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Our 2015 Big Ten predictions

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Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes will be a handful for the Big Ten. AP Photo/Brandon Wade

The season is here. Before the games kick off, let's roll out our predicted order of finish in the Big Ten and major award winners.

Brian Bennett:

East Division

1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)

2. Michigan State 11-1 (7-1)

T-3. Penn State 9-3 (5-3)

T-3. Michigan 8-4 (5-3)

5. Rutgers 6-6 (3-5)

T-6. Indiana 6-6 (2-6)

T-6. Maryland 4-8 (2-6)

West Division

1. Wisconsin 10-2 (7-1)

T-2. Minnesota 8-4 (5-3)

T-2. Nebraska 8-4 (5-3)

4. Iowa 7-5 (4-4)

5. Northwestern 5-7 (3-5)

6. Illinois 5-7 (2-6)

7. Purdue 4-8 (1-7)

Big Ten championship game: Ohio State over Wisconsin

Big Ten offensive player of the year: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Big Ten defensive player of the year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Big Ten freshman of the year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

Josh Moyer:

East Division

1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)

2. Michigan State 10-2 (7-1)

T-3. Penn State 9-3 (5-3)

T-3. Michigan 8-4 (5-3)

T-5. Rutgers 6-6 (2-6)

T-5. Indiana 5-7 (2-6)

7. Maryland 4-8 (1-7)

West Division

T-1. Nebraska 9-3 (6-2)

T-1. Wisconsin 9-3 (6-2)

3. Minnesota 8-4 (5-3)

4. Iowa 7-5 (4-4)

5. Northwestern 6-6 (3-5)

6. Illinois 5-7 (2-6)

7. Purdue 3-9 (0-8)

Big Ten championship game: Ohio State over Nebraska

Big Ten offensive player of the year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Big Ten defensive player of the year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Big Ten freshman of the year: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Dan Murphy:

East Division

1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)

2. Michigan State 11-1 (7-1)

3. Penn State 9-3 (5-3)

4. Michigan 7-5 (4-4)

T-5. Rutgers 7-5 (3-5)

T-5. Maryland 6-6 (3-5)

7. Indiana 6-6 (2-6)

West Division

T-1. Nebraska 9-3 (6-2)

T-1. Minnesota 9-3 (6-2)

T-1. Wisconsin 9-3 (6-2)

4. Northwestern 7-5 (5-3)

5. Iowa 7-5 (4-4)

6. Purdue 4-8 (1-7)

7. Illinois 3-9 (0-8)

Big Ten championship game: Ohio State over Nebraska

Big Ten offensive player of the year: Connor Cook, Michigan State

Big Ten defensive player of the year: Darron Lee, Ohio State

Big Ten freshman of the year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

Mitch Sherman:

East Division

1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)

2. Michigan State 11-1 (7-1)

3. Penn State 10-2 (6-2)

4. Michigan 7-5 (4-4)

5. Indiana 6-6 (2-6)

T-6. Rutgers 5-7 (1-7)

T-6. Maryland 3-9 (1-7)

West Division

T-1. Minnesota 9-3 (6-2)

T-1. Wisconsin 9-3 (6-2)

3. Nebraska 8-4 (5-3)

4. Northwestern 6-6 (4-4)

T-5. Iowa 6-6 (3-5)

T-5. Illinois 6-6 (3-5)

7. Purdue 4-8 (2-6)

Big Ten championship game: Ohio State over Minnesota

Big Ten offensive player of the year: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Big Ten defensive player of the year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Big Ten freshman of the year: Jeff Jones, Minnesota

Jesse Temple:

East Division

1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)

2. Michigan State 10-2 (6-2)

T-3. Penn State 9-3 (5-3)

T-3. Michigan 8-4 (5-3)

T-5. Indiana 6-6 (3-5)

T-5. Maryland 6-6 (3-5)

7. Rutgers 5-7 (2-6)

West Division

1. Wisconsin 9-3 (6-2)

T-2. Minnesota 8-4 (5-3)

T-2. Nebraska 8-4 (5-3)

4. Iowa 6-6 (4-4)

5. Northwestern 5-7 (3-5)

6. Illinois 5-7 (2-6)

7. Purdue 3-9 (1-7)

Big Ten championship game: Ohio State over Wisconsin

Big Ten offensive player of the year: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Big Ten defensive player of the year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Big Ten freshman of the year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

Austin Ward:

East Division

1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)

2. Michigan State 11-1 (7-1)

3. Penn State 10-2 (6-2)

T-4. Maryland 6-6 (3-5)

T-4. Michigan 6-6 (3-5)

6. Rutgers 6-6 (2-6)

7. Indiana 5-7 (1-7)

West Division

T-1. Minnesota 10-2 (7-1)

T-1. Wisconsin 10-2 (7-1)

3. Nebraska 8-4 (5-3)

T-4. Iowa 6-6 (3-5)

T-4. Northwestern 5-7 (3-5)

6. Illinois 4-8 (1-7)

7. Purdue 2-10 (0-8)

Big Ten championship game: Ohio State over Minnesota

Big Ten offensive player of the year: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Big Ten defensive player of the year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Big Ten freshman of the year: Torrance Gibson, Ohio State