The Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference are strongly represented on the preseason Outland Trophy watch list. Thirteen Big Ten players are on the watch list, along with 11 representatives from the SEC.

Every Division I Bowl Subdivision conference, along with independents BYU and Notre Dame, had at least one player on the annual list, which includes only tackles, guards and centers on both sides of the ball. Of the 65 players on the watch list, 16 defensive tackles occupied spots. The rest of the linemen were on offense.

The award goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third-oldest award in major college football. The winner of the 66th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century, will be announced  on Dec. 8 on ESPN.

Player School Pos.   Player School Pos.
Levy Adcock Oklahoma State T   Ryan Miller Colorado G
Jeff Allen Illinois T   David Molk Michigan C
Don Barclay West Virginia T   Al Netter Northwestern T
Chris Barker Nevada G   Lucas Nix Pittsburgh T
Kelvin Beachum SMU T   Xavier Nixon Florida T
Tony Bergstrom Utah T   Trevor Olson Northern Illinois T
Mike Brewster Ohio State C   Kelechi Osemele Iowa State T
James Brown Troy T   Moe Petrus Connecticut C
Jared Crick Nebraska DT   Ken Plue Purdue G
Andrew Datko Florida State T   Dontari Poe Memphis DT
David DeCastro Stanford G   Nate Potter Boise State T
Blake DeChristopher Virginia Tech T   Tydreke Powell North Carolina DT
Lonnie Edwards Texas Tech G   Kheeston Randall Texas DT
Joel Foreman Michigan State G   Riley Reiff Iowa T
Marcus Forston Miami DT   Kendall Reyes Connecticut DT
Dalton Freeman Clemson C   Matt Reynolds BYU T
Garth Gerhart Arizona State C   Mitchell Schwartz California T
Cordy Glenn Georgia T   Kawann Short Purdue DT
Ben Habern Oklahoma C   Bradley Sowell Ole Miss T
Braden Hansen BYU G   Akeem Spence Illinois DT
Logan Harrell Fresno State DT   Alameda Ta'amu Washington DT
Dan Hoch Missouri T   Lane Taylor Oklahoma State G
Khaled Holmes USC C   Chris Thompson Houston C
Jaye Howard Florida DT   Omoregie Uzzi Georgia Tech G
Malik Jackson Tennessee DT   William Vlachos Alabama C
Chris Jacobson Pittsburgh G   Larry Warford Kentucky G
T.J. Johnson South Carolina C   Brandon Washington Miami G
Barrett Jones Alabama G   Rokevious Watkins South Carolina T
Ben Jones Georgia C   Billy Winn Boise State DT
Matt Kalil USC T   Derek Wolfe Cincinnati DT
Jonathan Martin Stanford T   Jerel Worthy Michigan State DT
Mike Martin Michigan DT   Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin G
Zack Martin Notre Dame T