So I'm in Afghanistan killing time instead of insurgents and I couldn't help but think...
What are our chances of stemming the Tide this season? If you just Google "Chances Alabama Loses the National Title This Year?" you will get a long list of odds makers who are banking on Alabama's three-peat(tm), and a bunch of Pro-SEC sites picking the same. So I began to wonder, am I drinking the Kool Aid? Are we "ready" to take on an SEC Champion? I decided to run the numbers and see if I could convince myself that we had a chance.
There is a widely held opinion that Alabama recruits the most talent in the nation. Hell, I was just arguing that fact this morning at breakfast with a buddy of mine. (You still can't convince me that a 5* recruit Alpha Male is going to go there and not play for two years without getting some cash in the deal.) Many recruiting services will also echo this assertion. I decided to do a quick analysis and see for myself if the numbers agree. I chose 247sports because they recently won a poll of who the folks on this site value the most. I pulled the recruiting ratings for each potential starter on this years Ohio State and Alabama squads. The results blew my mind with silver mind bullets.
QB Braxton Miller 98 QB AJ McCarron 95
RB Carlos Hyde 90 RB TJ Yeldon 99
Pivot Jordan Hall 86 HB Jalston Fowler 95
WR Corey Brown 93 WR Amari Cooper 96
WR Devin Smith 88 WR Kevin Norwood 88
TE Jeff Heuerman 88 TE Brian Vogler 93
LT Jack Mewhort 93 LT Cyrus Kouandjio 102
LG Andrew Norwell 96 LG Arie Koandijio 95
C Corey Linsley 91 C Ryan Kelly 92
RG Marcus Hall 94 RG Anthony Steen 86
RT Taylor Decker 92 RT Austin Shepherd 85
DE Diesel Washington 98 DE Jeff Pagan 93
DT Michael Bennett 95 NT Brandon Ivory 85
DT Tommy Schutt 94 DE Ed Stinson 87
DE Noah Spence 99 SAM Adrian Hubbard 97
SLB Josh Perry 94 WILL CJ Mosley 96
MLB Curtis Grant 96 MLB Trey DePriest 97
WLB Ryan Shazier 94 JACK Xzavier Dickson 95
BCB Bradley Robey 85 CB John Fulton 97
SS CJ Barnett 95 FS Vinnie Sunseri 86
FS Christian Bryant 93 SS HaHa Clinton-Dix 98
FCB Doran Grant 95 CB Deion Belue 80
Total 2047 2037
Avg 93.05 92.59
I know this doesn't prove a whole lot, I was too lazy to do the whole two-deep. However, when and if these two powerhouses clash early next year for all of the marbles rest assured that your Bucks are talented enough to be there.