Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Top 5 Candidates for 2013 Player of the Year

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Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Top 5 Candidates for 2013 Player of the Year
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Big Offensive Weapons for Big Blue

Now that summer temperatures are hitting the Midwest in the wake of Memorial Day, let's continue our season previews with a look at the top candidates to win 2013 Player of the Year.

It was a rising tide of Scarlet and Gray last year, as the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year awards went to Braxton Miller and John Simon of Ohio State. Will Braxton and the Buckeyes be able to repeat the feat this fall?

Although the Big Ten gives out offensive and defensive awards, this power ranking mixes all players into one group to determine who is the front-runner overall. These rankings are based both on proven production from the last two seasons as well any positive circumstances that may make a conference title run favorable for the teams of these players. After all, team success is a great indicator of individual awards.

In addition, each offensive and defensive unit will only be allowed to place one player on the top five in order to spread the love around given the limited slots to discuss. No matter how explosive some player duos are (such as on the Nebraska offense), this is only fair. Besides, the competition within these teams could "split the vote" and cause the award to go to a different team's sole star.

Let's get to it. We begin with some players who just missed the cut.

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