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What if Big Ten College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game?

J.T. Barrett

J.T. Barrett

Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level. What if each Power 5 league had an all-star game during the offseason or just after the year ended? The idea isn’t likely to come to fruition, but it is an interesting concept to ponder.

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How would a potential East vs. West All-Star Game this break down for the Big Ten in 2016? Athlon Sports’ Lance Dozier drafted a team for the West Division, while Steven Lassan drafted a team comprised of the best players from the East.

Which team has the advantage? 

Big Ten East All-Stars 

Offense

QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

RB LJ Scott, Michigan State

WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan

WR Chris Godwin, Penn State

AP Curtis Samuel, Ohio State

TE Jake Butt, Michigan

C Pat Elflein, Ohio State

OL Brian Allen, Michigan State

OL Mason Cole, Michigan

OL Dan Feeney, Indiana

OL Billy Price, Ohio State

Defense

DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State

DL Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State

DL Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
DL Chris Wormley, Michigan
LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

LB Riley Bullough, Michigan State

CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan

CB William Likely, Maryland

S Montae Nicholson, Michigan State

S Marcus Allen, Penn State

Special Teams

K Griffin Oakes, Indiana

P Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

RS Janarion Grant, Rutgers

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Big Ten East Team Analysis: The amount of talent in the East Division compared to the West is simply unfair in 2016. Selections from Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan dominate the All-Star team, with only two picks on offense – Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney – coming from outside of those three teams. There’s a similar theme on defense, as Maryland cornerback William Likely and Penn State safety Marcus Allen are the only selections outside of Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State. The depth and overall strength of this team continues on special teams with three likely All-Americans in place – kicker Griffin Oakes, punter Cameron Johnston and return specialist Janarion Grant. – Steven Lassan

Big Ten West All-Stars

Offense

QB C.J. Beathard, Iowa

RB Justin Jackson, Northwestern

RB Corey Clement, Wisconsin

WR Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska

WR DeAngleo Yancey, Purdue

TE Brandon Lingen, Minnesota

C Michael Dieter, Wisconsin

OL Sean Welsh, Iowa

OL Cole Croston, Iowa

OL Nick Gates, Nebraska

OL Jonah Pirsig, Minnesota

AP De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska

Defense

DL Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

DL Dawuane Smoot, Illinois

DL Parker Hesse, Iowa

DL Chikwe Obasih, Wisconsin

LB Anthony Walker, Northwestern

LB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

LB Josey Jewell, Iowa

CB Desmond King, Iowa

CB Joshua Kalu, Nebraska

S Nate Gerry, Nebraska

S Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern

Special Teams

K Drew Brown, Nebraska

P Sam Foltz, Nebraska

RS Solomon Vault, Northwestern

Big Ten West Team Analysis: It all starts up front they say. As usual, the Big Ten has some of the finest offensive lineman in the land year after year, and this season is no different. Sean Welsh from Iowa leads the group of the hogs. An underrated quarterback (C.J. Beathard) who thrives under pressure is under center and the one-two punch of Jackson and Clement would be a handful for defensive coordinators.

A weak spot on the club is the defensive line. Only two of the four are preseason all-conference, but the linebacker core can make up for it with the All-American Anthony Walker out of Northwestern anchoring the defense. The secondary has the lockdown corner you want with another first-team All-American in Iowa’s Desmond King, and a ball-hawk safety in Nebraska’s Nate Gerry. The Wildcats’ Solomon Vault headlines the special teams. - Lance Dozier