"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Tons of movement this week as Ohio State jumps Notre Dame, Penn State falls behind Wisconsin, and teams start filling up their classes as we near signing day. Action since last rankings:
12-5-11: Minnesota picks up Briean Boddy.
12-6-11: Barrington Morris and Tyren Hills decommit from Minnesota.
12-10-11: Minnesota picks up Lincoln Plsek.
12-11-11: Purdue picks up Bilal Marshall. Indiana picks up Ralphael Green. Ryan Frain decommits from Illinois.
12-12-11: Tommy Schutt flips from Penn State to Ohio State. Se'Von Pittman flips from Michigan State to Ohio State. Indiana picks up Justin Rayside. Minnesota picks up Martez Shabazz.
12-13-11: Minnesota picks up Antonio Johnson.
12-14-11: Iowa picks up Anthony Morgan.
12-15-11: Notre Dame picks up Ronnie Stanley. Minnesota picks up Damarius Travis. Iowa picks up Tevaun Smith.
12-17-11: Purdue picks up Kingsley Ike.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
UPDATE II: Re-uploaded.
1. c-sick - chicago juke anthem
2. jensyao - test beat 9
3. jensyao - test beat 11
4. c-sick - instrumental
5. jensyao - exam
Judging from his youtube subscriptions, I'm guessing jensyao a local kid. These tracks were recommended to me by the guy who did the Denard eating videos.
UPDATE: Had to delete as the audio matched third party content. I'm re-uploading with different tracks now.
Short junior highlight reel above, longer sophomore highlights here.
2013 Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney ATH Marcus McWilson has flown under the radar in his recruitment, garnering only an offer from Youngstown State thus far, but if his highlights and interested schools are any indication, he should burst onto the scene in a big way in the near future. McWilson—a three-star and the No. 268 overall prospect on 247Sports—visited Michigan for the Ohio State game, and also has interest from Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, and West Virginia, among others. I chatted with Marcus last night about his recruitment, and here's the full transcript:
ACE: First of all, just wondering where the basic status of your recruitment is right now. What schools are you looking at, and where do things stand right now?
MARCUS: I guess things are going pretty well. Some of the schools are still coming up and talking to me. I had an offer from [Youngstown State] earlier. The schools that are looking at me right now are YSU, Pitt, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Georgia, and Georgia Tech, and some others.
ACE: You visited Michigan for the Ohio State game. How was that visit experience for you, and what impressions did you get from Michigan based on that visit?
MARCUS: It was a good visit. It was nice to go down there and see how things work and everything. The coaches were real nice, the players seemed humble and everything—it was a real welcoming environment. After the game, everyone was welcoming then after they won for the first time in I think seven years, and they were happy about that. I talked to Coach Montgomery and also the defensive coordinator. They want to get me down there for another visit and hopefully get me down there for more in a couple years.
ACE: Is Coach Montgomery your main contact at Michigan?
ACE: Did you get a chance to talk to any of the other recruits who were at the game?
MARCUS: Some of them I talked to—some of them were in my grade, and one of them I know, he's actually my cousin, [2013 OL] Shaquon McWilson, he goes to Campbell. That's about it.
ACE: For people who may be unfamiliar with your game, can you describe what you bring to the table as a football player?
MARCUS: I would say a little bit of everything, because my coach plays me all over. I play everything from running back to receiver to safety, I come down sometimes as a linebacker, play kicker and punter, and I also do kick returns and punt returns as well.
ACE: Man, you're doing everything. [Marcus: Yeah.] Reading up on it, it sounded like you had quite the performance in the state title game. How would you say this year went for you personally, and also your team, coming away as state champs at Cardinal Mooney?
MARCUS: I would say I played pretty well throughout the season. I've got progressively better from week one and the offseason, just never letting it rest and getting after it. I keep working hard even when we don't have to, watching film and looking over our assignments to do things right. The rest of our team, we were all in there in the weight room the same way, and conditioning out there on the field. We all got better and had more chemistry, too, together as a team, which also definitely helps. We're all practicing out there. If someone's feeling down we're going to boost them up. It was a good season for us, and we're definitely happy with the state title we've got right now. It's a good feeling.
