Gophers picked to finish last in Big Ten's Legends Division

  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 6:23 AM

A poll of beat writers and bloggers projects the Gophers to finish last in the Big Ten's Legends Division.

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The Gophers think they can build off last year’s bowl game appearance and take another step forward in Year 3 of Jerry Kill’s rebuilding project this season, but beat writers from around the Big Ten are skeptical.

Minnesota was picked to finish last in the Legends Division, behind Iowa, in the poll of 26 writers — two beat writers for each of the 12 Big Ten schools and two Big Ten bloggers from ESPN.com — released Monday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Plain Dealer started the poll in 2011, after the Big Ten Conference stopped having writers pick the preseason conference favorite, as most conferences do.

Ohio State was a near unanimous pick this year to win the Leaders Division and the Big Ten Championship Game, which will be played Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. One writer picked Ohio State and Wisconsin to tie for the division title, with the Badgers winning the tiebreaker.

The writers selected Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller as the Big Ten’s preseason offensive player of the year, and Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier as the preseason defensive player of the year. Indiana was picked as the team most likely to surprise, while Michigan State was voted the team most likely to disappoint.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
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Houston
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Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
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Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Marshall 52 FINAL
Northern Ill 23
Navy 17 FINAL
San Diego St 16
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
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