Through seven weeks of the college football season, there’s a lot of football left to be played.
But, if the season ended today, ESPN released its predictions for Big Ten award winners and the results may or may not shock you — depending on which team you root for.
The ESPN Big Ten reporters predict the offensive and defensive players of the year after each week and this week, they also added in defensive lineman of the year.
Starting with the offense, though, in no surprise, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett was the winner of the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year award.
Barrett recently led his team to a big road win over Wisconsin and has completed 96 passes for 1,207 yards and 16 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season.
Behind him in the voting was Buckeye running back Curtis Samuel, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr and Wildcat running back Justin Jackson.
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley also received votes.
For the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, another Buckeye is projected to win. Defensive back Malik Hooker has 29 tackles, two for a loss and four interceptions this year.
In no surprise, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers was right behind Hooker in the No. 2 spot, followed by Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, Wildcats defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and Iowa corner Desmond King.
Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson and Wolverines corner Jourdan Lewis also received votes.
Finally, for the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, Odenigbo is slated to take home the award but he will share it with Wolverine tackle Ryan Glasgow. The Wildcat defensive end had two sacks against Michigan State last weekend and four against Iowa the week before.
Glasgow has 20 tackles, including three for a loss and one sack.
Buckeye defensive end Tyquan Lewis was in third place and the Illini’s Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips, as well as Michigan State’s Malik McDowell also received votes.