ACE: Going back to your recruitment, you named a long list of positions that you play in high school. Is there a preference that you have in terms of where you want to play at the next level?
MARCUS: A lot of schools are looking at me for safety and receiver, and either one of those I'd definitely be okay playing—I'd even play punter (laughs), I don't mind it. They're all good positions to play.
ACE: Has Michigan said anything specific about a position that they're looking at you for? I'm assuming, talking to Coach Mattison, that they're looking for you on defense.
MARCUS: Yeah. They want me to play safety.
ACE: What are you looking for in a prospective school to go to? When you're looking at a college, what are you looking for there?
MARCUS: I'm definitely looking at what profession I'm trying to get into. I'm still trying to figure that out, but I want to be an engineer, so I'm looking for a good engineering school and a good graduation rate. I'm want to also be able to play, of course, not just sit on the bench—I know I have to beat people out and everything, but I'm willing to work for it. [I'm looking for] a good team, and I'm a pretty coachable kid—I'm willing to work.
ACE: What are your plans for the offseason. Are you planning on visiting any schools over the summer, doing any camps, anything like that?
MARCUS: I'll be at a few camps in the summer. I'm looking at some junior days, I'm going maybe to the Michigan one and the Ohio State ones, there's some in January and February, so I'm going to see if I can get to some of those. I'm definitely still working hard in the offseason and just getting after it—I'm just a junior and in another year I want to get back-to-back state titles.
ACE: Do you have any favorites right now among the schools that have taken a look at you, or is it still too early to pick out favorites?
MARCUS: I would say it's a little too early to pick favorites. I'm not really leaning towards anyone right now, just looking around, so no favorites.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) -
University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon unveiled a brand new look for the Wolverines football team in preparation for their January 3rd Sugar Bowl appearance against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The announcement caused a firestorm of controversy amongst boosters, university officials, and unemployed arm-chair blog-critics alike.
The audacious uniform design features a University of Michigan student known in fan circles as Lloyd Brady. Brady is screen-printed prominently above the familiar block M logo, holding a spoonful of sugar in rapturous delight to celebrate Michigan's BCS berth.
Ryan VanBergen models the new Wolverines designs and pensively contemplates suicide.
"This is all about extending the Michigan brand," said Brandon in front of an assembly of visibly shocked press correspondants and fans. "Lloyd Brady is an emblem of the plugged-in, 24/7 blogosphere. We worked hand-in-hand with Adidas to make sure he is presented in full splendor. These uniforms harken back to the great traditions of the past while looking forward, boldly, to the coming day when the tail of internet fandom will inevitably wag the dog."
When asked how the idea began, Brandon detailed a wild night of inspiration. "Well, the nebula of the idea started one evening at a local bar with Jim Brandstatter. Beers led to shots, shots led to harder stuff, and, well... Let's just say cocaine played a role. Jim was keyed up, to say the least. Rambling on about Michigan Replay, about how the spread offense was really an outgrowth of the homosexual agenda... lots of wild ideas. I saw his white, powdery mustache and made a comment about how apropos it looked in light of our sugar bowl appearance. Once we got on the subject of sugar, the rest is history."
From there, a team of over three-hundred Adidas designers set to work creating a Sugar Bowl uniform worthy of the annals of Michigan history. "I think, clearly, we're entering a new era in sportswear," said Marty Tisdale, senior game apparel supervisor at Adidas. "The front of the uniform makes a bold statement. This isn't your father's Michigan Wolverines, no way. This uniform is the sportswear equivalent of social media - it gets people talking. In fact, the uniforms are outfitted with smart chips and keypads sewn into the fabric. During timeouts, players can tweet messages, via voice recognition, to fans in real-time with the push of a button."
The eye-catching uniform backsides are sure to turn heads on Jan. 3rd.
"The front of the uniform is really the tip of the iceberg," said Tisdale. "The backside is where we really pushed the envelope. The forty-two block M's on the back represent Michigan's forty-two Big Ten championships. As you can also see, we've tastefully adorned the uniform with a ghost-twill, sweat-wicking logo decal of our marketing partners, Domino Sugar. We hope the fans will appreciate the surprising blend of unrestrained whimsy and soul-crushing corporate fellatio."
