I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
Do we have an official word on the meaning of Denard's hand thing after scores? It looked as if he was "eating", was it "stay hungry"?
Per TomVH over @ ESPN. Good news to start the day.
*edit (Stanford is the other school)
Team 132 finished off the season in fine form. We haven't heard a lot about or from Wellman and his staff this year. They have done a great job and deserve credit for having the team in shape to be competitive in every single game this season.
The team was prepared mentally and physically to compete to the bitter end, nobody pushed 2011 Michigan around. I know they didn't play Wisconsin (prob. most physical B1G team) but I have full confidence that had they this year, it would have been a hard fought battle.
Thank you Aaron Wellman, Aaron Hillman, Mark Naylor, Jim Plocki, Corey Twine and everyone else on the S&C staff who helped team 132 prepare for Saturdays.
The Leaders Division next year looks to be especially weak. Indiana will continue to struggle. Purdue is a bit better, but still no where near a powerhouse. Illinois got clobbered this year in the B1G and will suffer through a coaching change, and Penn State, who knows how they will end up, but unless they pull out a miracle in landing a top notch coaching staff, they look to struggle next year, and possibly for several years, as well. That leaves Wisconsin and Ohio. Wisconsin has 6 senior starters on offense, including QB Wilson and WR Toon, and 5 senior starters on defense. Several of the second stringers are freshman this year. Wisconsin will likely have a steep dropoff next year. That leaves Ohio, who should be a shoe-in for tops in the Leaders Division next year. There certainly looks like there will be an imbalance in power between the two divisions. Minnesota was the weak sister in the Legends Division this year, but they have already made great strides. Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern all look to have decent teams next year, and will possibly be as good or better than every team in the Leaders Division except for Ohio. Michigan will be the best team among the Legends. Looks like the Michigan- Ohio game next year might just get repeated in the championship game as well.
What do you think about next year in the B1G?
Looking ahead to next season, the Big Ten is going to be losing some serious recieving talent. Check out this list from cfbstats: http://www.cfbstats.com/2011/leader/827/player/split01/category03/sort01...
9 of the top 11 WRs look to graduate. The top returning WR (Abbrederis) loses his All-Big Ten quarterback. Nearly every team will have to replace its #1 wide-out (Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue excluded). NW and MSU are going to be hit particularly hard. NW loses Persa and its top 2 recievers, while MSU loses Cousins, its top 3 wide-outs, AND their pass-catching TE.
I can't help but think Stonum, if he comes back ready to play, may have an easy road to an All-Big Ten season.
Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma, Cal, and USC. Go Blue!
He won't going to Auburn according to a recent espn insider article FWIW, But UF is a serious factor atm.