ESPN this past week counted down their top 100 college football players and with that, each conference counted down their top 25 players. Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon was the only player from Madison to land in both countdowns.
In the top 100 college football players in the country, Gordon comes in tied at fifth with rival Braxton Miller of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both players will be vying for the title of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (something Miller has won the past two seasons) and both will also be in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race all season long. But they’re not the only players hailing from the Big Ten to land in the top 5.
Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun landed one spot ahead of both Miller and Gordon. Tough to argue with this as Calhoun is arguably the best defensive player in college football. Calhoun will look to shut down Miller and the Buckeyes when they play in their primetime game in November.
Rounding out the top three of the countdown:
But the ranking that kind of shocked me was where Gordon landed in the Top 25 Big Ten countdown. Melvin comes in as the fourth-best player in the Big Ten according to ESPN.
I have no problem with Miller being at number one. He’s won Big Ten offensive player of the year honors for the past two seasons, possibly a third this year. But nothing against offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, I feel Gordon is the better player. Same with Ameer Abdullah. He’s a very talented running back and will compete with Gordon as best running back in college football. But in my opinion, I believe Gordon will end up having a more successful season than Abdullah.
Again, nothing against those two guys as they are very talented. But I don’t believe they are more talented than Gordon.
Lets just get this season started already and let the players on the field prove just who is the best. To put your money on Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin would not be a bad idea.