landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Here is a look at every team in the NCAA and whether we want them to win or not:
(Rankings are based on RPI as of Saturday Morning 2/28; parenthesis enclose Pairwise Ranking)
1. Boston University (1)-Win: There is no chance of Michigan catching BU, so it would be nice if they could knock down some other Hockey East teams (i.e. Northeastern)
2. Notre Dame (3)-Lose: We trail them, we have the opportunity to catch them, and they're Notre Dame
3. Michigan (4)-Win: Obvious
4. Northeastern (5)-Lose: If Northeastern does well in their conference tournament, they may pass us
5. Denver (2)-Lose: They lead us in the Pairwise and we stand a good chance of passing them if they lose once, as every remaining game they have should come against Pairwise top-25 teams.
6. Vermont (t-6)-Lose: Like Northeastern, they too have a fair chance to pass us. However, unless they win out, we should be ok.
7. Yale (t-6)-Win: We have a solid lead over them in our comparison and they have a shot at winning comparisons against
Denver, Northeastern, and Vermont, which would boost or secure Michigan's ranking.
8. New Hampshire (t-8)-Lose: When I say lose here, I mean that we don't want New Hampshire to win the Hockey East Tournament. Unless they do that, we should stay in front of them. Also, it would be nice to see UNH upset some higher ranked teams.
9. North Dakota (t-8)-Lose: North Dakota is surging. They probably won't pass us, but even if they don't, it would be nice if they lost some momentum going into the NCAA tournament.
10. Princeton (10)-Win: Another team that can't catch us but could hurt other teams. However, Yale can do a better job of this so we want Yale over Princeton.
11. Cornell (11)-Mixed: Can't really do anything for us but if they lose to Yale and/or Princeton, it'll help our cause indirectly. That said, they don't really matter.
12. Minn-Duluth (t-12)-Win: They play other WCHA teams that we want devalued. They also aren't a threat.
13. Miami (t-12)-Lose: Thanks to OSU, we have a secure comparison here. However, it would be nice for some security in the 2-spot of the CCHA standings (if we beat Ferris State tonight, this point becomes moot).
14. Ohio State (14)-Lose: They're Ohio State
15. Colorado College (t-15)-Win: Like Minn-Duluth, they could knock down some other WCHA teams ranked above them
16. St. Lawrence (t-15)-Mixed: Same as Cornell, but when they win, our RPI improves
17. Minnesota (17)-Lose: We currently hold the #4 overall seed. Should Minnesota make the tournament, we would probably play them in the first round at their home rink. This would suck.
18. Boston College (18)-Win: Another Hockey East team that could screw over teams ranked ahead of them.
19. Wisconsin (t-19)-Win: Another WCHA team that could hurt teams above it. Also, we want Minnesota State to lose, and they play Minnesota State.
20. Air Force (t-19)-Win: You never root against the Air Force
21. St. Cloud State (21)-Win: Same as Wisconsin. Also, they play Denver tonight.
22. UMass-Lowell (22)-Win: Another Hockey East team that could screw over teams ranked ahead of them.
23. Alaska (23)-Win: We'd be indifferent, but they're playing Alaska-Anchorage, whom we want to lose.
24. Rochester Institute of Technology (24)-Indifferent: They play such a low level of competition that they have no bearing on us.
25. Minnesota State (25)-Lose: Minn State provides a lot of TUC wins to WCHA teams, including Denver. If they're knocked out of the top 25 RPI, Denver falls below us.
26. Dartmouth (NR)-Win: Pass Minn State
27. Massachusetts (NR)-Lose: We don't want a weak Hockey East team in the top 25 or the rest of Hockey East gets a boost in their TUC records
28. Northern Michigan (NR)-Lose: If NMU makes the top 25, Michigan gets 2 losses in their TUC record. It also makes for a crappy comparison.
29. Alaska-Anchorage (NR)-Lose: They add wins in the TUC column of the rest of the WCHA if they make it into the top 25.
30. Nebraska-Omaha (NR)-Win: If they make it into the top 25, Michigan gets 2 more TUC wins.
36. Michigan State (NR)-Lose: FYS
Everyone else: Play the spoiler against teams that aren't us.
Update: With Alaska's loss to Alaska-Anchorage, Alaska now is on the cusp of falling out of the Pairwise. Should this happen, Michigan moves into third place behind Notre Dame. Furthermore, Notre Dame loses credit for a sweep against a TUC. This will lead to a highly interesting scenario where Notre Dame will get a one seed if they get two wins against TUCs or a loss in the second round.
I thought I'd run down the All-American game rosters to compare teams total number of players in both the Army and Under Armour games. I thought maybe some other people would be interested in this too.
