More than halfway through the year, thought it might be a good idea to see how next year's matchups will stack up. All info comes from Rivals...I throw in some minimal commentary, but thought others might find this interesting.
Umich returns 8.5 on offense (loses FB and swaps Stonum for Hemmingway, loses Koger and Molk). Returns 8.5 on D depending on how you view Heinenger.
Sparty returns 6.5 on offense with all the loses huge (QB, WR1/2, best O lineman and .5 for Fullback) They return 9 on Defense and that assumes Worthy heads to NFL.
OSU returns 8 on offense with all 3 loses on the O-Line. They retrurn 10 on D with LB Sweat hitting the road.
Nebraska returns 9 on offense (only losing 2 lineman) and 9 on D (Crick is not counted since as of today he is done playing in college)
ND returns 7 on O (lose Floyd + 3 starting O lineman and 2 of their top 5 lineman backups) and 5 on D (I show Lynch as a starter and rivals has him as a backup)
Alabama returns 6 on offense (I assume T. Rich is gone) and 5 on D (the D starts 6 seniors and 5 juniors and I assume one Junior goes Pro - will possibly be 2 or 3).
Summary of returning players out of 22:
Umich: 17/22 or 77%
Sparty:15.5/22 or 70%
OSU:18/22 or 82%
Nebraska: 18/22 or 82%
Notre Dame: 12/22 or 55%
Alabama: 11/22 or 50%
Again my disclaimer: data is only as good as Rivals depth chart data.
Summary: Sparty's D will be very good again next year. Notre Dame loses a lot and so does Alabama, but Alabama has All Big Ten caliber talent on their bench.