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.