Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 9.28

Nebraska's Dedrick Mills looks for running room against Ohio State's Brendon White during the third quarter in September 2019 at Memorial Stadium.

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Last year, Nebraska carried a considerable amount of buzz through the summer. 

This year, Big Ten reporters are taking a more cautious approach. 

The league's unofficial preseason media poll, conducted by Cleveland.com, pegged the Huskers fourth in the Big Ten West on Friday morning, marking a stark contrast from last year when NU was picked as the division favorite. 

Ohio State is the clear favorite in the East — the Buckeyes picked up 33 of 34 first-place votes — while Wisconsin (19) edged Minnesota (14) as the preseason favorite in the West. 

All but one of the 34 voters picked OSU to ultimately win the division. 

The voting panel also named OSU quarterback Justin Fields the preseason player of the year followed by Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore and Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman. 

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons was unanimously named the preseason defensive player of the year, followed in the voting by Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade and Purdue defensive lineman George Karlaftis. 

Here's the order for the divisions, with first-place votes in parentheses. 

West

1. Wisconsin (19)

2. Minnesota (14) 

3. Iowa 

4. Nebraska

5. Purdue 

6. Northwestern (1) 

7. Illinois 

East 

1. Ohio State (33) 

2. Penn State (1) 

3. Michigan 

4. Indiana

5. Michigan State 

6. Maryland

7. Rutgers

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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