We've reached the halfway point to the season, so we've evaluated the players and agreed on the picks for our midseason All-Big Ten team:
QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State: It's difficult to beat his consistency or his leadership, as he's thrown 13 TDs to two interceptions so far.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Speaking of consistency, Elliott has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season. At this rate, he should approach the 2,000-yard mark.
RB: Jordan Canzeri, Iowa: Besides Elliott, no other Big Ten back has approached his nine-touchdown production. He's also a threat in the passing game.
WR: Leonte Carroo, Rutgers: Sure, he has played in only 13 quarters, but he's still tied for fourth nationally in touchdown receptions with nine.
TE: Jake Butt, Michigan: At this point last season, the eventual Big Ten tight end of the year had 15 catches. Butt already has 23 this season.
OT: Taylor Decker, Ohio State: He's the leader of the Buckeyes' offensive line, which Urban Meyer called the players of the game against Penn State.
OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State: Only 10 teams in the nation have given up fewer sacks per game. Conklin has missed some time, but he still has impressed.
OG: Dan Feeney, Indiana: He earned the team award last season for his outstanding performance in the weight room, and that has paid dividends this season.
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State: He has moved around a bit because of Michigan State's injuries -- and he missed the win against the Wolverines -- but he's one of the nation’s best.
DE: Carl Nassib, Penn State: A former walk-on, he leads the nation in sacks (11.5), tackles for loss (15.5) and forced fumbles (5).
DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State: He hasn't posted numbers the way he did last season, but he still has been a force with nine QB hurries and 1.5 tackles for loss per game.
DT: Willie Henry, Michigan: He has six sacks already and has helped the Wolverines secure, statistically, the second-best defense in the nation.
LB: Joe Schobert, Wisconsin: He has been a mainstay in opposing backfields. He's currently second in the nation in tackles for loss (14.5).
LB: Anthony Walker, Northwestern: He boasts fantastic range and, despite the last two games, has been an important playmaker for the Wildcats.
S: Vonn Bell, Ohio State: He leads the Buckeyes in pass breakups (8), and he's versatile enough to be a force against both the pass and run.
S: Michael Caputo, Wisconsin: He's a team leader, a hard hitter and a big reason for the Badgers' No. 7 defense in the nation.
K: Griffin Oakes, Indiana: He has shown the most overall consistency by nailing 10-of-11 field goal attempts.
P: Cam Johnston, Ohio State: He leads the conference in punting average (46.3 yards), and his ability to stop the ball within the 20 is nearly unparalleled.
PR: Will Likely, Maryland: He's second in the nation with a 22-yard average, and he already has returned two punts for touchdowns.
KR: Janarion Grant, Rutgers: He leads the conference with a 29.5-yard average and is tied for first nationally with a pair of return TDs.
The breakdown by team:
Ohio State: 6
Michigan State: 4
Penn State: 2