How often do some of the best players from all 14 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, we conducted a Big Ten poll that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the preseason Big Ten favorite? What’s the toughest road venue? See all the results in this post.
Editor’s note: Player responses were anonymous to ensure honest answers and avoid hurt feelings or any kind of backlash. Players could not use their teammates/stadium/coach/uniform in answers.
PRESEASON BIG TEN FAVORITE?
8: Ohio State
4: Michigan State
1: Iowa, Minnesota
Quote on Buckeyes: “They’re a good team that’s championship caliber.”
TOUGHEST BIG TEN VENUE?
6: Ohio Stadium
3: Spartan Stadium
2: Michigan Stadium, Beaver Stadium
1: Memorial Stadium (Nebraska)
Quote on Ohio Stadium: “Extremely loud place. It’s built up, not out. That student section in the corner will get to you.”
COACH YOU’D LIKE TO PLAY FOR?
5: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
4: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
2: James Franklin, Penn State
1: Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Bo Pelini, Nebraska
Quote on Dantonio: “He’s a defensive-minded coach that seems like a great leader.”
BEST BIG TEN UNIFORM?
4: Ohio State
3: Michigan State
1: Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers
Quote on Ohio State uniform: “I like their Nike Pro Combat Uniforms. They’re nice and fresh.”
BIG TEN’S TOP PLAYER?
9: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
1: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska; Blake Countess, Michigan; Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin; Brandon Scherff, Iowa; Blake Countess,
Quote on Miller: “Big name guy that has some accolades. Fast, dual-threat quarterback.”
— Jordan Goltz, BTN.com