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Big Ten Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Trace McSorley, Penn State Nittany Lions Football

Trace McSorley, Penn State Nittany Lions Football

The 2017 college football season has reached the halfway point in the Big Ten, and it’s time to hand out midseason awards and make a few predictions for the second half of the year. With Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin each ranked inside of the top 10 of most polls, the Big Ten has strength at the top. The Buckeyes lost to Oklahoma in early September, but the offense seems to be finding its rhythm at the right time. It’s no secret Penn State has plenty of firepower on offense, as quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley are two of the top players in the Big Ten. However, the defense has quietly dominated through the first seven weeks, limiting opponents to just nine points a game. Wisconsin has cruised to a 6-0 start and faces a favorable schedule into the second half of 2017. The Nov. 18 matchup against Michigan could be the only obstacle to an undefeated regular season for the Badgers. Michigan State is one of the nation’s biggest surprises at the midway point. Coach Mark Dantonio’s team has already exceeded (five) last year’s win total (three) and scored a win over rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are once again dominant on defense, but the offense continues to struggle in the passing game.

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Editors Mitch Light and Steven Lassan offer their up their picks for midseason awards and second-half predictions in the Big Ten. 

Big Ten Midseason Awards and Second-Half Predictions

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven
Lassan

Mitch Light

Saquon Barkley RB, Penn State

Saquon Barkley RB, Penn State

Defensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Josey Jewell LB, Iowa

Josey Jewell LB, Iowa

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Jonathan Taylor RB, Wisconsin

Jonathan Taylor RB, Wisconsin

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Freshman of the Year (Defense)

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Josiah Scott CB, Michigan State

Shaka Toney  DE, Penn State

Coach of the Year

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Mark Dantonio Michigan State

Mark Dantonio Michigan State

Coordinator of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Don Brown DC, Michigan

Don Brown DC, Michigan

Best Coordinator Hire of 2017

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kevin Wilson OC, Ohio State

Jim Leonhard DC, Wisconsin

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Nick Nelson CB, Wisconsin

Kendall Sheffield CB, Ohio State

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven Lassan

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Michigan State

Michigan's Offense

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Penn State at Ohio State

Penn State at Ohio State

Projected Order of Finish

 

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Mitch Light

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