I've put some select teams (Big Ten + other teams of interest) into a table and sorted by average.
USA Today gives Michigan a lotta love at #4 (!), whiles Fox and Mercury News are most bearish at 15. In every case, Michigan is ranked higher than Florida. Basically, Michigan is a fringe top 10 team based on national perceptions.
A few outlets have osu #2, but ESPN has them as low as 6th. They're a CFP contender.
penn state ranges from 4 (ESPN) to 12 (TBL), and most don't have too much faith in Wisco as a top 10 outfit.
Bama is Bama. Some have faith in FSU, but Clemson is all over the map - as high as 3, as low as 13, average 7.
|Team||Fox||CBS||Mercury News||TSN||Big Lead||USA Today||ESPN||Bleacher Report||Avg|
EDIT1: added USC and msu. People look at USC as a strong CFP contender.
I put together some visuals from Seth's google sheet. It includes where coaches are getting recruits, player measurables and draft history. It isn't the best on mobile. Enjoy.
EDIT: updated link
1) Clemson wins despite being -2 in turnovers and having a seriously inferior punting game - thus losing the field position battle in a major way for most of the game. Even those things up and Clemson might have won by 3 touchdowns.
2) It took an incredible (2nd half) performance by a very very good team to beat an Alabama team that fought with one arm tied behind its back. Damn they're good.
Will be interesting to see how Alabama's loss of its aura of invincibility plays out during the final 3 weeks of 2017 recruiting. (No, I don't expect commits to defect, but just maybe it influences a certain 5-star DL's assessment of the schools he is considering).
First top-10 finish in a decade.
- 0hio State
- Penn State
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- Western Michigan
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- San Diego State
Teams of note are below:
2016 record: 14-1, 8-0 SEC
Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense, 1 special teams
4. Penn State
2016 record: 11-3, 8-1 Big Ten
Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense, 2 special teams
2016 record: 14-1, 7-1 ACC
Returning starters: 5 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams
6. Ohio State
2016 record: 11-2, 8-1 Big Ten
Returning starters: 9 offense, 8 defense, 0 special teams
2016 record: 11-3, 7-2 Big Ten
Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams
2016 record: 10-3, 7-2 Big Ten
Returning starters: 4 offense, 1 defense, 0 special teams
Key losses: WR Amara Darboh, WR Jehu Chesson, OT Ben Braden, G Kyle Kalis, OT Erik Magnuson, TE Jake Butt, RB De'Veon Smith, LB/RB Jabrill Peppers, DE Chris Wormley, NT Matthew Godin, DT Ryan Glasgow, DE Taco Charlton, LB Ben Gedeon, CB Jourdan Lewis, SS Dymonte Thomas, FS Delano Hill, CB Channing Stribling
2016 record: 9-4, 6-2 SEC
Returning starters: 9 offense, 3 defense, 2 special teams
Key losses: NT Joey Ivie, DT Caleb Brantley, LB Daniel McMillian, LB Jarrad Davis, LB Alex Anzalone, CB Quincy Wilson, CB Teez Tabor, S Marcus Maye, DE Bryan Cox Jr., QB Austin Appleby, OT David Sharpe
As a Bay Area guy, I do hold my NFL loyalty (however dwindling) to the 49ers. But anyway, after the last offensive play of the game, it had me thinking about one of the 1 or 2 smart things the 49ers did all season.
Deadspin caught on as well: http://deadspin.com/the-49ers-did-something-smart-yesterday-1788674473
(hopefully someone can embed the GIF)
If Alabama tackles/holds all eligible recievers, time runs off and only results in a defensive holding penalty. Clemson most likely has to throw the ball away for at best one untimed down and would have had to kick the game tying field goal. Game would have more than not gone to overtime. DISCUSS!