Tony Lippett returns after catching 44 passes for 613 yards last season. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)
Ohio State was picked as the favorite to win the Big Ten championship in a poll of 29 reporters who cover conference teams.
The poll was organized by Doug Lesmerises of cleveland.com.
Nineteen of the 29 voters said Ohio State, from the East Division, would win the championship, nine picked Michigan State and one picked Nebraska.
Wisconsin is the favorite in the West Division.
This is the fourth year cleveland.com has run this poll. The Big Ten no longer organizes one.
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan State
4. Penn State