Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Media picks Ohio State to win Big Ten football title; Brewers have held opponents scoreless for 35 innings…
Wisconsin will not win its fourth straight Big Ten football championship this fall, if a pre-season media poll turns out to be correct.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer commissions the poll, which came out this morning. It gives Ohio State the nod in the conference title game over Nebraska, Michigan or Michigan State.
The Big Ten coaches used to have a pre-season poll, but they don’t anymore. The media poll surveys reporters who cover all 12 Big Ten schools.
Ohio State was projected to win the Leaders Division with 26 first-place votes. Wisconsin was picked to take second, and had one first-place vote. Penn State was third.
Michigan had a slight edge over Nebraska in the Legends Division, with Michigan State placing third.
Reporters were asked to name their “surprise” and “disappointing” teams for this fall. Indiana was projected as the surprise team, while Michigan State was picked to disappoint.
Three WIAC teams make Top 25 in Division III
Three Wisconsin teams made DThreeFootball.Com’s pre-season Top 25 national poll.
UW-Whitewater is ranked at No. 9 in the new survey. UW-Platteville is 11th and UW-Oshkosh 12th.
Whitewater made the pre-season Top 10 even though it failed to make the NCAA Division III playoffs last year following three straight national championships. Whitewater had three losses in 2012 – tied with North Central and Bethel for the most defeats of any Top 10 school.
Platteville went 8-2 a year ago. Oshkosh went 13-1, with its only loss coming in the Division III playoffs behind quarterback Nate Wara, who graduated this year.
Brewers on a roll
Tom Gorzelanny will try to extend the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching streak of 35 scoreless innings Monday night, when the Crew opens a four-game home series against San Diego.
The Brewers set a new team record Sunday, shutting out the Miami Marlins in three straight victories at Miller Park. They broke their old mark of 31 scoreless innings set in 1990, which was also the last time Milwaukee pitched three shutouts in a row.
The Crew has recorded eight shutouts in its last 31 games, but it hasn’t helped much in the standings as Milwaukee remains three and a half behind next to last place Chicago in the National League Central.
Gorzelanny, a veteran left-hander, has not given up an earned run in 12 innings in his last two starts. He lost both those games because the Brewers’ offense only gave him a total of one run.
Gorzelanny earned a spot in the Milwaukee rotation for the rest of the season after pitching in long relief for most of the first half. He’s 1-3 on the year with a 1.88 ERA.
The Padres will send right-hander Andrew Cashner to the Monday tonight. He’s 5-5 with a 3.81 ERA.
The San Diego offense has not given him much help either, scoring just seven runs in his last five starts. The Padres are last in the West at 13 games below .500.