Stat distortion and other ranking sites aside, on a flyer I compared average Rivals star rankings for all Michigan impact players (recorded any one non-kicking stat) in the Bama game, against Bama’s impact players, tossing in the starting offensive linemen. Unranked walk-ons were given 2 stars. Results may vary but mine was:
UM average ranking: 3.40
UA average ranking: 4.02
Ranking gap of .62
Further, average Rivals stars across entire classes:
2009 – 3.81
2010 – 3.62
2011 – 3.91
2012 – 3.77
2013 – 3.68
Alabama has declined over the last three years.
2009 – 3.59
2010 - 3.19
2011 – 3.25
2012 - 3.56
2013 – 3.61
Michigan has rocketed upwards over the last four years.
Note also comparative gaps between the teams of .43 and .66 in 2010-11, shrinking down to .21 and .07 in 2012-13.
Stats to reinforce that Brady Hoke is moving our program in the right direction, and I for one remain extremely excited about Michigan’s imminent future.
A future with talent and depth at all positions.
A future with the right tools for the MANBAW system.
A future where battle tested juniors and seniors dominate the trenches.
And a future with Brady Hoke as my coach.
I recall that our expectations are neatly laid out before us:
This year and next - Michigan re-establishes itself as THE Big Ten program, wins it's first Big Ten championship since 2004, kindly places Sparty back in the side pocket where he belongs, and gets back to facing down Ohio in Nov/Dec for all the marbles.
2014 and beyond – We will do what no Big Ten team other than Ohio (this means you Sparty) is capable of doing, and that is we will raise our eyes and look nationally to measure ourselves with the Alabamas of the world. We may never achieve an NFL caliber level akin to Alabama’s current product, but I’m OK with that because Brady Hoke is going to get us close, I have no doubt. Very, very close, and it is going to be a blast to watch this program on the rise, and to watch us suit up and compete with the SEC.
In the meantime, I have the luxury to root for two of my most beloved Wolverines of all time – Denard and Kovacs. In a blink they will be gone, so I'm going to enjoy every last game these guys give us this year, win or lose.