Who wins Leaders vs. Legends All-Star Game?

With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game less than a week away, I recently got to thinking about a Big Ten football all-star game. You know, a game that pits the Leaders Division’s best vs. the Legends Division’s best. Who would be on the teams, and who would win? See both teams, which were constructed using Phil Steele’s 2013 preseason teams, in this post.

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OFFENSE
LEGENDS LEADERS
QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Venric Mark, Northwestern Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska Allen Robinson, Penn State
WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
C Brandon Vitable, Northwestern Corey Linsley, Ohio State
G Spencer Long, Nebraska Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
G Jack Allen, Michigan State John Urschel, Penn State
T Taylor Lewan, Michigan Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
T Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K Jeff Budzien, Northwestern Drew Basil, Ohio State

QB: Leaders. Braxton Miller is the best playmaker in the Big Ten, if not the nation.
RB: Legends. Hyde-Gordon is a scary tandem, but Abdullah-Mark is better.
WR: Legends. While Robinson is Big Ten’s best WR, Bell and Gallon are explosive playmakers.
TE: Leaders. Give Fiedorowicz a proven quarterback, and this one might go to the Legends.
OL: Legends. This is an intimidating front, highlighted by Lewan, a should-be NFLer.
K: Legends. Budzien was Mr. Automatic last year, missing just one kick.

DEFENSE
LEGENDS LEADERS
E Marcus Rush, Michigan State Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
T Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota Beau Allen, Wisconsin
T Carl Davis, Iowa Bruce Gaston, Purdue
E Tyler Scott, Northwestern Deion Barnes, Penn State
LB Max Bullough, Michigan State Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
LB James Morris, Iowa Chris Borland, Wisconsin
LB Denicos Allen, Michigan State Jonathan Brown, Illinois
LB Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern Glenn Carson, Penn State
CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State Bradley Roby, Ohio State
CB Ciante Evans, Nebraska Ricardo Allen, Purdue
S Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State Christian Bryant, Ohio State
S Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern C.J. Barnett, Ohio State
P Mike Sadler, Michigan State Justin DuVernois, Illinois

DL: Legends. Scott put up numbers last year equal to John Simon, the 2012 Big Ten DPOY.
LB: Leaders. Shazier and Borland very well could be the Big Ten’s top two LBs.
DB: Leaders. Roby and Allen would form quite the cornerback tandem, wouldn’t they?
P: Legends. Punters don’t have huge impact in games like this, but Sadler is the best of the best.

Who wins? I’ll take the Legends in a close one. How about you?

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Old Man and the Sea on 7/10/2013 @ 6:56pm EDT Said:

Is the Legends and by a mile. You are going to give T Magic a line that can hold off the rush of the defense for more than 2 seconds? He would light it up. Plus that RB duo of Mack and Abdullah? Forget about it. Too much offense. Plus, the Legends defense is not bad at all.

Big Ten Football Guy on 7/10/2013 @ 7:23pm EDT Said:

Martinez can’t throw, enough said Leaders all the way!

Jeff on 7/10/2013 @ 7:47pm EDT Said:

Passing is not need if the line can hold. No dought Legends much stronger top to bottom it is not about one player

Old Man and the Sea on 7/10/2013 @ 8:23pm EDT Said:

actually, Martinez can throw, go ask MSU defense if he can’t.

Joe Simones on 7/10/2013 @ 9:14pm EDT Said:

Leaders by a mile. Nebraska has shown how they fold when they’re facing Melvin Gordon.

Aaah - BACH on 7/10/2013 @ 9:21pm EDT Said:

Legends…because Martinez CAN,DID and WILL throw…he was the BIG 10 Offensive yardage leader last year! Oh-by-the-way, he threw for nearly 65% completions and with these other GREAT players surrounding him …LEGENDS all the way!!!

James Frederick on 7/10/2013 @ 9:29pm EDT Said:

I’d like to see a B1G east vs west incoming freshman all star game in June. It would be a great recruiting tool for the conference.

fred on 7/10/2013 @ 9:48pm EDT Said:

Illinois is in the leaders division!

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 7/10/2013 @ 10:20pm EDT Said:

    Fred – Yes, that was my error. It’s all fixed. Thank you.

Doug on 7/10/2013 @ 11:01pm EDT Said:

Martinez can’t throw, it was his running that won the MSU game, along with the horrible call on the INT for a TD by the MSU defense.

Big Ten Football Guy on 7/11/2013 @ 12:42am EDT Said:

Top to bottom the Leaders have more talent er go what division has won the Big Ten Football Championship the last two years? Leaders division winning, Wisconsin Badgers!
On Wisconsin!

Big Ten Football Guy on 7/11/2013 @ 12:45am EDT Said:

Also if football has shown us anything, it is all about who your Leader is. Not even a remote fan of Ohio State but Braxton Miller is by far a better team Leader then and has way way more talent then Martinez.

Elliot on 7/11/2013 @ 3:25am EDT Said:

Football is won in the trenches boys. Both lines are better on the legends team period GAme OVer!!!!!!!

Mike Light on 7/11/2013 @ 4:48am EDT Said:

I’ll take Legends too, it’s the scary side of the conference, never know what will happen.

Reality check on 7/11/2013 @ 8:09am EDT Said:

Doug that int call was fair, admit it you have49 days left to become a Wolverine fan and all will be forgiven. Total amnesty is on the table for you Doug!!!

Fuzz on 7/11/2013 @ 8:23am EDT Said:

MSU still crying about bad calls when they were given 2 touchdowns off bad calls? Boo hoo. It doesn’t matter. Martinez doesn’t fold under blitzes the way Miller does. Legends blitz him every down, and it’s over. Legends by 250 miles. No question.

Badger Fan99 on 7/11/2013 @ 9:54am EDT Said:

I guess it’s only fair that after losing to Wisconsin 70-31 you show pretty much the only play made by Nebraska during the CCG that made them look good…WiscONsin!

Flashfast on 7/11/2013 @ 12:50pm EDT Said:

There’s enough Ohio St. talent on the Leaders team to guarantee a victory.

reality check on 7/11/2013 @ 2:32pm EDT Said:

Since MSU Doug is back it seems like a fair time to discuss the Spartan Bob / Clockgate game. In my opinion, Spartan Bob (Bob Stehlin) epitomized the noxious element of the Spartan fanbase. They won the game (Smoker to Duckett pass), and therefore any mention of the fact that one of their officials apparently purposely cheated to give the Spartans an extra play was dismissed as “whining”. Michigan was ranked 6th in the polls at the time.
I can’t think of a more noxious Spartan than an adult who was proud of cheating on behalf of his team, ultimately driving a change in the “who can be a timekeeper” rule. Hopefully Spartan Bob’s not wearing that eating grin after the game November 2.

tallygal on 7/11/2013 @ 4:26pm EDT Said:

Leaders: Penn State talent is underrated; Northwestern talent is overrated.

huskerfanbb on 7/11/2013 @ 6:23pm EDT Said:

To those that say Martinez “can’t throw”. Try catching a clue. Do you even watch any B1G games????

Let’s see, among B1G QB’s Martinez was:

3rd in completion percentage among QB’s with at least 100 attempts.
2nd in passing yards in the conference.
2nd in passing TD’s in the conference.

He can throw better than most of the QB’s in the B1G last year.

Doug on 7/12/2013 @ 2:49pm EDT Said:

Hey Fuzz, 2 bad calls top help MSU, yeah right ! as for Mark, the horrible holding call in the 3rd quarter took away a MSU TD, and if M was #6 in the nation, they should have been ahead by 4 TD’s, try again !

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