at least it's not just us?
This may be kind of a "no duh" in these parts, but nice to see our schedule strength get some national recognition. Here are the top 10 toughest 2012 football schedules per Bruce Feldman at CBSSports.
Commissioners in the process of molding the first major-college football playoff are leaning toward floating bowl sites for the semifinal games.
In fact, the predetermined rotation of semifinal sites in the bowls was described as a “non-starter” to CBSSports.com. There are still discussions over the sites of the entire three-game playoff (in or outside of bowls), but there seems to be a growing consensus that the bowls will at least host the semifinals. The Big Ten recently backed off an idea for campus sites to host semifinals.
While site issue is one of many yet to be resolved in the playoff discussion, this development does point out that the commissioners are sensitive to the fairness issue.
They do not want the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds having to “go on the road” in the semifinals. In other words, if the Sugar Bowl were anchored in advance to be a semifinal site, it would be possible that a No. 4 seed – say, LSU – would have the home-field advantage playing the No. 1-seeded opponent in the Superdome.
So in that instance, LSU as the SEC champ would forego its Sugar Bowl berth and instead would be the visiting team at the No. 1 seed's bowl tie in site. I presume that if No. 1 or No. 2 was an independent [scoffs at self] or from a conference without a fixed bowl tie in, the semifinal bowl game would be backed into by determining which conference champions had to stay or be moved from their tie in bowls based on BCS standings.
Since the Rose Bowl would be a "home" game for a B1G champion ranked 1 or 2, if that team was matched with a 3 or 4 ranked Pac-12 team, home could be in name only, especially if the Pac-12 rep was USC or UCLA. Even so, this is probably the best solution after campus sites (a non-starter option anyhow).
2013 elite 5-star safety recruit Su'a Cravens, who had recently listed Michigan in his top 5, has cancelled his midwest visit to Michigan and Nebraska due to a school conflict (finals). No big deal, right? Well, he has not pushed back his June 6th announcement date.
Credit to rossra2 for posting this link in another thread.
Little of note in this week's recruiting rankings, save for Illinois jumping up a couple of spots after breaking double-digit commits. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day; thank you to the incredibly brave people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their beliefs and country. Changes since the last rankings:
5-22-12: Nebraska picks up Dan Samuelson.
5-26-12: Illinois picks up Reon Dawson.
|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.
2103 K/P J.J. McGrath (Lutheran HS North, Macomb) just tweeted:
@_McGrath13 Top 10: MSU, LSU, South Carolina, Bama, Auburn, USF, Air Force, Cal, Florida, Michigan (No specific order/cut down to 5 after June camps)
With Matt Wile entering into his sophomore year, 2013 might be the year for the next scholarship kicker/punter.
The recruiting sites haven't begun to rate 2013 specialists yet, but kicking.com rates him the #2 2013 kicker (rankings appear to be based on 2011 HS season stats vice kicking camp results).
It appears the last camp he attended was the Kohl's Kicking Camp held 27 June 2011 at Saline HS. He compared favorably to MSU's 2012 preferred walk on Kevin Cronin of Traverse City and hit a 58 yd FG at that camp according to this ESPN recap.
According to the tweet, McGrath will attend camps this June, so we'll see if he starts garnering additional attention then.
Video from the Saline camp:
Punting practice video:
Jehu Chesson took 1st in the 100m dash (10.70s), 2nd in the 110m hurdles (14.15s), and 1st in the 300m hurdles (37.77s) at the Missouri Class 4 Track & Field State Championships. He lost the 110m hurdles by 0.01s which kept him from the clean sweep. He could be the sleeper of the 2012 class.
that there is ladue's jehu chesson. won the 100 and 300 hurdles. runner up in 110 hurdles. http://pic.twitter.com/vIaTuhkN