Player Rankings: See who makes first list of 2013

I’ve said it several times: College football polls shouldn’t come out until at least October. You know, until we see what the teams look like and how they perform against quality competition. Well, with the calendar flipped to October, that means we’ve seen enough football to also consider other things. Like, for example, player rankings. View my first Big Ten player rankings of the season in this post.

1. Ohio State quarterbacks. Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton, it doesn’t matter. The duo has combined to win the last three Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards, and it has thrown 16 touchdown passes in the last four games. Useless stat: That’s the same number of scoring strikes white-hot Peyton Manning has through four weeks.

Miller’s passing numbers:

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int
2013 OhioSt 3 34 49 69.4 406 8.3 6 1

Guiton’s passing numbers:

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int
2013 OhioSt 4 65 95 68.4 664 7.0 13 2

2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. I know, I know, Gordon’s Badgers are 3-2 and the dynamite back is fresh off his worst game of the year. It wasn’t THAT bad (15 car., 74 yards), though, especially when one factors in he missed most of the fourth quarter due to injury. He’s still averaging 10.3 yards per carry, including 8.9 at Arizona State and Ohio State.

Gordon’s rushing numbers:

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs
2013 Wisc 5 68 698 10.3 7

3. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin. The Tasmanian Devil, as cohort Tom Dienhart so appropriately refers to him, Borland is fresh off an eye-popping 16-tackle effort in Wisconsin’s 31-24 loss at Ohio State. Whether he’s playing in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, Borland’s always around the ball and making plays.

Borland’s numbers: 46 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

4. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State. Arguably the most feared player on the Big Ten’s elite defense, Calhoun is a quarterback’s nightmare and a big-time playmaker. In just four games, he’s racked up eight quarterback hurries, to go along with a pick-6 and three fumble recoveries, two of which he’s returned for a score.

Calhoun’s numbers: 7 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 8 QBH, 3 FR, 3 TD

5. Mark Weisman, RB Iowa. The Hawkeyes workhorse hasn’t found the end zone as much as other Big Ten backs, but he wears down defenses and keeps the chains moving. In five games, Weisman already has four 100-yard efforts, including Saturday’s 147 yards at Minnesota.

Weisman’s rushing numbers:

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs
2013 Iowa 5 119 615 5.2 3

Next 5: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State; Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois; Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa; Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin; Brandon Vitabile, C, Northwestern.

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Ed Crawford on 9/30/2013 @ 4:15pm EDT Said:

Brandon Scherff is a monster that plows a path for Mark Weisman, then Weisman knocks over everyone else!

Scott on 9/30/2013 @ 4:24pm EDT Said:

No Allen Robinson. What a joke

Carol on 9/30/2013 @ 5:30pm EDT Said:

Barely any recognition for Abbrederis? He should be on that list!! He fought that defensive back all night and still had a lights out game.

Sean on 9/30/2013 @ 9:42pm EDT Said:

Not a single Husker good enough to be in the top 10 huh?

Eric Herrold on 10/1/2013 @ 11:44am EDT Said:

Not even a sniff for Allen Robinson? Your list is once again….A JOKE!!

Scott Ludwick on 10/1/2013 @ 11:59am EDT Said:

Weisman should be #3. He hurts linebackers while carrying the ball an average of 4.5 yards. per touch

Silly Rosie on 10/1/2013 @ 12:45pm EDT Said:

Abbrederis is an elite WR but the Badgers unworldly running game is what creates opportunities for him. Put him on Michigan State and he’s not even honorable mention on this list.

Pat02 on 10/1/2013 @ 1:27pm EDT Said:

I can see to this point not including Allen Robinson only because they’ve had their bye week. Abbrederis should be on this list. He was unstoppable vs. OSU.

Ian Waters on 10/1/2013 @ 4:53pm EDT Said:

Abbrederis must be leadinsing the nation in yards per catch the way the Badger fans are crying…. Oh wait that stat is held by a Hawkeye I believe, maybe we’ll get him up to speed during the bye week and shock OSU.

Heath Cordingley on 10/1/2013 @ 9:28pm EDT Said:

No Jonathan Brown from Illinois. Same numbers as Borland and also around the ball and making plays.

MJ on 10/2/2013 @ 4:08pm EDT Said:

and yet another reason why I am not a fanof the Big 10

Jamie Strand on 10/7/2013 @ 11:38am EDT Said:

Brent, Brent, Brent, I don’t think you have your finger on the pulse of the B1G and certainly not MSU. First of all Weisman gained 9 yards against MSU. Darqueze Dennard has had a phenomenal season to date; 2 interceptions against Iowa and no mention at all. MSU has the #1 defense in the nation. I think the bright lights of all the 4 and 5 star recruits that UM and OSU get are blurring your vision. Time for glasses perhaps?