OT-Recruiting Rankings... What is up with Alabama?

OT-Recruiting Rankings... What is up with Alabama?

Submitted by BoFlex on June 18th, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Does it seem odd to anyone that Alabama is currently the 61st ranked team on 247Composite's Team Rankings?

I know Alabama/Nick Saban is typically stronger towards the end of the recruiting cycle, and will land a lot of prospects in month right before National Signing Day, but to see them outside the top-50 is so strange. Right now Alabama only has 4 commits in their class with the highest-rated one being Xavier Williams (#94 overall; #18 WR). I was curious because I had been debating if the lesser of two evils was Alabama to "7-peat" the recruiting title, or Ohio State to knock them off. I did not realize Alabama was that far behind.

Also, speaking of recruiting oddities, Nebraska just rose into the top-10 (and 3rd in the B1G behind Ohio State and Penn State). I knew Mike Riley was known as a much better recruiter than Bo Pelini, but I honestly thought anybody would have a tough time selling Lincoln, NE. Granted, Nebraksa got a fast start, and have landed most of their "top targets" and will likely start falling now, but I'm still pretty impressed.

Athlon Rankings of All Michigan 2017 Opponents

Athlon Rankings of All Michigan 2017 Opponents

Submitted by Caesar on June 15th, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Here's a link to the entire rankings. Click to  read a description for every team. To the schedule! 


Sat, Sep 2

vs Florida (16)   3:30 PM
Sat, Sep 9 vs Cincinnati (95)   Noon
Sat, Sep 16 vs Air Force (77)   Noon
Sat, Sep 23
Purdue (84)
Sat, Oct 7
Michigan State (49)
Sat, Oct 14
Indiana (54)
Sat, Oct 21
Penn State (6)
Sat, Oct 28
Rutgers (91)
Sat, Nov 4
Minnesota (50)
Sat, Nov 11
Maryland (57)
Sat, Nov 18
Wisconsin (12)
Sat, Nov 25
Ohio State (2)


Some thoughts:

  • Michigan is ranked 10--a touch high, but not that far off. I think high teens are a better fit.
  • Though these are really early rankings, I like how the schedule shakes out. A quick gut check, plenty of games to recover and fine-tune, followed by a reasonable buildup to Ohio State.
  • I don't think Athlon factored in Michigan State's attrition situation before publishing this (zero mention of key departures in their preview).  
  • If you have to play Air Force, better it come after Cincinnati, which is Michigan's easiest opponent according to these rankings.
  • Similar idea for the Michigan State game coming after Purdue. I know State won't be great, but they always put together their best for Michigan. 
  • Wisconsin followed by Ohio State is going to be difficult, but I'm weary of Indiana going all chaos team on Michigan before the game against Penn State. It's not the same Indiana, but it's also not far removed from the Wilson-era, either.


EDIT: Fixed the game times, now in ET. Having trouble with some team logos.

Scout Releases Team Recruiting Rankings: Michigan #1

Scout Releases Team Recruiting Rankings: Michigan #1

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on May 7th, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Scout just released their team rankings today, and it should come as no surprise that Michigan is ranked first (ARTICLE HERE).  So far we've had an amazing start to our 2013 recruiting class, and there is a definite posibility that we have the number one class in the nation after signing day next year.

The rest of the rankings:



Sortable Team Rankings - Thru Week 3

Sortable Team Rankings - Thru Week 3

Submitted by Mr. Yost on September 19th, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Just wanted to share...many of you, like myself, have wondered where our defense has stacked up in the nation thus far. There are tabs for offense and special teams as well.


Here you go: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/stats/byteam?cat1=offense&cat2=Total&conference=I-A_all&year=2011&sort=500



Where Michigan Ranks on Team O and D

Where Michigan Ranks on Team O and D

Submitted by bluebyyou on October 4th, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Below is a summation of team offense and defensive ranking stats (based on 120 FBS teams):


Rushing Offense          3

Passing Offense           38

Total Offense                 2

Scoring Offense             9

Rushing Defense          37

Passing Defense          120

Total Defense               102

Scoring Defense            73

Rivals Team Rankings 2010

Rivals Team Rankings 2010

Submitted by backusduo on July 29th, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Rivals released their first team rankings for the 2010 class recently.  You can view them at http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


In 2009 you will remember we finished the year 8th with 22 recruits, 1 5-star and 13 4-star, meaning 4-star or better 64% of the time.  Our avg. star rank for 2009 was 3.59 good enough for 10th overall.  We are currently ranked 9th in 2010 with 16 recruits, 5 of which are rated 4-star and no 5-star.  That gives us a 4-star or better 31% of the time.  If the percentages hold true that means we should plan on adding 2 more 4-stars before the end.  I would predict landing a 5-star recruit this year probably a long shot if you look at the interest lists of the top recruits unless one of our 4-stars move up like Devin or fingers crossed Cullen when he hopefully commits.  When you look at avg. stars per recruit we are 3.31.  That drops us to 19th overall, still good enough to stay ahead of little brother at 24, but a little bit of a drop when compared to previous years. 


2010 – 3.31 ytd – 19th

2009 – 3.59 – 10th

2008 – 3.67 – 7th

2007 – 3.4 – 10th

2006 – 3.63 – 6th


Right now I think the larger concern than stars is that we finish this class with the right recruits.  Somewhere we need to pull out a DT or two, DB’s are always a need but things are trending well, and I’d like to see one more OL with all the defections – Seantrel would do just fine.