Big Ten: Kirk Herbstreit

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has come out with his 12th annual Herbie Awards, which will be showcased tonight at 7 ET on ESPN.

Herbstreit predicts Michigan State to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, and for the Badgers' Montee Ball to be the league's top player. He has Florida State over USC in a surprising national championship pick.

Several Big Ten players also made his All-Herbie team, which he describes as "What a college team should look like." Honorees include Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner and Michigan State defensive end William Gholston. Herbstreit picks Purdue as his No. 2 surprise team in the country

Here's where Big Ten players rank in some of Herbstreit's other categories.

Best Running Backs

2. Ball, Wisconsin

Quarterbacks: Dual Threat
3. Denard Robinson, Michigan
5. Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Tight Ends: Best In The Biz
2. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

End Game: Defensive Ends
3. Gholston, Michigan State
11. John Simon, Ohio State

Inside Job: Defensive Tackles
2. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
4. Kawann Short, Purdue

Got Your Back: Outside Linebackers
3. Jonathan Brown, Illinois

Inside Linebackers
5. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Take Cover: Defensive Backs
5. Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State

Right To Excite: Most Exciting Players
3. Robinson, Michigan

SHHHHH, Don’t Tell: Best-Kept Secrets
1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

Don’t Turn Your Back: Backyard Football
2. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Dress For Success: Looks The Part
1. Gholston, Michigan State

Off And Running: Ready To Take It To The Next Level
3. Miller, Ohio State

Old School: Throwback Players
2. Burkhead, Nebraska
4. Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State

Ahead Of The Curve
2. Andrew Maxwell, QB, Michigan State

Ouch! The Ankle Breakers
1. Robinson, Michigan

Basic Instinct: It’s Everything
1. Borland, Wisconsin

The Ultimate Herbie

5. Ball, Wisconsin

All-Herbie Team: RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska; TE Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State; DL William Gholston, Michigan State.
Conference predictions: Michigan State over Wisconsin in Big Ten title game; Montee Ball as POY

Video: Remembering Joe Paterno

January, 22, 2012
Matt Millen, Mike Ditka, Lou Holtz, Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Nick Saban remember Joe Paterno.

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

It's not a misprint. College football will be played today in America. Not in the Big Ten -- gotta wait till Saturday -- but the season is here, and that's a good thing. I'll be chatting at 4 p.m. ET, and Week 1 predictions are coming in a little bit.

First, the links.

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Several more Week 1 depth charts came out Monday, but few major questions were answered. Penn State still doesn't have a starting quarterback, and neither does Indiana or Michigan. The first Big Ten coaches' teleconference is later Tuesday, so perhaps some light will be shed on the league's top position battles. Check back for updates.

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