When asked what he thought of the design, head coach Brady Hoke muttered something indistinct, then caught Brandon's stern gaze. He then offered, rather half-heartedly, "Well, you know, I think they're... tremendous."
The only coach who didn't seem on-board with the design was offensive coordinator Al Borges, who missed the press conference. He walked into the Schembechler Hall after his lunch break, took one look at the uniform concept, and turned away. After minutes of staring blankly out into the distance, hands in pockets, he said, "What have we done? God in heaven, what have we done?"
Brandon pays no mind to criticism, however. "The future is a scary thing to some people. I mean, think of the first facemasks. At the time, the guys wearing them looked pretty faggy. These are the next step in that evolution."
If Wolverine fans are unhappy with the Sugar Bowl uniforms, they can take heart; they are not permanent. Brandon also announced plans to wear different uniforms for each and every game next season, a total of twelve unique Adidas Tech-Fit designs. "Right now we're experimenting with different looks. Brandstatter and I like black-on-black, maize-on-maize, really eye-catching stuff." Then, with a furtive snort from a rolled hundred-dollar bill, Brandon added, "And of course, there's always white-on-white."
As I am writing this article, I am in sunny, warm Ohio (and no it’s not because my couch is on fire – I’m not in Columbus); by the time this article is posted, I’ll be in Curacao.
Between December 17, 2011 and January 9, 2012, there are 24 days, but 35 bowl games. Some say there are too many bowl games (like who/what is Gildan and why are they sponsoring the New Mexico Bowl when they are a Canadian company?). Some will be outdoor cold weather games, like the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Military Bowl, and New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Some cities will host more than one bowl game, like New Orleans (New Orleans Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and BCS Championship Game) and San Diego (Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls). Finally, some states seem to have a corner on the bowl market, like Florida (St. Petersburg , Champs Sports, Outback, Capital One, Gator, and Orange Bowls) – 6, Texas (Alamo, Armed Forces, Texas, Sun, TicketCity, Cotton Bowls) – 6, California (Poinsettia, Holiday, Fight Hunger, and Rose Bowls) – 4, and Louisiana (New Orleans Bowl, Independence, Sugar, and BCS Championship) – 4.
During the regular season, the Upset Watch reviewed picks from the previous week, noted the bad picks, and pointed out a few games to give the underdog some credit in, even if it was only in Vegas. It also looked at one or two sure-fire favorites (two when Michigan wasn’t playing).
Because this is the bowl season (and our last hurrah for the 2011-2012 regular season), we’ll cover each of the bowl games, splitting them up by week.
Be sure to check out my website, Before Visiting the Sportsbook, throughout the week, for more content.
@ New Mexico State (4-9) +14.0 Utah State (7-5). Result: Utah State 24 New Mexico State 21.
Michigan State (10-3) +9.5 Wisconsin (11-2). Result: Wisconsin 42 Michigan State 39 [Props to jrt336 and Trebor for correctly predicting that Michigan State would cover].
West Virginia (9-3) -1.0 @ South Florida (5-7). Result: West Virginia 30 South Florida 27 [Props to jrt336 and BrewCityBlue for correctly predicting that West Virginia would cover].
Syracuse (5-7) +13.0 @ Pittsburgh (6-6). Result: Pittsburgh 33 Syracuse 20.
Troy (3-9) +17.5 @ Arkansas State (10-2). Result: Arkansas State 45 Troy 14.
@ Florida Atlantic (1-11) +11.5 Louisiana-Monroe (4-8). Result: Louisiana-Monroe 26 Florida Atlantic 0.
Wyoming (8-4) -5.0 @ Colorado State (3-9). Result: Wyoming 22 Colorado State 19.
Trebor added in LSU (-13.5, 42-10), besides his Michigan State pick.
Bosch picked up a win with Southern Miss (+12.5, 49-28).
BrewCityBlue added in 6(!) more, besides the West Virginia pick, with THE Ohio University (+3.5, 20-23), Oklahoma State (-3.5, 44-10), Baylor (-1.5, 48-24), Southern Miss, and LSU.
Number 7 was on the LSU pick, too.
