The National Football Post has begun scouting all teams in the FBS for "players who could warrant the most interest from NFL teams in the 2011 draft." I thought that it would be wise to get to know the more dangerous players of the teams we'll be facing this year. This is ongoing throughout the summer so all of our opponents are't covered yet (no U-M either) but the two early opponents that are cause for concern have been scouted. Notre Dame leads the way with eight players scouted, Penn State has six. The teams so far:
Update/Edit: added more teams. decided to add all big ten teams, not just M and their opponents. Northwestern remains the only team yet to be scouted. Number of players scouted per team are in parentheses. Only seniors were scouted..
- Michigan (5)
- UConn (1)
- Notre Dame (8)
- Illinois (0?)
- Penn State (6)
- Michigan State (5)
- Wisconsin (6)
- Ohio St (9)
- Minnesota (3)
Some of these pages aren't in order. The teams with zero players are mistakes I believe.
Im watching the Herd on ESPN and Colin Cowherd just said he has inside information that UConn is going to join the Big Ten. At a first glance, it seems like a good fit. The Big Ten would get some of the New York media and UConn has a solid football team, solid academics, there making big renovations to the campus, they have an above average basketball team and the top women's basketball team in the country. I think Uconn will be a good fit. Thoughts?
For those who get it on ESPN2 at 8 tonight and who have nothing better to do on a Saturday evening, this game is of some interest to Michigan in that it features our next opponent. A win by UCONN, and possibly a bowl win, raises their stature going into next year. As things stand now they look credible but this will help make them even more so and increase national interest for our game.
I noticed in several places that Randy Edsall is at least being discussed as a candidate for the ND job. Losing Edsall would be bad for the Huskies. UCONN does not recruit the highest level of talent but they are very well coached and seem to have 3-4 stars emerge every year.
Michigan should have superior talent next September but UCONN is not likely to fold or give a game away. Use tonight's game to get into thinking about next season.
In the last few weeks I notice a great deal of posting looking at predictions for next season. Much of this centred around various game predictions etc. Anyway, it seemed that a number of posters were exceedingly worried about the UConn game to open the Big House.
I have been watching the first half of the UConn/Syracuse game and had a few thoughts:
a) that is a BIG BIG BIG offensive line (although not the most mobile or athletic and allowing a surprising amount of pressure from not a great Syracuse defense).
b) very well coached big play oriented special teams for UConn.
c) offense is not very scary (57 of 68 half time passing yards made due to one big poorly defensed play)
d)Greg Paulus is one pretty accurate passer; 10/12 for 117 with a 9.8 avg. is the sort of short passing that Tate ought to be able to easily achieve in RichRod's system against them next fall.
e)A side note, but one wonders *what would have happened if Greg Paulus had decided to come to B School at Michigan?* in terms of the QB situation (i.e., does Tate still win out, Denard redshirt etc...I realize complete speculation but interesting to consider).
f) Commentators noted this is the last season for a number of UConn contributors including 3 of 5 offensive line starters (I looked this up and it seems they may be correct).
UConn is looking pretty good against a depleted Syracuse program. I am unsure that the level of fear/paranoia (as Brian would use) is warranted for this team? What do you think?
UConn just beat ND, and the NBC announcers seriously said that it was the biggest win in the program's history.
Anyways, is Weis going to ride his Rascal into the sunset or not. Seriously, he has to ride a Rascal around campus when the cameras are off, right?
I'm inclined to buy Orson Swindle's argument that they are flat broke--but Weis seems to know he's gone looking at him standing there.
UConn looks like a solid team, but I'm already pumped for next season.
I did a quick perusal of the boards but didn't see anything...
A star UConn player died of stabbing wounds late Saturday night/Sunday morning, in a somewhat strangely placed fight outside a dance of some kind. If anyone can find ways of sending condolences or thoughts/prayers, please do feel free to post. Nobody deserves to go out in such a way.