Apologies to the Mathlete if this constitutes stepping on his turf.
Last year's Michigan roster had a very high percentage of first- and second-year players. I looked back at the past 16 seasons and compared under vs. upper classmen on the roster and mapped it with the team's winning percentage.
It's not airtight but I think there are some trends worth observing:
We've only had one really good year with an underclassmen-heavy roster, and that was the year with fifth-year senior Tom Brady under center.
Other other two "really good years" had an upperclassmen majority and followed a year where the opposite was true.
Noticeable year-to-year shifts in underclassmen:upperclassmen tend to go along with similar shifts in winning percentage. When the percentage of upperclassmen dives, so does win %, and generally vice versa.
It suggests that this year will be better than last year...the huge sophomore class jumps to upperclass status, we've got a small freshman class and only 1-2 of them will be counted on for production (Peppers, possibly Canteen and Cole), and a fifth-year senior QB.
Wiltfong and Tremendous both today...hmmmm. I wonder what happened. FWIW both have Thompson going to Sparty.
This is my first time doing this and a lot of people don't like my real and sometimes unintelligent posts but isn't this hot seat talk getting carried away? All the Big Ten stuff and then on sportscenter. Then they have the next clip on Braxton the Miller's daughter primed and ready to go. I guess, whatever. Even when you are down they know they must keep you down. Hail! Probably the most worthless post ever but it just bugs the hell out of me. These people who write this stuff, make it televised and keep bringing it up are the ones pouring the gas on the fire. Not that it's a fire though because we going to whoop some ass this year!
What a great way to answer the question.
Everybody is going to say whatever they want to say,” Gardner said. “My job is to make sure he’s not on the hot seat, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to make sure we win football games, and I’m going to play as hard as I can with my teammates, and I’m going to encourage my teammates, and my teammates are going to encourage me, and we’re going to make sure that’s not even the talk anymore.