It’s a new week in college football and in ESPN’s Big Ten awards tracker, there’s a new top dog in the race for offensive and defensive players of the year.
As they do every week, every ESPN Big Ten analyst votes for who they think should win conference awards for offensive and defensive player of the week.
They also pick another random category each week and select that too.
Starting with the Graham-George offensive player of the week, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley has taken over the top spot in the race for the award.
He received two first-place votes and has 11 rushing scores on the year, as well as 1,055 rushing yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Barkley jumps Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who also received two first-place votes.
Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr got a first-place vote in third, while Buckeye H-back Curtis Samuel was fourth and Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight was fifth.
Minnesota running back Rodney Smith also received votes.
There was also a change at the top of the Nagurski-Wooden Defensive Player of the Year award, as Buckeye safety Malik Hooker took over the first spot with five first-place votes.
Hooker leads the conference with five interceptions and has two pick-sixes this season.
Behind him was Wolverine linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, Wildcats defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo and Illinois defensive lineman Carroll Phillips.
Wolverine linebacker Ben Gedeon and corner Jourdan Lewis also got votes.
This week, the analysts also chose to predict the Bakken-Andersen kicker of the year award.
Golden Gopher kicker Emmit Carpenter was No. 1, as he’s 16-for-18 on field goals this year and has hit all 35 of his extra point attempts.
Next was Nittany Lion kicker Tyler Davis, followed by Buckeye kicker Tyler Durbin.
To see last week’s awards tracker, we’ve got you covered here.