1) Clemson wins despite being -2 in turnovers and having a seriously inferior punting game - thus losing the field position battle in a major way for most of the game. Even those things up and Clemson might have won by 3 touchdowns.
2) It took an incredible (2nd half) performance by a very very good team to beat an Alabama team that fought with one arm tied behind its back. Damn they're good.
Will be interesting to see how Alabama's loss of its aura of invincibility plays out during the final 3 weeks of 2017 recruiting. (No, I don't expect commits to defect, but just maybe it influences a certain 5-star DL's assessment of the schools he is considering).
Mario Cristobal is currently OL coach for 'Bama, and his recruiting prowess is pretty well established. He was a former head coach at FIU.
Leatherwood likely needs little introduction. He is a 5* OT who had Michigan on his radar before settling on 'Bama a while ago. Maybe this moves the needle?
Leatherwood's 247 Profile: http://247sports.com/Player/Alex-Leatherwood-80818
That is just ridiculous: http://247sports.com/Season/2017-Football/CompositeRecruitRankings
So, the handling of transfers isn't always pretty - and UM hasn't always been above the fray...but an Alabama player had a pretty awful time attempting to transfer.
“On Friday, June 17, I arrived at the athletic facility locker room to find my locker cleaned out and all of my personal belongings in the trash (photo attached) underneath trash,” Smith wrote. “These personal items included my family photos, written goals, inspirational and sentimental items memorializing my deceased former friend, roommate and teammate, Altee Tenpenny, and items of personal value from my former teammates.”
Not long after, an unidentified Alabama staffer told Smith that he could no longer work out at the athletic facility. Another staff member later told him he was no longer allowed at the athletic facility “to workout, to eat, or anything.”
I am sure Nick didn't personally deposit the player's belongings in the trash, but I can't imagine his personal demeanor didn't trickle down to players and staff.
Pretty awful way to treat a player who has given a lot to your program...for people who have been in air-conditioning their whole lives, no less. /s
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I guess I'll put the relevant ones for us down here: Michigan +/- 10 (the same as Alabama), Ohio State +/- 9.5, Michigan State +/- 7.5, Notre Dame +/- 9.5, Nebraska +/- 8.5, Iowa +/- 8.5.
(I included Nebraska and Iowa because they're the teams with the best odds to win the Big Ten West)