well that's just, like, your opinion, man
Following Minnesota, Michigan's 1st real challenge re: the B10 title will come with a trip to State College, PA. In spite of a ton of personnel losses and an 0-2 start last year, BOB turned his "bunch of fuckers" into an 8-4 team. Aside from a couple LBers and the QB, it looks like PSU has most of it's team back having pushed past the distractions of a year ago. The B10 receiver of the year, freshman of the year on defense and quality experience on the OL return to Happy Valley.
Offensively, there aren't a ton of All B10 level players, but lots of quality experience returns nonetheless. Maybe 2 OLs, OLSM's own Allen Robinson (B10 WR of the year) and a deep TE core may contend for All B10. BOB loves the TE in much the same way gorgeous Al does, and will probably run a lot of 2TE sets. The QB will be the big ? as they either have a JC transfer or true FR Chris "HeAintNoChadHenne" Hackenburg will be under center.
Defensively they lose 2 quality LBers, but has PSU ever NOT had a LBer in waiting? I think they'll be above average in the front 7, barring injuries to guys like Hull and Barnes (B10 FR of the year). It's the secondary that looks to be a tire fire in the making as there is little quality in the starters and no depth.
The schedule seems the same as last year as M and Minn rotate on the schedule- they now miss MSU, Iowa and NW. Syracuse is the opener in State College and I'm going with the Orange in spite of my total lack of repect for that school. Depth will hurt PSU as injuries accumulate late in the season, but it's the QB situation that makes me think Cuse comes away with what will be their biggest win in perhaps a decade.
Should PSU prove me wrong, they (just as Minnesota) look to be 5-0 when M appears across the sideline, followed by a trip to the 'Shoe. I think they lose those 2, the trip to Minn and the last 2 vs Neb and @Wisc to finish 6-6 (3-5). Aside from the QB position, it looks as if PSU should be improved this year since the transition and general circus of the last 2 years is essentially behind them and they return a lot of quality (even young quality players that you wouldn't expect due to the extreme attrition). I could see 8-4 (4-4), but 3 things are working against them: the (moderately important) QB position, the depth of the team due to s'ship limits and what I think will be an improved B10 overall. They put up valiant efforts against the Big 2, but falter down the stretch as overall team depth starts counting against them. IMO, an apparent step back for PSU awaits in spite of BOB's continued inspiring efforts.
SLIGHT MOD EDIT: Changed "F---ers" to Lions. Let's not go there today, folks. LSA
1) I was referring to BOB's 'bunch of fuckers' line after their win last year vs Wisc. Didn't mean to offend your virgin ears.
2) god forbid we have any actual football discussion at all, what with the game of thrones/shark week/seat cushin debates taking up so much room in the intratube of webs.
I know, I know, I'm sick of hearing about this kid too, but this wouldn't surprise me if it were true, given his eventful offseason.
Here is the article. It focuses on his journey from junior hockey to the NFL (he was drafted by the Giants in the seventh round). The Michigan part:
Next, he all but gave up elite hockey because he wanted to try other sports. Almost by accident, he ended up at a Connecticut prep school where, even though he had never played a down of organized football, he blossomed into a top rusher. Considered a top football prospect, he chose Michigan among several big-time suitors. For the second time in his athletic career, he was oddly banished to the bench, averaging about six carries a year.
This edition of the recruiting rankings features a change at the top of the board — one you probably won't like, obviously — as well as the debut of the NOTY Power Rankings, because players named J-Shun and Geronimo committed to Big Ten schools this month and this clearly requires action.
Changes since last rankings:
7-5-13: Jason Hall decommits from Nebraska (later commits to Texas). Nebraska picks up Larenzo Stewart.
7-8-13: Wisconsin picks up D.J. Gillins. Iowa picks up Mick Ellis. Purdue picks up Gelen Robinson.
7-9-13: Northwestern picks up Robert Westerfield. Illinois picks up Julian Hylton.
7-10-13: Indiana picks up J-Shun Harris.
7-15-13: Michigan State picks up Matt Morrissey.
7-16-13: Iowa picks up Terrence Harris.
7-19-13: Indiana picks up Nick Carovillano and Jermane Conyers.
7-20-13: Iowa picks up Ben Niemann. Minnesota picks up Andrew Stelter.
7-23-13: Purdue picks up Drue Tranquill.
7-24-13: Illinois picks up Tyrin Stone-Davis.
7-25-13: Illinois picks up Tyree Stone-Davis and Geronimo Allison.
7-28-13: Ohio State picks up Demetrious Knox.
7-29-13: Ohio State picks up Malik Hooker.
8-3-13: Michigan State picks up Robert Bowers.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|247 Comp. Rank* (Nat'l Rank)||School||# Commits||5*||4*||3*||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||247 Avg||ESPN Avg||Avg Avg^|
|1 (6) ↑1||Ohio State||16||0||10||6||3.38||3.63||3.79||3.65||3.61|
|2 (10) ↓1||Michigan||14||1||7||6||3.50||3.57||3.57||3.79||3.61|
|4 (24)||Penn State||13||0||4||9||3.23||3.31||3.31||3.38||3.31|
|5 (29)||Michigan State||14||0||0||14||3.07||3.14||3.36||3.21||3.20|
|8 (43) ↑1||Iowa||12||0||1||8||2.83||2.83||2.92||2.83||2.85|
|9 (49) ↓1||Nebraska||11||0||0||10||2.82||2.55||3.00||3.18||2.89|
|11 (69) ↑2||Indiana||10||0||0||7||2.50||2.50||2.60||2.80||2.60|
|12 (70) ↑2||Purdue||8||0||0||6||2.63||2.88||2.75||2.88||2.78|
|13 (76) ↓1||Minnesota||6||0||1||5||3.00||3.33||3.17||2.67||3.04|
|14 (79) ↓3||Maryland||8||0||0||6||2.75||2.50||2.75||3.00||2.75|
*Full rankings and explanation here.
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (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.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data after the jump.
(from Gordon Berenson who posted it first:
I think this link is ($) but Wiltfong over at 247 has reported that Jared Wangler was offered by Michigan today. I don't know what that means in the recruiting tea leaves but I assume it means some other LB/S prospects are becoming less likely or the staff sees another scholarship becoming available. Probably safe to assume he's going to flip and commit to Michigan soon.
What does this mean? Let's speculate.)