Football Tops Big Ten Preseason Media Poll

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Michigan football team has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten Conference in a poll of the media attending the 34th annual Big Ten Kickoff Event and Media Days held Aug. 1-2, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The Wolverines edged No. 2 Ohio State and 2004 co-champion and No. 3 Iowa for the preseason top honor. Iowa quarterback Drew Tate was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk picked up the preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season.

The Wolverines received the preseason nod for the fourth time in head coach Lloyd Carr's tenure and have been ranked among the top three in all 11 of his seasons. U-M has fulfilled the media's prediction on two of the three previous occasions (2000, 2004).

Carr begins his 11th season as head coach of the Wolverines and his 26th overall with the Michigan coaching staff. He has compiled a 95-29 overall record and a 63-17 mark against Big Ten opposition. Carr has guided the program to five Big Ten titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004) in the last eight years, including the 1997 national championship.

The Wolverines begin their quest for a third straight Big Ten title on Saturday, Sept. 3, against Northern Illinois at Michigan Stadium. The game will be broadcast regionally by ABC Sports at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Media Contacts: David Ablauf, Jim Schneider (734) 763-4423

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