Big Ten Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Athlon reviews the Big Ten and looks ahead to the second half of 2016.

Ohio State entered the 2016 with just six returning starters, but the Buckeyes quickly reloaded behind coach Urban Meyer and quarterback J.T. Barrett and hits the midpoint of the year as one of the favorites to win the national title. While the Buckeyes are considered the top team in the Big Ten, there isn't much separation to the No. 2 team - Michigan. The Wolverines remain undefeated entering Week 8 and are likely to be 11-0 when they head to Columbus on Nov. 26. The biggest surprise in the East Division has been the drop off of Michigan State. At 2-4, the Spartans will need a lot of help just to get to a bowl in 2016.

 

The West Division features three teams battling for the top spot. Wisconsin has faced one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2016 and still has to take on Nebraska and Iowa. The Cornhuskers are off to a fast start (6-0) but the toughest part of the schedule remains for coach Mike Riley. Despite a loss to Northwestern, Iowa is still in good shape to contend for the division crown. 

 

Here are some award winners, plus second-half predictions from the Big Ten in 2016: 

 

Big Ten Midseason Review and Second-Half Predictions

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

J.T. Barrett

QB, Ohio State

J.T. Barrett

QB, Ohio State

J.T. Barrett

QB, Ohio State

Saquon Barkley

RB, Penn State

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Jabrill Peppers

LB, Michigan

Jabrill Peppers

LB, Michigan

Jack Cichy

LB, Wisconsin

Jabrill Peppers

LB, Michigan

 

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Mike Weber

RB, Ohio State

Mike Weber

RB, Ohio State

Alex Hornibrook

QB, Wisconsin

Mike Weber

RB, Ohio State

 

Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Rashan Gary

DL, Michigan

Rashan Gary

DL, Michigan

Nick Bosa

DL, Ohio State

Rashan Gary

DL, Michigan

 

Coach of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Urban Meyer

Ohio State

Urban Meyer

Ohio State

Urban Meyer

Ohio State

Mike Riley

Nebraska

 

Coordinator of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Don Brown

DC, Michigan

Don Brown

DC, Michigan

Don Brown

DC, Michigan

Greg Schiano

Co-DC, OSU

 

Best Coordinator Hire for 2016

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Don Brown

DC, Michigan

Don Brown

DC, Michigan

Justin Wilcox

DC, Wisconsin

Justin Wilcox

DC, Wisconsin

 

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Ryan Ramczyk

OL, Wisconsin

Hardy Nickerson

LB, Illinois

Richard Lagow

QB, Indiana

Robert Landers

DL, Ohio State

 

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Michigan State

(Record)

Michigan State

(Record)

Nebraska

Michigan State

(Record & Defense)

 

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB

Michigan at

Ohio State

(Nov. 26)

Michigan at

Ohio State

(Nov. 26)

Michigan at

Ohio State

(Nov. 26)

Michigan at

Ohio State

(Nov. 26)

 

Projected Order of Finish
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

J.P.

Scott

Kevin

McGuire

  @AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @TheJPScott @KevinonCFB
East        
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
West        
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
Big Ten Title        
 

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Event Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 22:37

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