Or so we assume. The coaches vote, and their ballots are due Monday.
"I'm sure it will be tight,"
Last year the Badgers dominated. Montee Ball won the award after being named on all 11 eligible ballots. (Coaches cannot vote for their own players.)
Quarterback Russell Wilson came in second and
Bielema lobbied for Ball on Tuesday, saying: "He has put the team on his back at times."
Earlier this month the
Case for: The converted receiver has rushed for 1,188 yards. That's NU's highest total since 2005, when Tyrell Sutton chewed up 1,474 yards. Mark's 6.1 yards per carry is tops among Big Ten tailbacks, and his punt return average of 20.1 is best in the nation by more than 3 yards.
Case against: He aggravated a shoulder injury Saturday at Michigan State, leaving the game after carrying six times for just 7 yards. He did practice Tuesday and expects to play against Illinois.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Case for: The quarterback is tops among Big Ten regulars with a 63.6 completion percentage and second with 21 touchdown passes. A phenomenal straight-line runner, he had huge passing games against Northwestern and
Case against: He threw three picks against both
Matt McGloin, Penn State
Case for: The quarterback has flourished under coach
Case against: He lacks mobility and struggled in a loss to Nebraska.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Case for: Every snap he takes is a potential highlight. The quarterback is responsible for 27 touchdowns (passing/rushing combined) and innumerable broken ankles. His team is 11-0.