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Three and Out - Three more preseason conference favorites named

As media days roll out at conferences across the country, we're keeping tabs on each league's preseason poll. In December, we'll check back in to see just how good (or bad) a given conference's coaches or media are at seeing the future. 

1. The Big Ten's media poll is a little different than other conferences. Instead of being run through the league office, the poll (which is in just its third year of existence) is run by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Also unlike other leagues, only 26 media members (two covering each of the 12 teams, plus two from ESPN.com) participate. Just like other conferences, however, the Big Ten media poll will be subject to ridicule should things turn out differently than anticipated in July. 

Ohio State will enter the fall as the largest conference championship favorite in college football, well ahead of Alabama in the SEC. Every single voter picked the Buckeyes to come out of the Leaders Division (with one thinking they advance in a tiebreaker over Wisconsin) and all but one sees Ohio State defeating the Legends Division champion in Indianapolis on Dec. 7. 

Leaders Division
1. Ohio State - (26 first-place votes) 155.5 total points
2. Wisconsin - (1) 128
3. Penn State - 104
4. Indiana - 74.5
5. Purdue - 52.5
6. Illinois - 31.5

Legends Division
1. Michigan - (14) 135.5
2. Nebraska - (14) 132.5
3. Michigan State - (4) 101.5
4. Northwestern - 95.5
5. Iowa - 43
6. Minnesota - 39

Big Ten Championship
1. Ohio State - 27
2. Michigan

2. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are newcomers to the ACC but, according to the conference's media poll, both will have to wait until year two to factor into the conference championship race. The Panthers and Orange are picked to finish fifth and sixh, respectively, in their divisions. However, a fellow pair of Big East refugees (Miami and Virginia Tech) are expected to battle for the Coastal Division title, while the Florida State-Clemson game will decide the Atlantic Division.

Atlantic Division
1. Clemson - (102) 815
2. Florida State - (18) 731
3. N.C. State - 490
4. Wake Forest - 392
5. Maryland - 373
6. Syracuse - 320
7. Boston College - 211

Coastal Division
1. Miami - (65) 736
2. Virginia Tech - (27) 654
3. North Carolina - (22) 649
4. Georgia Tech - (6) 522
5. Pittsburgh - 313
6. Virginia - 230
7. Duke - 228

ACC Championship
1. Clemson - 95
2. Florida State - 15
3. Georgia Tech - 3
    Miami - 3
    North Carolina - 3
6. Virginia Tech - 1

3. For the first time league's 15-year history, the Mountain West will hold a conference championship game and the MW media foresees a Boise State-Fresno State showdown. In all, the Broncos and Bulldogs claimed 79 of the 82 available first-place votes. Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State split the conference title last season, each holding a 7-1 conference record and losing only to each other. This will be the inaugural Mountain West season for Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State and Utah State. 

Mountain Division
1. Boise State - (40) 245
2. Utah State - (1) 204
3. Air Force - 143
4. Wyoming - 116
5. Colorado State - 90
6. New Mexico - 63

West Division
1. Fresno State - (39) 243
2. San Diego State - (1) 181
3. San Jose State - (1) 172
4. Nevada - 135
5. UNLV - 71
6. Hawaii - 59

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