Top All-American Teams:
1. Texas - 12
2. USC - 10
3. Ohio State - 10
6. Georgia - 9
***5. Michigan - 8***
6. Florida - 8
7. Notre Dame - 7
8. Oklahoma - 6
9. North Carolina - 6
10. Miami (FL) - 6
* Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and LSU all have 5
Here's the full list of schools who have recruits playing in either All-American game, in alphabetical order. The list works like this:
School - (Total # of All-Americans) # of Army/# of Under Armour
Alabama - (5) 4/1
Arkansas - (1) 1/0
Arizona State - (1) 1/0
Cal - (3) 1/2
Clemson - (5) 3/2
Florida - (8) 4/4
Florida State - (5) 1/4
Georgia - (9) 3/6
Illinois - (3) 2/1
Iowa - (1) 0/1
LSU - (5) 2/3
Maryland - (1) 0/1
Miami(FL) - (6) 2/4
*****Michigan - (8) 5/3*****
Michigan State - (2) 2/0
Minnesota - (2) 0/2
Mississippi State - (2) 1/1
Missouri - (1) 1/0
North Carolina - (6) 5/1
Notre Dame - (7) 6/1
Ohio State - (10) 5/5
Oklahoma - (6) 3/3
Oklahoma State - (1) 1/0
Oregon - (1) 1/0
Penn State - (3) 1/2
Rutgers - (1) 1/0
South Carolina - (3) 0/3
South Florida - (2) 0/2
Stanford - (4) 1/3
Tennessee - (1) 1/0
Texas - (12) 7/5
Texas A&M - (1) 1/0
UCLA - (3) 0/3
USC - (10) 6/4
Virginia Tech - (1) 1/0
Wake Forest - (1) 0/1
West Virginia - (2) 1/1
So what does this all mean? Nothing we didn't know already really. Getting Will Campbell obviously helped us out alot. It's good to see with all the decommits we still rank among the top classes. If we had kept Newsome/Beaver/Mcneal we'd have an elite class. Hopefully we can fill those spots in with some high quality recruits and end up somewhere in or near the top 5 classes. North Carolina really surprised me here, especially once they picked up Brennan Williams during the game. Texas dominated everyone but there could possibly be a slight bias to Texas high-schoolers selected for this game seeing as the game is played in San Antonio. Florida nabbed two commits during the game, placing them near the top of the list.
All-Americans by conference:
SEC - 34
Big Ten - 29
ACC - 25
Pac-10 - 22 (10 from USC)
Big 12 - 21 (18 combined from Texas and Oklahoma)
..this is sad for the Big East more than anything else...
I-A Independents (Notre Dame) - 7
Big East - 5
So some unbalance in the Pac-10 and ridiculous amount in the Big 12. These numbers give hope to the Big Ten coming back soon, and point to a possible demise of the Big East. All in all, 14 different schools have as many or more all-americans than the entire Big East (including us!).
Important to remember that players don't have to attend an All-American game or even perform well in that game to be good in college.
You really have to be proud of Rodriguez and our recruiting class right now. Just trying to keep hopes up for next year :)
Update - 1/5/09:
-Added 6 commits from UA game, updating top ten and conference totals
-This list is derived from rosters on Rivals.com, from these links:
-Updated the list during the Army game with the recruits who committed during the broadcast, plan to update tomorrow after Under Armour game as well
All the talk about classless fans and blah blah in the Hate topic makes me depressed about the state of human nature. Now we all watch a lot of football, and unless you are sociopathic nutjob (which does include probably a good 30% of all sports fans) there must be some teams you actually like besides your own.
I get that we are Michigan fans, but don't worry - you can like other teams too! In this thread, we name them! I will begin:
1. USC - Fuck yes I'm a front running bastard. I respect success, and Pete Carroll gets me JACKED every time I hear him talk. Uniforms are badass, players are badass, I even like Fight On.
2. Washington - When I was a wee child, I hated them because they beat UM in the Rose Bowl. But then Tyrone ran all over them the next year, and that was that. I just want Ty Willingham to win and stick it to the Domers, but I don't think it's happening.
3. Auburn - I've got no real good reason here except they have cool uniforms, Bo Jackson used to play for them, and Cadillac Williams was a great fantasy football back for like 6 weeks for me.
4. Texas - Cool unis, cool tradition, and some of my favorite players (Ricky Williams, Vince Young, MAJOR FUCKING APPLEWHITE), and my buddy said their fans were super nice at the Rose Bowl.
5. South Carolina - I love Spurrier, with all my heart.
Honorable Mentions : Arizona (good team to build up in NCAA), Rutgers (always wanted, still do want, Michigan to play them), Fresno St (Pat Hill is a badass, love the anytime-anyplace scheduling philosophy they have employed).
Also, WVU used to be Top 5 on this list.