stellar, Standard and Subpar' Series
- Inside linebacker Jack Sanborn
- Running back Nakia Watson
- Outside linebacker Noah Burks
- Wide receiver Danny Davis
- Nose tackle Keeanu Benton
- Offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen
- Safety Eric Burrell
- Quarterback Jack Coan
AllBadgers.com's 20 in '20 Series:
- No. 1: Wisconsin's Deepest Position Groups
- No. 2: Wisconsin's Special Teams
- No. 3: Replacing Two Key Wisconsin Linebackers
- No. 4: 20 on '20: Wisconsin's Recruiting 'Upswing' in Recent Years
- No. 5: Tailgating Before, Attending Wisconsin Games at Camp Randall Stadium
- No. 6: Wisconsin's Running Back Room Post-Jonathan Taylor Era
- No. 7: Wisconsin's Wide Receivers and Replacing Three Contributors
- No. 8: Wisconsin's Deep Cornerback Room and a South Florida Connection
- No. 9: Jake Ferguson and What 2020 Could Bring
- No. 10: Wisconsin's Walk-On Tradition and Potential Contributors Next Season
- No. 11: David Moorman Discussing Wisconsin's Offensive Linemen
- No. 12: David Pfaff on Wisconsin's Defensive Line