Earlier tonight, the All-Big Ten teams were announced. Naturally, I decided to give them a look before studying for tomorrow's exam. Here they are, via the ESPN Blog. In addition to the Media and Coaches' ballots, I added the awards and honorable mentions. Here's the breakdown (sorry for sending you to the tweet, I could not figure out the photo drop).
As you can see, I weighted it 2 points for Media first team, 1.5 for Coaches' first team, half for each second team, 4 for each award, and .1 for honorable mentions. My thought with weighting the Coaches' less stems from the fact that they are much more likely to go on name recognition than the Media (see: Prater, Shaun).
I find that the rundown is pretty self-explanatory, but a couple interesting, non-Iowa, things to point out:
-The gap between the second and third weighted scores is pretty surprising. I think the 10 point difference between the 3rd team (MSU) and the 8th team (Michigan) speaks to the parity that existed in the Big Ten this year.
-Nebraska has a really good Punter/Kicker. He combined for 15 of their 36.55 points. Being Iowa fans, we can all agree that punting is winning, but the weights allocated to his doubling up really sway the differences in these standings.
-Michigan went 10-2 and came in at 8th. Maybe this speaks to their coaching staff. Shoelace was only able to get 1.1 points, so that has to go for something.
On to Iowa:
-Individual accolades, once again, do not transfer to team success. Reiff and McNutt were 1st teamers on both ballots and a handful of other guys made the second teams yet Iowa finished in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten.
-As mentioned above, Shaun Prater was this year's most notable name-recognition vote from the Hawkeyes. He made the first team on the Coaches' ballot but could only grab an honorable mention from the Media.
Obviously, this is not a perfect way to judge a team. I just thought it was an interesting, quantifiable, way to judge a team...outside of wins and losses, of course.