Debate It: Big Ten Fans Have Spoken

When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks.

Big Ten Fans’ 2012 Statistical Leaders

SCORING: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – 46 percent of votes
My take: Easy choice. If anything, it’s a surprise Ball didn’t win by an even bigger margin.

PASSING YARDS: Iowa QB James Vandenberg – 57 percent
My take: Largest vote-getter in series, Big Ten fans know Iowa has something special.

PASSING TDs: Iowa QB James Vandenberg – 42 percent
My take: Vandenberg will get plenty of opportunities to pad his scoring strikes total.

RUSHING YARDS: Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead & Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – 25 percent
My take: Burkhead is a great talent, but Nebraska fans are VERY loyal.

RUSHING TDs: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – 36 percent
My take: Figure guy with 17 more rushing TDs than next competitor last year would get more votes.

RECEIVING YARDS: Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis – 35 percent
My take: Makes sense, considering he’s leading returning receiver at position full of inexperience.

RECEIVING TDs: Other – 32 percent
My take: Who’d we forget, with Abbrederis, Arnett, Davis, Fiedorowicz, Pedersen and Roundtree accounted for?

RECEPTIONS: Iowa WR Keenan Davis – 33 percent
My take: Talent + proven QB + plenty of looks = a lot of catches.

INTERCEPTIONS: Purdue CB Ricardo Allen – 30 percent
My take: Why not pick the guy who is the most exciting, likely to take it back to the house?

SACKS: Michigan State DE William Gholston – 38 percent
My take: Freak of nature has size, speed and strength to lead nation in sacks.

TACKLES: Michigan State LB Max Bullough – 26 percent
My take: Old-school linebacker on Big Ten’s elite defense. Makes sense.

Brent Yarina is a web editor and blogger for BTN.com. Find all of his work here and follow him on twitter at @BTNBrentYarina.

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Michael E. Kinster on 6/19/2012 @ 2:33pm EDT Said:

What no Ohio State Buckeyes on the list. Then it isn’t real!!!!!!!!!!!! Redo my friend or face the wrath of Meyer!!!!