Badger Bits: Chris Borland is runner-up for preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, barely

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"Morning Links: A whole lot of unavoidable Ohio State news, not all of it good, though" Edition.

Big Ten Media Days are this Wednesday and Thursday -- our own Scott Wisniewski will be there covering the event for B5Q -- and that naturally brings along some additional preseason news we're kinda, sorta supposed to care about. Unfortunately, that naturally means almost all of it is Ohio State.

Ohio State Buckeyes nearly unanimous favorite to win Big Ten title in preseason media poll |

26 league writers voted in this preseason Big Ten poll, and 26 pegged the Buckeyes to win the Leaders Division and reach the conference championship game for the first time. One bold scribe did have Ohio State tying Wisconsin for the division, but nevertheless advancing to Indianapolis by way of tiebreaker.

In the Legends Division, Michigan barely edged Nebraska by a margin of 135.5 to 132.5 points. The article lays out the voting procedure, but c'mon now -- let's not let preseason polls extend themselves into decimal points.

Ohio State junior LB Ryan Shazier named Big Ten defensive player of year in preseason media poll |

OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier grabbed preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year "honors" with 16 of 26 votes, but Chris Borland got four and is the runner-up, so at least we got a Badger high up on the list.

The other top choices: Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough (three votes), Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (two) and Northwestern defensive lineman Tyler Scott (one).

Many expecting success for Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen |

A great read from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus, who spent some time out in Utah to talk to the people Gary Andersen left behind in coming to Wisconsin. There's really no negative reaction, which is telling. This might be the greatest takeaway quote:

"If Wisconsin hired Gary to maintain where they are," [Utah State athletic director Scott] Barnes said, "they got the wrong guy.

"He is not about maintaining. He is about building and improving."

Carlos Hyde named as person of interest in Columbus PD investigation | Land-Grant Holy Land

Uhh, back to Ohio State. This could be very big: OSU running back Carlos Hyde has been named a person of interest in an investigation of a Saturday morning assault case in Columbus, Ohio. There's been an insane amount of Twitter chatter this morning, and you can find it all on @Landgrant33's Twitter feed. There's still plenty to unfold here, but this situation clearly could have significant ramifications for Big Ten football this season.

Don't Miss: Episode 3 of the Kielbasa Kings Sports Extravangaza. Jake and Scott talk with former Badgers and current San Diego Chargers cornerback Marcus Cromartie about his NFL future, plus a preview of Packers training camp.

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