The 2016 season is so, so close. Before it kicks off, we present our picks for the 2016 preseason All-Big Ten team:
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: The most accomplished returning quarterback in the Big Ten could get back to his 2014 form -- he finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season -- now that the job is once again all his.
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State: A 1,000-yard season as a freshman merely set the stage for what's to come. And that should be amazing to watch.
RB Corey Clement, Wisconsin: This is based on 2014 production and 2016 potential, as last season was a washout for Clement. Still, he is averaging 6.6 yards per carry in his career.
WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan: A true deep threat who came on strong at the end of last season, Chesson leads a deep and experienced Wolverines receiving corps.
WR Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska: The Cornhuskers are still looking for their first 1,000-yard receiver. Maybe the sure-handed Westerkamp, who had 918 receiving yards in 2015, can break that ceiling in what should be an excellent Nebraska passing attack.
OT Nick Gates, Nebraska: After starting 10 games at right tackle as a redshirt freshman, Gates takes over at left tackle this year and should excel.
OG Dan Feeney, Indiana: A first-team All-American in 2015, Feeney has allowed only one career sack and has paved the way for one of the top offenses in the Big Ten.
C Pat Elflein, Ohio State: An All-American at guard, Elflein takes over snapping duties as a senior. Urban Meyer is already calling him one of the best centers in the country.
OT Cole Croston, Iowa: The former walk-on will play left tackle this season, and those who play that position for Kirk Ferentz usually end up doing great things.
DL Sam Hubbard, Ohio State: Don’t underestimate the athleticism of this former high school safety. He’s a terrific pass-rusher who had 6.5 sacks in situational time last year.
DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State: He said in April that he’s the best defensive lineman in the country -- and he might not be far off. McDowell can play any position on the line, and he can shed just about any one-on-one block.
DL Dawuane Smoot, Illinois: He has both speed and power off the edge, which makes him a first-round NFL draft pick in some mock drafts.
LB Anthony Walker, Northwestern: He already has his own comic book, lunch box and logo -- and major hardware could follow. He’s coming off an All-American season with 122 tackles and 20.5 tackles-for-loss.
LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State: A finalist for the Butkus Award, Ohio State’s “The Chosen One” is the leader of this defense and a versatile playmaker who racked up 119 tackles last year.
LB Riley Bullough, Michigan State: He’s on four preseason defensive watch lists -- Bednarik, Butkus, Lott and Nagurski -- and he’s a staple on what proves to be an elite defense year in and year out.
LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: Jim Harbaugh once said Peppers had the potential to be the “Willie Mays of football,” so wherever Peppers lines up, he’s sure to be an impact player. He was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award last year.
CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan: Pro Football Focus actually rated Lewis as the nation’s best corner, even over the likes of King. Lewis led the FBS with 15 passes defended last year.
S Damarius Travis, Minnesota: The fifth-year senior was granted a medical redshirt last season and has already appeared in 40 career games. With cornerbacks Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun now in the NFL, it’s Travis’ time to shine.
S Nate Gerry, Nebraska: Not only is he a two-time All-B1G selection, but he also led the Huskers in tackles (79), interceptions (4) and pass breakups (7) last season.
K Griffin Oakes, Indiana: Last year's Big Ten kicker of the year hit 24 of his 29 field-goal attempts and was 6-for-8 from 40 yards or longer.
P Cameron Johnston, Ohio State: His career punting average of 44.3 yards per attempt is third in Buckeyes history.
PR William Likely, Maryland: He ranked third in the FBS last year with a punt-return average of 17.7 yards, and he took two punts back for touchdowns.
KR Janarion Grant, Rutgers: He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2015 while averaging 24.6 yards per attempt.