Much has been said about Michigan beating up on MSU in recruiting this year: 6-0 in-state and 9-0 overall. Being the arrogant Michigan fan that I am, I think - 'as it should be'. So, I was wondering how we were doing against the rest of the upper half of the Big 10 (UM, OSU, PSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin, MSU). Here are the scores from head-to-head recruiting battles in the 2012 class (using Rivals offer data - if I made a mistake let me know).
vs OSU: tie 2-2
Long way to go here as most of the (many) commonly offered prospects have yet to decide. So far we have Ross and Richardson, they have Kalis and Dunn. Dunn is wavering and OSU is in trouble with the NCAA, but most of the remaining prospects are from Ohio's home turf. This one could go either way - a major change from the last 5 years or so when OSU has dominated.
vs PSU: losing 3-4
PSU has landed Denman, Jones, Wilkerson, and Williams. Michigan has Ross, Richardson, and Bolden. So far, you can draw a boundary at the eastern border of Ohio, with each side retaining their own.
vs Wisconsin: losing 2-3
The Badgers won out with Biegel, Voltz and Jackson. Michigan got Godin and Braden. Wisconsin chose to offer a couple of the less regarded prospects in Michigan's class, but since finding linemen seems to be Wisconsin's specialty we have to take that as a positive.
vs Nebraska: winning 3-0
Nebraska offered Brown, Ross, and Funchess. They only have 2 commitments, none of whom were offered by Michigan.
Michigan is hanging about even with the upper tier of the Big 10 so far. The bad news is that Michigan's class is probably at least half full already, while Wisconsin and Nebraska are just getting started. OSU has just 7 spots filled, and PSU has 8. A long way to go...
[ed. 'bad news' here relating to the final score in head-to-head battles - something that is clearly a secondary concern at best. Obviously its not 'bad' for scholarship offers to be accepted by recruits.]