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Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big Ten for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa

The balance of power in the Big Ten clearly rests with Ohio State and the East Division in 2015. The Buckeyes are a heavy favorite to repeat as college football’s national champion, and one look at the expert poll results for the best players in the Big Ten solidifies why coach Urban Meyer’s team is the No. 1 pick for 2015.

Ohio State had four players voted among the top six, including two quarterbacks – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – while defensive end Joey Bosa was voted No. 1 among the experts polled by Athlon Sports. Additionally, Michigan State had two of the top six selections in this poll, and no player from a West Division team finished among the top 10 in this vote.

With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to answer this question: Who are the best 15 players in the Big Ten for 2015?

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In order to rank the top 15 players in the Big Ten for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.

A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.

The Voters

Ranking the Big Ten's Best Players for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Rank

Player

Team

Total Points

1

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State(24 first-place votes)

501

2

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State(7 first-place votes)

471

3

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State(2 first-place votes)

392

4

J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State(2 first-place votes)

337

5

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

317

6

Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

243

7

Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State

238

8

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

225

9

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

214

10

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

183

11

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin

169

12

Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

153

13

Jack Allen, C, Michigan State

116

14

Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska

96

15

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

68

16

Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

63

17

Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

56

18

Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

46

19

De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR/RS, Nebraska

32

20

DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State

29

21

Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State

27

22

Michael Caputo, S, Wisconsin

23

23

Drew Ott, DE, Iowa

22

24

Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

21

25

Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern

14

26T

Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota

11

26T

Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana

11

26T

Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State

11

29

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

10

30T

Pat Elflein, OG, Ohio State

9

30T

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

9

32T

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

7

32T

De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota

7

34T

William Likely, CB, Maryland

6

34T

Tyler Marz, LT, Wisconsin

6

34T

Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska

6

34T

Tanner McEvoy, WR/S, Wisconsin

6

34T

Brad Craddock, P, Maryland

6

39T

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

5

39T

Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois

5

39T

Ja'Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue

5

39T

Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska

5

43T

Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan

4

43T

Dan Voltz, C, Wisconsin

4

45T

Jake Duzey, TE, Iowa

3

45T

Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota

3

47

Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana

2

48T

Frankie Williams, DB, Purdue

1

48T

Sam Foltz, P, Nebraska

1

48T

Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin

1

48T

Lawrence Thomas, DE/DT, Michigan State

1