Big Ten football numbers and names to know

Big Ten football numbers and names to know

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The Big Ten refuses to release preseason rankings for all 14 football teams. But a group of writers covering the league, including The News-Gazette’s Bob Asmussen, decided to create their own preseason poll. With special thanks to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, here are the results:


EAST (team, points)
1. Ohio State (23) 195
2. Michigan State (10) 180
3. Michigan 136
4. Penn State 105.5
5. Maryland 84
6. Indiana 78.5
7. Rutgers 33

WEST (team, points)
1. Wisconsin (15) 183.5
2. Iowa (11) 173
3. Nebraska (5) 157.5
4. Northwestern (1) 112
5. Minnesota 96.5
6. Illinois 58
7. Purdue 31.5

(First-place votes in parentheses; there are more than 29 first-place votes in each division because of ties)

Picks to win Big Ten Championship
Ohio State 19
Michigan State 9
Nebraska 1

Big Ten title-game matchup predictions
Ohio State over Wisconsin 12
Michigan State over Iowa 5
Ohio State over Iowa 4
Ohio State over Nebraska 3
Michigan State over Wisconsin 2
Michigan State over Nebraska 1
Michigan State over N’western 1
Nebraska over Ohio State 1

Offensive Player of the Year
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio St. QB 21
2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin RB 5
3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska RB 2
4. Christian Hackenberg, PSU QB 1

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Shilique Calhoun, Mich. St. 13
2. Randy Gregory, Nebraska 10
3. Michael Bennett, Ohio State 4
4. Joey Bosa, Ohio State 1
4. Jake Ryan, Michigan 1

Academic Progress Rate — Illinois
Since the NCAA started providing Academic Progress Rate data after the 2004-05 school year, here is how the Illinois football team has fared:
2004-05 — 918
2005-06 — 926
2006-07 — 930
2007-08 — 930
2008-09 — 951
2009-10 — 949
2010-11 — 953
2011-12 — 960
2012-13 — 957
(Note: APR represents a four-year rolling average and are subject to fluctuation as academic performance data from the most recent year are included.)

Academic Progress Rate — Big Ten
Idaho and UNLV's football teams aren't eligible for any postseason games this season because of Academic Progress Rate scores below 930 for the 2012-13 school year. Former Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino's Vandals achieved a 901, while UNLV tabulated a 925. According to the NCAA, the APRs represent a four-year rolling average and are subject to fluctuation, as academic performance data from the most recent year are included. How'd the Big Ten football teams fare when the data was revealed after the 2012-13 school year? A look at the numbers:
Northwestern — 991
Wisconsin — 989
Nebraska — 980
Rutgers — 980    
Michigan — 975
Indiana — 972
Ohio State — 972
Iowa — 969
Michigan State — 962
Minnesota — 962
Purdue — 961
Illinois — 957
Penn State — 954
Maryland — 950

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