a terrible blight on our fine country
Besides a few minor individual rating changes, there's very little of note for the teams at the top of the Big Ten rankings this week. A lot of new commits for teams in the bottom half, however, including Illinois picking up four new commits to leap past Nebraska in the battle to stay out of last place. Action since last rankings:
11-6-11: Rivals just got around to posting this one, but Illinois picked up kicker Ryan Frian.
11-13-11: Minnesota picks up Jeremy Baltazar.
11-15-11: Iowa picks up Greg Mabin. Dominic Twitty decommits from Minnesota.
11-16-11: Northwestern picks up Eric Wilson. Indiana adds Shaine Boyle, David Cooper, and Tregg Waters. Iowa adds Daumantas Venckus. Illinois picks up Robbie Bain and Keith Brown.
11-17-11: Illinois picks up Lamar Atkins.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka 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.
On to the full data, after the jump.
My favorite sports stories have always been those of loss, failure and redemption. While Michigan's history is full of such stories, the last four years have been particularly notable for the frequency with which we've felt the sting of painful losses and the joy that comes from fighting back to the top.
With that in mind, and everyone pronouncing that Michigan is back, I wanted to both connect our history with the current experience, and to remember the work and the struggle that the team has worked through - and the fans have watched and been a part of. This was the result. I hope you all enjoy it.
Do you feel this is the highest level you’ve played at in years?
Denard: “Not that Michigan has played at.”
when ask "you" it doesn't mean you, denard, or you, 2011 michigan offence, or you, this michigan team. "You" to Denard means, Michigan. i.e. all of the teams before him and including this team.
Strikes me as very cool. Genuine. Sincere. And speaks volumes.
Michigan is #17 and #16 in the AP and coaches poll respectively. Anyone else worried(If we win) that we might not get to #14 after OSU to qualify for a BCS Bowl? Give me your thoughts
EDIT: Good points. Beat Ohio
And in the newly released BCS Standings, we are at 15
I thought everyone would like to know that one of the Directors of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was lingering around in the press conference after Yesterdays game. I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else, but I thought it was interesting.
Here are some photos from Yesterdays game. It is a long slideshow, but given the result of the game, I thought we'd all like to enjoy it a little more than a normal one. Also, to Heiko, I thought you'd be bigger...:)