Ohio State fans don’t have much to complain about these days, but at least some are unhappy with the Big Ten Running Back of the Year voting.
Tonight, the Big Ten announced its all-conference offensive awards. Ohio State’s Justin Fields won Quarterback and overall Offensive Player of the Year.
However, J.K. Dobbins did not take home Running Back of the Year. He was beaten out by Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.
Ohio State fans voiced their displeasure in the responses to the tweet announcing Taylor’s accolade.
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) December 4, 2019
Big Ten postseason awards are decided by “conference coaches and a select media panel.” Clearly, that group holds Taylor in a slightly higher regard than Dobbins.
Stat-wise, the two are incredibly close. Taylor has more rushing yards (1,761 to Dobbins’ 1,657) and holds a 20-19 edge in touchdowns. However, Dobbins’ 6.6 yards per carry is slightly higher than Taylor’s 6.3-yard average.
Taylor has 22 receptions and 201 receiving yards, while Dobbins has 17 and 200. Taylor does have the advantage in receiving touchdowns though, by the count of 5-to-2.
We’ll get to see both of these bell-cow backs in action on the same field Saturday night when Ohio State and Wisconsin meet for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on FOX.