Only three bowl games will take place between now and the next Upset Watch, which will be on December 20th (we’ll have six bowls on the next Watch). Temple earned an at-large selection to the New Mexico Bowl (since the PAC-12 didn’t fill their bowl allotment) to face the #4 selection from the Mountain West #4, Wyoming, on Saturday (2:00 PM EST/ESPN). The Idaho Bowl will pair Ohio University, the #3 selection from the MAC, against Utah State, the #2 selection from the WAC (5:30 PM EST/ESPN). The final game on Saturday is in New Orleans, with San Diego State, an at large selection since Conference USA did not fill their bowl allotment, against Louisiana-Lafayette, the top choice from the Sun Belt (9:00 PM EST/ESPN).
Temple (8-4) -6.0 Wyoming (8-4) (@ Albuquerque, NM). The Owls are 67th in total offense (7th rushing, 117th passing); Wyoming is 48th (32nd rushing, 73rd passing). Temple is 15th in total defense (26th rushing, 19th passing); the Cowboys are 98th (115th rushing, 34th passing). These two teams last met in 1990, with Wyoming winning 28-23. Temple is 1-2 all time in bowl games (1-1 ATS; 1-1 ATS underdog). Wyoming is 6-6 all time in bowl games (2-3 SU in last 5; 3-2 ATS; 3-2 ATS underdog). Wyoming Coach Dave Christensen is 18-19 (21-14-1 ATS, 16-8-1 ATS as an underdog); Temple Coach Steve Addazio is 8-4 (8-4 ATS, 6-4 ATS as a favorite). Temple is 6-4 ATS as a favorite this year (8-4 overall ATS); Wyoming is 5-2 ATS as an underdog this year (7-5 overall ATS). Temple’s last bowl game was the 2009 EagleBank Bowl, a 30-21 loss to UCLA; Wyoming’s last bowl game was the 2009 New Mexico Bowl, in Albuquerque, a 35-28 win over Fresno State. Take Temple to cover the points.
Ohio University (9-4) +3.0 Utah State (7-5) (@ Boise, ID).The Aggies are 20th in total offense (6th rushing, 95th passing); Ohio University is 21st (24th rushing, 39th passing). Utah State is 50th in total defense (32nd rushing, 76th passing); the Bobcats are 42nd (30th rushing, 67th passing). These two teams last met in 1994, with Utah State winning 5-0. Ohio University is 0-5 all time in bowl games (0-3 ATS; 0-2 ATS underdog). Utah State is 1-4 all time in bowl games (0-1 ATS; 0-1 ATS underdog). Ohio University Coach Frank Solich is 49-40 (46-38 ATS, 21-16-1 ATS as an underdog) at Ohio; Utah State Coach Gary Anderson is 15-21 (19-16 ATS, 5-11 ATS as a favorite). Utah State is 2-6 ATS as a favorite this year (6-6 overall ATS); Ohio University is 2-1 ATS as an underdog this year (6-7 overall ATS). Utah State’s last bowl game was the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, in Boise, a 35-19 loss to Cincinnati; Ohio University’s last bowl game was the 2010 New Orleans Bowl, a 48-21 loss to Troy. Take Ohio University to cover the points, and win.
San Diego State (8-4) -4.5 Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) (@ New Orleans, LA). The Aztecs are 35th in total offense (28th rushing, 64th passing); Louisiana-Lafayette is 65th (86th rushing, 40th passing). San Diego State is 57th in total defense (82nd rushing, 31st passing); the Ragin’ Cajuns are 72nd (55th rushing, 92nd passing). These two teams have never met before. Louisiana-Lafayette is in their first ever bowl game. San Diego State is 2-4 all time in bowl games (2-1-1 ATS in last 5; 1-1 ATS as a favorite). Louisiana-Lafayette Coach Mark Hudspeth is 8-4 (8-4 ATS, 4-0 ATS as an underdog); San Diego State Coach Rocky Long is 61-50 (54-51-2 ATS, 25-26 ATS as a favorite) since 2001. San Diego State is 3-5 ATS as a favorite this year (5-7 overall ATS); Louisiana-Lafayette is 7-0 ATS as an underdog this year (8-4 overall ATS). San Diego State’s last bowl game was the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl, a 35-14 win over Navy. Take San Diego State to cover the points.
