Jeremy Clark news (Joining 2012 class)

Jeremy Clark news (Joining 2012 class)

Submitted by Gobluegr on October 23rd, 2011 at 6:04 PM
Rivals has a headline saying that he is not greyshirting and his local newspaper said this "North Hopkins senior cornerback Jeremy Clark will join the University of Michigan a year earlier than originally scheduled. Instead of greyshirting as part of the incoming 2013-14 class, Clark will suit up next fall. Clark has five TDs this season."... Does anyone have news on this? Edit: he is joining the 2012 class http://the-messengerblogs.com/oconnell/?p=132

Possible Walk On?

Possible Walk On?

Submitted by wresler120 on October 23rd, 2011 at 4:14 PM
I wanted to revisit the Drake Johnson from Ann Arbor Pioneer subject now that the regular season for high school football is over. I know we talked about him prior to the season, and many people said no chance that Michigan is interested in him. Obviously Pioneer is across the street from Michigan Stadium, and it's not like we the coaches don't know of him. I know there is no way he receives a scholarship offer from Michigan, but it appears his only offer right now is Eastern Michigan. I have had a chance to see this kid play last year, and this year, and he is one hell of an athlete. Pioneer has done well this year (2 losses) and many of their wins can be placed squarely on Drake Johnson. He finished the season with close to 2,2020 and 30 touchdowns, which includes a game in which he had TD runs of 62, 52, and 46 yards. He is also a stellar track athlete. I feel Thomas Rawls will become a solid back, and there's still a chance Brionte Dunn could be on board come February. Both Dunn and Rawls are known as powerful runners, and they fit perfectly into the system Hoke is putting into place. Given our situation at running back ...I feel we are really missing that running back that can line up all over the field and can be a home run threat. What do you think the chances are that we can get Drake Johnson as a walk on? EDIT: Link to So. and Jr. year highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoNlxe8HgLc

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-23-11

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-23-11

Submitted by Ace on October 23rd, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Only one new name on the board this week, but still some big moves with Gunner Kiel's decommit (or "opening up," but let's call it what it is) from Indiana and J.J. Denman flipping from Penn State to Wisconsin. I have moved around the team rankings a little bit as teams begin to fill out their classes—if a team doesn't have many commits, they'd better have high-quality prospects. In other words, get a move on, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. Action since last rankings:

10-16-11: J.J. Denman decommits from Penn State, commits to Wisconsin.
10-20-11: Nebraska picks up Zaire Anderson.
10-21-11: Gunner Kiel (Indiana) re-opens recruitment.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 22 3.50 3.64 3.41 3.59 3.53
2 Notre Dame 16 3.44 3.81 3.50 3.50 3.56
3 Penn State 16 3.25 3.44 3.19 3.25 3.28
4 Wisconsin 11 3.45 3.45 3.27 3.54 3.43
5 Ohio State 12 3.25 3.42 3.17 3.33 3.29
6 Michigan State 14 3.14 3.14 3.07 3.14 3.13
7 Indiana 18 2.39 2.44 2.41* 2.67 2.48
8 Northwestern 17 2.53 2.65 2.41 2.24 2.46
9 Purdue 20 2.75 2.30 2.55* 2.50 2.61
10 Minnesota 21 2.48 2.33 2.10* 2.66 2.41
11 Iowa 10 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
12 Nebraska 8 2.88 3.13 3.43* 3.25 3.17
13 Illinois 9 2.50 2.63 2.75 2.50 2.72

*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue), and Zaire Anderson (Nebraska) 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.

