No doubt the D-line was impressive at times, I'm actually shocked that the numbers where as high as they were considering everyone from Oct on was throwing flanker screens and quick release passes against us. The offense putting 40 per game may also played a factor as often times we were ahead in games and teams had to throw the ball and abandon the run.
Great stuff, the build up to singing day should be interesting.
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All I think really needs to be looked at is where is the offense is ranked and where the defense is ranked (rankings in B1G, nationally what have you). You can make the argument that the offense feasted on a weak schedule but that would make the defensive short comings that much more apparent as they should have reflected the same benefit of a weak schedule. Instead it was a steady stream of the opposing QB's having career day after career day. The WR screen has been there all year and we have yet to stop it, at some point "we do need to get better".
I know a lot of the B1G isn't going to be recruiting 5 stars and teams like Wisk and Sparty are always recruiting to their system (with great results) but it is disappointing to hear about the decommits from other schools.
OMG, luv the avatar. Being so close to Christmas it brings back many a happy memory! Sorry just had to comment.
I can't claim credit for this because i'm sure i have heard somewhere before but it seems like every class is broken into 3rds. 1/3 become major players, 1/3 become solid players and the final 1/3 you never see on the field (for the various reasons stated above). Now i haven't run the numbers on all the previous classes and every new class seems like it's full of "can't miss all stars" but it just never works out like that. Always fun to take a look back and will be fun to look back again in another 2 years.
Im going to say Wisky, they have a formula and stick to it. The can always run the ball and play good defense, which means they can win on the road as well as at home. For some reason they always have a guy or two that just blow up (think JJ Watt). Penn State with O'Brien as coach and Hackenberg at QB (and getting back some schollies) could be a threat, Hack looks like the real deal and will only get better. I'm not going to comment on Michigan, that's just how I roll.