Talent Matchup versus Alabama

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August 3, 2013 at 8:11a

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.


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