well that's just, like, your opinion, man
I'll spare you my position by position optimism; I'm just curious if anyone else believes that Michigan can duplicate Auburn's success this season.
I'll only add this: The interior o-line will be better, as will Green and Smith. Also, If I were a betting man, I'd bet on Devin Gardner showing what a Michigan QB is made out of next season. He won't leave this university with the legacy of being the starting QB for a team that lost at least 5 games three seasons in a row. As for the defense, like the offensive line, I believe they go into even the offseason conditoning pissed off, and with a larger than average chip on their shoulders. To me this is the recipe of a major bounce back season; whether it's as big of a turn around as Auburn's remains to be seen.
Now that the season is over, the folks over at USA Today have created a way too early poll for the upcoming season.
Of note, OSU is ranked #4, MSU #6, Wisc #14 and ND #15. They have Michigan on the outside looking in. What do you think of the poll, do you think this is what the polls will look like come the start of the season?
For those not wanting to hit the link:
4. Ohio State (12-2)
Why No. 4? Because coach Urban Meyer and his staff have recruited at such level as to offset the number of losses to graduation and the NFL – like the four offensive linemen, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier. On offense, the Buckeyes are loaded with elite talent at the skill positions, like running backs Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott, but must address those holes up front. Conversely, the defense will be dominant along the line but will have holes in the secondary. Based on what they've done through two years, give Meyer and the staff benefit of the doubt in the Big Ten.
6. Michigan State (13-1)
Why No. 6? Because the Spartans' foundation of defensive excellence combined with a punishing offense makes them a threat for the national championship. On offense, quarterback Connor Cook developed into one of the Big Ten's best in his first year as a starter. Joining Cook is a solid group of returning skill players in the backfield and receiver, though the line loses a trio of senior starters. Even with a number of starters gone on defense, the system in place – as run by coordinator Pat Narduzzi – almost guarantees another elite performance.
I've spent chunks of the last three days watching film of the 13 quarterbacks rumored to have Michigan's interest for the class of 2015. Two of them have already been offered, but the other 11 have been suggested as possibilities at various times. In an attempt not to bias myself, I did not look at each player's ranking(s) before watching the video of each one and writing about their strengths and weaknesses. The #1 guy on the list probably won't come as a surprise, but perhaps #2 will be.
With the conclusion of the 2013 college football season ending in thrilling fashion tonight, there are now 235 days until Michigan kicks off the season at home vs App State.
CAN'T WAIT (Bart Scott Voice)
Let's hope the 2014 offseason treats us well.
EDIT: ESS EEE SEE goes down! Commence!
As mentioned on the broadcast, the AFCA Coaches' Trophy awarded to Coaches Poll champion from 1986-1997 and the BCS from 1998-2013 is officially retired.
A damn shame Michigan never got one. Even though they EARNED it in 1997.
Quite a few PSU football assistant coaches have pulled the ripcord, and clearly not all expecting to land in Houston with BOB.
Source: Penn Live artciel here.
With that in mind, here is a look at some key members of Penn State's 2013 program and where they are now:
Larry Johnson: PSU defensive line coach is now the interim head coach charged with keeping the 2014 recruiting class together. He is also expected to interview for the permanent head coaching job.
John Butler: The Lions' defensive coordinator is well-liked by O'Brien. He resigned his post at PSU on Monday.
Stan Hixon: PSU's wide receivers coach. Expected to join O'Brien in Houston.
Charles London: PSU running backs coach. Another one of O'Brien's first hires at PSU. He was involved in recruiting. Could be Houston-bound.
Charlie Fisher: Quarterbacks coach resigned in early December.
Mac McWhorter: Veteran offensive line coach might be done with coaching with O'Brien now in the pro game. Still listed on PSU staff.
John Strollo: PSU tight ends coach. Not sure if Strollo fits into the future plans of either O'Brien or Penn State. Still listed on PSU staff.
Ron Vanderlinden: Linebackers coach resigned in early December. Would next PSU coach welcome him back on coaching staff?
Anthony Midget: First-year safeties coach has a history of moving around. Rumors circulating about him reuniting with O'Brien in Houston. Resigned Monday.
Craig Fitzgerald: PSU's popular strength and conditioning coach resigned Monday. FightonState.com reported Fitzy will join O'Brien in Houston.
Bill Kavanaugh: Penn State's director of player personnel and recruiting specialist left PSU in December for a heading coaching job at his alma mater, Bentley (Mass.).
Jimmy Bernhardt: Bill O'Brien's special assistant and longtime friend is expected to join the Texans.