** While Ohio State is again favored to win the Big Ten, a healthy contingent of media members is backing Michigan. Going with the Maize and Blue is a trendy and gutsy pick that downplays several key factors:
1) The Wolverines have no one on the roster with significant Big Ten experience behind center. John O’Korn played quarterback for the Houston Cougars in 2013, but an AAC secondary is not the caliber of a Big Ten secondary. Wilton Speight finished the Minnesota game last year after an injury to Jake Rudock, but those were the only meaningful snaps he took all season.
2) Coach Jim Harbaugh has never won a division as an FBS coach, much less a league championship in big time college football.
3) Michigan plays both of its biggest rivals (Michigan State, Ohio State) on the road. The Wolverines have lost seven of their last eight games against the Spartans and 10 of their last 11 against the Buckeyes. Michigan’s not likely to reverse the tendencies with games in enemy stadiums.