Just how good has the Big Ten been this season? Sports Illustrated had more players from the Big Ten than any other conference on its Midseason All-America Team.
The Big Ten had 10 players named to the First Team, beating all other conferences. Ohio State’s four recognized players also topped all other teams.
Here are Sports Illustrated’s First Team picks from the Big Ten:
- G Billy Price, Ohio State
- C Pat Elflein, Ohio State
- G Dan Feeney, Indiana
- T Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
- DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State
- LB Jack Cichy, Wisconsin
- LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
- CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
- S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
- AP Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
- QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
- LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
- CB Desmond King, Iowa
One of the bigger acknowledgements comes on the offensive line, as the Big Ten has four of the five first-team selections there, with Price and Elflein both representing from the Buckeyes. Clearly, the conference has impressed in the trenches this season.
Along with the four from Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin also picked up multiple mentions. There’s hardly any surprise with the two Wolverines, with Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers often mentioned as two of the nation’s best players.
If fans didn’t know already, this will only help: It’s going to be a thrilling second half of the season.
That winning feeling.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 16, 2016