Player Rankings: Pair of Badgers top latest list

It’s a new week, which means it’s time to release my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. This week, a pair of Badgers top the list following standout performances in the team’s rout over Northwestern. View my latest Big Ten Player Rankings in this post. Who did I miss?

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1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. Here’s all you need to know about Gordon: His yard-per-carry is under 10 for the first time this season. In case you forgot, we’re heading into Week 8.
Last week: No. 1
Week 7 stats: 22 car., 172 yards, 1 TD
2013 stats: 90 car., 870 yards, 8 TD

2. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin. In a conference loaded with talented linebackers, Borland’s been the best, the most productive, the most versatile, and the most consistent.
Last week: No. 4
Week 7 stats: 10 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 BU, 1 sack
2013 stats: 56 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sack

3. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State. You saw the catch, right? You know, the one where Robinson jumped to the sky to help Penn State rally vs. previously unbeaten Michigan? Watch it below.
Last week: No. 3
Week 7 stats: 5 rec., 84 yards
2013 stats: 43 rec., 705 yards, 5 TD

4. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Take a look at Abdullah’s rushing totals through the first six games: 114; 114; 98; 139; 225; 126. That’s what they call consistency.
Last week: No. 5
Week 7 stats: 20 car., 126 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 7 yards
2013 stats: 114 car., 816 yards, 6 TD; 14 rec., 137 yards

5. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State. Don’t look at the tackles when it comes to Calhoun. This guy is all about rushing the passer, and there’s none better in the Big Ten.
Last week: No. 2
Week 7 stats: 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QBH
2013 stats: 11 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 13 QBH, 1 INT, 3 FR, 3 TD

Next 5: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State; Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin; Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State;  Jack Mewhort, T, Ohio State; Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan.

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huskerfanbb on 10/14/2013 @ 12:14pm EDT Said:

You need to take a look at Randy Gregory’s stats for Nebraska. Yeah, the defense has been bad in some games–but without Gregory, it would be atrocious. Compare his stat line to Calhoun’s:

27 total tackles
2.5 sacks
1 INT for a TD
1 FF
and a SAFETY

Not saying he is better, necessarily, and three TD’s is impressive for a lineman–but Gregory has scored, as well, and is a more complete player who is NOT just about rushing the QB.

CFSaturday on 10/14/2013 @ 12:45pm EDT Said:

Shilique Calhoun is a very good player but I would also add Randy Gregory real close to him. 2013 stats: 27 Tackles, 8 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 7 QBH, 1 INT, 1FR, 2 TD

bob jones on 10/14/2013 @ 12:49pm EDT Said:

Abbrederis and Borland are the two best players I’ve seen in the BIG this year.

Scott on 10/16/2013 @ 12:13pm EDT Said:

This is Comedy Gold!

Just wait until the Buckeyes get some good players, the rest of the pathetic B1G won’t be scoring any points, much less winning any games!

doug moore on 10/16/2013 @ 4:06pm EDT Said:

Scott..its hardly “Comedy Gold”. Yes when Urban contiues to go south and bring so called student athletes to Columbus the bucks will be untouchable. Correct me if I’m wrong but Tressel taught a “Football 101″ class and his student athletes would take it for the grade.
The shoe will always get 106,000..a buckeye QB will take the snap and run around until the defense breaks down more times than not..I go to the playground and watch little kids do that. How boring! Scott..since you are so incensed that the bucks didn’t fair well in these dumb rankings just remember that there is no”I” in TEAM. So if osu is really worthy of 16-0 its about TEAM! These guys come to Columbus on their way to NFL..its not just osu that’s ruined the college experience. See you at the PLAYGROUND they call ohio stadium..hope you guys go 100-0 and win each game 86-0…YAWN.

    Scott on 10/16/2013 @ 7:42pm EDT Said:

    Well, Doug, do a little investigation before showing your ignorance. Young men from FL like Ryan Shazier, from Virginia like Curtis Grant, from Philly like Corey Brown and the entire Buckeye team represents the university and themselves as well as any collegians anywhere. And yes, unlike most players at TTUN, they speak English! That is why Ohio State, not NW and surely not TTUN or MSU, represent the best in college athletics – great young men, good students and exceptional athletes. Too bad there are no other B1G schools that have figured out the winning formula – hire great coaches, recruit great young men and empower them.

E J Hathaway on 10/16/2013 @ 5:50pm EDT Said:

Allen Robinson? Just another day at the office plucking footballs out of the air that are in his vicinity. Hackenberg? All American in emergence!