Who ya got?
- Michigan entered the dual ranked 8th. 4 of their 5 top 20 ranked wrestlers competed
- Wisconsin entered unranked. They had 2 top 20 ranked wrestlers
- Grant Pizzo (125) wrestled for the still out Sean Boyle. Boyle has fallen out of most ranking due to the fact he has yet to compete.
- Mike Hillock (149) wrestled for Eric Grajales. Grajales is ranked 4th.
- 3 bouts included rematches of guys that met each other at the Cliff Keen invitational.
- Michigan was 1-1 in duals. This was their first B1G contest
- Wisconsin was 5-1 in duals. This was their first B1G contest
Wisconsin @ #8 Michigan
This set up to be an assumed win with some good matchups for the Wolverines. One of the anticipated bouts didn’t work out. Michigan took the lead and then released it, being down by as much as 4 midway through the dual at 8-12. They rattled off 4 straight wins to go 1-0 in the B1G with a 21-12 win. This was a disappointing dual for a couple Wolverines that fell to upsets. On the bright side, the weaker links stepped up.
Bout By Bout
- 125 – Grant Pizzo(UM) major dec. Austin Hieptas(UW) 9-1. Pizzo picked up his first B1G dual win, stepping in for Boyle. He dominated a weak opponent in Hieptas. Not surprised to pick up the win, even with a backup in. But, Pizzo getting the major was a nice touch. Michigan leads 4-0
- 133 – Tom Kelliher(UW) dec. #12 Zac Sanders(UM) 8-4. Kelliher was beat out of a tough tournament Sanders finished 4th at. This was disappointing. Sanders has fallen to 15th in the latest ranking as a result. Kelliher was fairly competitive last year at 125, but, this should have been a comfortable win for Michigan. Michigan leads 4-3
- 141 - #4 Kellen Russell(UM) major dec. Thomas Glenn(UW) 10-2. Glenn doesn’t offer much competition to Russell and Kellen has been wrestling strong since suffering his first defeat in two years. Michigan leads 8-3
- 149 - #9 Cole Schmitt(UW) dec. Mike Hillock(UM) 5-3. I was hoping to see a Grajales Schmitt match, but, Hillock got the call and did pretty well. I think Schmitt may be over-ranked, but, Hillock showed he could stay with a top 20 wrestler at least. Michigan leads 8-6
- 157 - Shawn Perry(UW) dec. Brandon Zeerip(UM) 5-2. First of the 3 rematches from Cliff Keen and this was a reversal for Wisconsin. Zeerip won 3-2 last time. These are two borderline top 20 guys, so the flopping of wins isn’t a surprise. I still believe Zeerip has enough to distance himself from Perry and up the rankings by year end. Wisconsin leads 9-8
- 165 - #17 Ben Jordan(UW) dec. Dan Yates(UM) 8-3. Same score from last time these two met at Cliff Keen. Yates has fallen from being in the top 20 to begin the year. Two decisive losses to to a 17th ranked wrestler don’t bode well. Wisconsin leads 12-8
- 174 - #11 Justin Zeerip(UM) major dec. Frank Cousins(UW) 10-2. The senior campaign for Justin continues. He rolled over Cousins at Cliff Keen 11-1 and did so again 10-2 in this dual. Cousins is a RS Fr. Tied 12-12
- 184 – Hunter Collins(UM) dec. Timmy McCall(UW) 4-3. McCall has had a solid season for Wisconsin, so a good win for Collins. I’ve expressed he is the weak link of this lineup, so, him stepping up to get a win in a close matchup is big. Michigan leads 15-12
- 197 – Max Huntley(UM) dec. Jackson Hein(UW) 4-2 SV. Overtime needed for Huntley. I expected a win here. Huntley is a fringe ranked wrestler. Fist B1G dual win for him. Michigan leads 18-12
- Hwt - #18 Ben Apland(UM) dec. Cole Tobin(UW) 8-4. Apland needed a little comeback to avoid another upset on the night. He did and then coasted to a win to seal the win. Michigan wins 21-12
Solid win and moving on. Michigan is on a bit of a break till the 29th for a Mat Town Invitational. Then they hit the duals hard with the first 3 being B1G matches.