This morning my co-workers (a couple of which are fans of SEC schools) and I chatted about Michigan’s odds of beating Bama, and they insisted if we win it’s because of Rich Rodriguez’s recruiting of athletes (i.e. Denard, Fitz, Gallon, Roundtree, Roh, etc.) that can keep up with the speed of SEC teams. I then responded that there’s no way we would be able to keep Bama within striking distance with Rich Rod’s defenses, and they then pointed out how Rich Rod beat SEC teams at West Virginia on several occasions and beat Oklahoma in a BCS game.
The Board’s thoughts on this? I was pretty dismissive until thinking about it. All of our offensive starters were RRod recruits, and 9 to 10 of our defensive starters were RRod recruits.