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.
|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 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.
4. Ok St.
18. Houston (has nobody left on schedule. A boise slip = BCS bid)
19. Penn St.
Full Poll can be found here
In terms of the AP poll, we've moved up from 18 to 17. Other differences from Coaches Poll:
3. Ok. St.
21. Penn St.
That poll can be found here
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.
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.
IT DOESN'T MEAN A GOD DAMN THING...WE'VE GOT PURDUE COMING IN THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
From Fox Sports
I wonder if the folks in East Lansing can appreciate the caption. The "Hail" refers to a Hail Mary pass at the end of the game.
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?