Coaches Poll: Michigan still #17 (Edit: We're AP #17)

Coaches Poll: Michigan still #17 (Edit: We're AP #17)

Submitted by jcgold on October 23rd, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Some highlights:

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3.  Stanford

4. Ok St.

5. Boise

10. Sparty

11. Wisconsin

13. Nebraska

17. Us

18. Houston (has nobody left on schedule.  A boise slip = BCS bid)

19.  Penn St.

Full Poll can be found here

EDIT:

In terms of the AP poll, we've moved up from 18 to 17.  Other differences from Coaches Poll:

3.  Ok. St.

4.  Stanford

9.  Sparty

12. Wisconsin

21. Penn St.

That poll can be found here

 

 

What to take from the Purdue-Illinois game

What to take from the Purdue-Illinois game

Submitted by go16blue on October 23rd, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Theres been a lot of talk about moving on, so lets do it.

The Purdue-Illinois game on saturday was shocking to say the least. Although they only won 21-14, Purdue dominated throughout the game. The question for us M fans is this: is Purdue that good, or is Illinois that bad? I personally lean towards the latter. Illinois looks good on paper, but they have done nothing this year to back that up, barely winning against WMU and NW, getting dominated by OSU, and now this. Purdue beat up on Minnesota, and looks better than last year, but still looks like a meh team to me. Purdues offense could cause some problems the same way NW's offense did, but I still think we win comfortably. 

Thoughts?

I could use some help.

I could use some help.

Submitted by mi93 on October 23rd, 2011 at 12:19 PM

It's sometimes easy to say "but if for that one call...", without remembering the times when the shoe's on the other foot.  Brian and many posters here do a great job of being rational and reasonable in the face of arguably classic hose jobs (the lateral, Spartan Bob, Charles White, Carlysle Holiday, Desmond tripped, Henne's TD/fumble, etc.).  What I need right now is perspective.  I'm trying to think about the games when Michigan has been the beneficiary of an egregious call in their favor.  I can come up with Braylon's "catch" and fumble against Washington and it stops there.  The extra seconds agaisnt Penn St. in 2005 seems like good coaching and officiating to me.  There are always the borderline penalties that could go either way that impact games, but I'm looking for the no-doubters, we got away with one.

Thanks in advance to all for the perspective.

BCS Standings Question

BCS Standings Question

Submitted by michiganfan39 on October 23rd, 2011 at 9:42 AM

I still can not believe what happened last night.  I am thinking the one good thing that came out of that is it made us look better  losing to a good MSU team.  I am thinking that this will play to our advantage in the BCS right?  Of course, Michigan is going to need to win out and Sparty is going to have to lose 2 games for the BCS standings and all that other stuff to come into play

Totally Bats: Big Ten Sans Divisions

Totally Bats: Big Ten Sans Divisions

Submitted by Vasav on October 23rd, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Much as we hate to admit it, the B1G's two best teams just played a classic. And as much as I dislike these teams and their coaches,  I hate it more that immediately after the game everybody was talking about the (probable) rematch in Indianapolis. Obviously a ton of things can and will happen between now and then, but these two teams are certainly the favorites to meet in the Inaugural playoff game. And by definition, that game will be more important than this game. It's not too hard to imagine that in a few years down the line, Michigan and Ohio will meet in Ann Arbor or Columbus with only 1 out-of-conference loss each - and absolutely nothing on the line, since the rematch a week later will define their seasons. While the M-OSU situation could be avoided by putting them in the same division, there's no getting around the fact that with a 12 team conference, a rematch in the title game is inevitable at some point. Unless we go with my totally bats idea.


What if the B1G played a round robin schedule (11 conference games) and worked out a deal with the NCAA that because of this, every team in the conference could play 13 games? (Isn't that deal-making how the SEC Title Game started this craziness off anyway?) Obviously, this would mean we only play a cupcake out of conference other than ND - but really, isn't that the scenario we're faced with after 2012 anyway? This also might mean a return to co-champs and other such nonsense, but since the Rose Bowl bid no longer goes to the co-champ who hasn't been to it for the longest time, we'll know who the "de facto" champion is anyway. I can already think of a few reasons it'll never happen (and feel free to post plenty more, BTCG=$$$$ for conference being #1) but am I just being incredibly old-fashioned in wanting a system like that instead of the current B1G setup, or are there any other MGoBloggers who'd rather have that?