The Big Ten's top combos

Craig James and Eric Dickerson formed one of the most potent 1-2 tandems in college football history while playing for SMU in what was dubbed the "Pony Express."

Now the two former stars have teamed up to start a new award for the top two- and three-player combinations in the nation. It's called, naturally, the Pony Express Award. (And if college football needs anything, surely it's yet another postseason award, right?)

The unusual part of the award is that it can go to any duo or trio of players on offense or defense, leaving open a wide array of possibilities. There's already a preseason watch list, and here are the Big Ten doubles and triplets who were nominated:

  • OT Mike Adams, OT JB Shugarts, C Mike Brewster, Ohio State

  • LB Lavonte David, CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

  • DE Broderick Binns, DT Mike Daniels, Iowa

James and Dickerson probably wish they could have that last one back, as the Buckeyes group might wind up a little too uncomfortably parallel to SMU's fall from grace. Anyway, it's a pretty decent list, but there are a few others we could add to the list, like:

  • Penn State's linebackers

  • Fine Line Ink, Ted Sarniak and Dennis Talbott, Ohio State (I kid, I kid).

And if Russell Wilson ends up at Wisconsin, that's a pretty impressive trio with Ball and White. What other group of teammates do you think deserves to be on the list?