Michigan picks up a commitment, so the rankings are front-paged this week. There was very little action elsewhere this week, with the rest of the top eight remaining entirely unchanged. Also, Indiana continues to be unaware that they have a football program, which is probably for the best. Changes since the last rankings:
5-9-12: Michigan picks up Csont'e York. Illinois picks up Kenton Gibbs. Purdue picks up Randy Gregory.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||ESPN Avg||Avg Avg^|
^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.
Just a heads up, TomVH is having a chat on ESPN.com at noon.
Out of boredom, I've been scanning some of the other B1G sports blogs (plus ND's), and of course reading posts here on MGoBlog linking to and dscussing other teams, and it just made me realize how fortunate I am to be a Michigan fan. I got to thinking about which B1G fanbase I would least want to ever be a part of. Looking at football especially, I considered such aspects as program history, recent success, coaches and ADs, scandals, and the quality of the fanbase. Here is my thoroughly researched, scientific, unbiased and objective ranking of B1G fanbases I would hate to belong to with worst being number 1, and reason(s) in parentheses:
1. PSU (Jerry Sandusky, JoePa and administration's response)
2. OSU (the rest of the fanbase is the worst part--the scandals, another lesser issue)
3. IU (football so crappy basketball is the #1 focus even in September)
4. ND ( strong history; sucky team for decades, and a delusional fanbase)
5. PU ( better at football than IU; worse at basketball, no money being used to support athletics)
6. Illini (Year after year of good recruits and crappy teams; does place players in NFL)
7. NW (Good coaching, teams that battle, indifferent fanbase)
8. MSU (good success lately, good runs going back 70 years, thug players, burning couches)
9. Minn (tough place to recruit, positive sparks now and again)
10. Neb. (great tradition, team showing signs of some recent success, coach named Bo)
11. Iowa (quality sports blog, decent team year in and out)
12. Wisc. (Good success in past decade)
13. UM (need I say more?)
How would you rank the teams you would most hate to be a fan of?
Hey all. Hope everyone has had a great offseason so far and have an awesome summer planned. Havent been around much, but I am fixing to change that, so you're warned.
Believe it or not, but there are some spreads out for college games right now. Not that many. By this time next month, we'll have over 200 games with a line. As of now, all I can find are 10 games from Week 1 available to play at 5Dimes. I just posted over at the JCB about these games, but I figured I would list them here and see if we cant 1.) get any discussion going and B.) see if we can asscertain if there's any sort of consensus on anything this early in the game.
South Carolina -10 at Vandy (Thursday)
NC State +6.5 vs Tenn (nuetral site)(Friday)
Boise +6.5 at Mich State (Friday)
Navy +13.5 vs Notre Dame (Dublin)
Marhsall +21.5 at WVA
Auburn +5 at Clemson
Southern Miss +13 at Brasker
MICH +14 vs Bama (Dallas)
Kentucky +10 at LVille (Sunday)
Georgia Tech +9 at Virginia Tech (Monday Night)
Any thoughts? Any best bets? BOOK IT. Or something. Still more than 100 days to go. Not sure if I will make it......
This came out on the Solid Verbal this week (16:30 mark of the 5/9 show... ).
Would you let your kid play football? They both said... no.
It's slow. It's May-...here's a survey...I'll post it as a comment if this html doesn't work...
It didn't work...on to the comments...who needs surveys when you have a board. I won't taint anyone's opinion in saying I would encourage the heck out of my son not to play, but would sign him up if he stood his ground. I'm trending toward no on this question...more and more each year.
Results as of 12:17AM A2 time 05/15/12
Yes - 59.1%- 202 votes
No - 25.4% - 87 votes
Maybe - 15.5% - 53 votes
It surprised me that the Solid Verbal guys would say no. What would Brian say - now I'm thinking no ...but I'm making that up of course.
While I don't care too much for the implication about the conference, it has been 4 years since the B1G had a team in the MNCG.
Also of concern was this:
For Michigan, it's a defensive line that looked this spring to be nowhere near as dominant as last year's bunch.