Besides a few minor individual rating changes, there's very little of note for the teams at the top of the Big Ten rankings this week. A lot of new commits for teams in the bottom half, however, including Illinois picking up four new commits to leap past Nebraska in the battle to stay out of last place. Action since last rankings:
11-6-11: Rivals just got around to posting this one, but Illinois picked up kicker Ryan Frian.
11-13-11: Minnesota picks up Jeremy Baltazar.
11-15-11: Iowa picks up Greg Mabin. Dominic Twitty decommits from Minnesota.
11-16-11: Northwestern picks up Eric Wilson. Indiana adds Shaine Boyle, David Cooper, and Tregg Waters. Iowa adds Daumantas Venckus. Illinois picks up Robbie Bain and Keith Brown.
11-17-11: Illinois picks up Lamar Atkins.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
My favorite sports stories have always been those of loss, failure and redemption. While Michigan's history is full of such stories, the last four years have been particularly notable for the frequency with which we've felt the sting of painful losses and the joy that comes from fighting back to the top.
With that in mind, and everyone pronouncing that Michigan is back, I wanted to both connect our history with the current experience, and to remember the work and the struggle that the team has worked through - and the fans have watched and been a part of. This was the result. I hope you all enjoy it.
Do you feel this is the highest level you’ve played at in years?
Denard: “Not that Michigan has played at.”
when ask "you" it doesn't mean you, denard, or you, 2011 michigan offence, or you, this michigan team. "You" to Denard means, Michigan. i.e. all of the teams before him and including this team.
Strikes me as very cool. Genuine. Sincere. And speaks volumes.
I realize many of you are older (and therefore probably will not see this) and decide to give away your tickets because the late-season weather is harsh, but I make this plea to all season ticket holders. PLEASE don't sell your tickets on stubhub or some other web-based ticket broker. The last thing any of us want or need is your Michigan Stadium tickets being purchsed by Buckeye fans who will, if given the chance, populate our stadium with a revolting show of red. (See two years ago... hell, even one glance around the stadium yesterday illustrates my point)
All I ask, plead and beg of you is that if you are unable to go and you have tickets to give away, JUST FIND ANOTHER MICHIGAN FAN and let them go instead of the on-line stranger who will almost certainly be a Buckeye.
I live in Ohio and I hear Buckeye fans talk about taking over Michigan stadium like they did in '09. I realize a lot of people gave away '09 tickets, in part, due to their unwillingness to sit through the certain sadness to follow, but no self-respecting Michigan fan should ever give their ticket to a Buckeye.
If you are reading this, spread the word. Unwanted tickets should only go to MICHIGAN men "fergodsakes"!!! Keep the scarlet out of the Big House!!! Let's create the homefield advantage our guys deserve and turn this series back on a dime in the right direction!
GO BLUE !!!!!
Michigan is #17 and #16 in the AP and coaches poll respectively. Anyone else worried(If we win) that we might not get to #14 after OSU to qualify for a BCS Bowl? Give me your thoughts
EDIT: Good points. Beat Ohio
And in the newly released BCS Standings, we are at 15
I thought everyone would like to know that one of the Directors of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was lingering around in the press conference after Yesterdays game. I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else, but I thought it was interesting.
Here are some photos from Yesterdays game. It is a long slideshow, but given the result of the game, I thought we'd all like to enjoy it a little more than a normal one. Also, to Heiko, I thought you'd be bigger...:)
No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings.
Based on that rule, if LSU and Alabama both win out their regular seasons (which is probable but obviously not guaranteed) and then Georgia somehow finds a way to win the SEC Championship over LSU, the SEC would likely be able to send a 1 loss LSU and a 1 loss Alabama to the NC game (SEC NC Thread) AND send Georgia to another BCS game as an AQ. In my opinion, the fact that this scenario is even possible is just another reason why the current BCS system is ridiculous. Georgia is not even the third best team in their conference, but they are a fluke away from getting a BCS bid. I am still yet to hear a reasonable argument for why we can't just take the top 8 teams and have a playoff. That gives us 7(!!!) meaningful games, which we can still call bowls and rotate them between sites, instead of just 5 (only 1 of which is truly meaningful). We can still also have all of the other bowls for everybody else that nobody watches unless your team is in it. So, if you aren't a top team, your motor city bowl is just as meaningless as it used to be. Another benefit to the playoff system is that there would be less pressure to be perfect, so we might see fewer cupcakes in the non-conference schedules.
Anyway, those are my rants on both the SEC and BCS merged into one post. Discuss amongst yourselves.