It was often no contest when Ndamukong Suh lined up against an opposing offensive lineman while at Nebraska. And Suh also had little trouble dispatching former Indiana star Antwaan Randle El in our Big Ten players tournament semifinal.
Suh is looking like the favorite to win the tournament pitting Big Ten greats from the past 15 years. The No. 3 seed received a whopping 78 percent of the vote against the seventh-seeded Randle El in our most lopsided matchup yet. And he also dominated your responses:
Tim from Pasadena, Calif: "85 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and 10 pass breakups"... don't sleep on the 3 blocked kicks. When Suh was on the field, there is no way to convey the collective confidence in that stadium. In a game where the offense gave up 8 (EIGHT!!!) turnovers, the defense gave up 9 points; that year, 86,000 people just KNEW the other guys weren't scoring.Also, I'm pretty sure Colt McCoy still has PTSD from that championship game. I sort of doubt Randle El ever had quite that effect.
Paul T. from La Crosse, Wis.: I caught glimpses of Suh his Junior year. He would make plays that truly gave credence to the term: "Men among boys." Suh was just that. Physically he was so far beyond most lineman that he lined up against (And not everyone was a scrub in the BIG XII). Suh played in a defense that was not conducive for D-Tackles to succeed. His senior year was phenomenal, and the BIG XII championship game was evidence of how much he could change a game on his own. People are going to complain about Suh and how he never played a B1G snap, but they should be glad he didn't! I have very little doubt that Suh is going to win this, the Husker faithful love their Huskers no matter where they are at (even in the heart of Wisconsin).
Todd S. from Wheaton, Ill.: Anyone who had the opportunity to watch Antwaan Randle El play as a collegiate was amazed by his versatility, passion for the game, and creativity. There were a number of instances every game he played in which he would do something that would cause everyone to say, "Are you kidding me?" As mentioned in the article, he was one of the first true dual-threat players and helped begin a revolution that has forever changed college football.
Rob from Russellville, Ark.: While I am obviously biased, this match up has to go to Suh. Pitting Suh against any QB, even one as talented as Randel El is almost unfair. Throughout his final two seasons at Nebraska, Suh terrorized QB's, even dual threat QB's such as Longhorn's McCoy and Missouri's Gabbert. Even future superstar RGIII couldn't lead Baylor to a victory over Suh and Nebraska in 2008 (RGIII was injured and didn't play against NU in 2009).
Josh J. from Lincoln: Nebraska homer here.I acknowledge that Randle El was a talented player and had a solid tenure in the NFL, but I think this is no question: N'Damukong Suh is the better choice. Suh's numbers were absolutely unmatched by anybody in the country. He was the best player on one of the country's best defenses. His performance in the Big XII championship game is one of the best individual performances of all time, not to mention the obliteration of Arizona's high-powered offense in the Holiday Bowl. It's a shame that Manti Te'o finished higher in the Heisman voting than Suh did because I think Suh is by far the better player.
So our final is set: Ron Dayne vs. Suh. That's a whole lot of beef, and it should be a great one. We'll open the voting on our final soon.