Jumar, in spirit, I am on your side of the argument here, but then you started building strawmen on this side of the picket. Actually, the "experts" that work for the professional recruiting services/media do a pretty decent job (i.e., much better than no idea) of guessing how different players will do in college, albeit in highly imperfect ways while making more than a few mistaken projections.
Likewise, I don't know any fans, even including the most opinionated armchair recruiting expert among them, that are ready to quit their day jobs and become recruiting experts. Yes, they tend to put too much faith into recruiting rankings and/or their own living room-based scouting abilities. On the other hand, even someone like me - who is constantly preaching about how complex the world is and how resistant it is to computer models and expert predictions - can see that Danny Clark's stats in the weekly boxscores don't look like what you typically see from future college stars.
The point is to be modest about what we can claim to know; not to disregard all obvious signals.
You captured my thoughts exactly, haha . . . from me being baffled about what the current situation actually is, to wondering what the hell Clark will do with that tattoo if he goes to another school.
Look, I felt bad for Earle - a good and honorable man who put his heart and soul into Ohio State. But do you also recall how painfully untalented the 1988 and 1989 Buckeye football teams were?
In that case, I will take hold my nose and take one for the team and pick Michigan to win/cover against Wisconsin in my weekly office pool.
So far this season, I have personally jinxed Cincinnati by picking them to cover against Houston (Cincy was up 4 points in the 4Q, with me getting 13.5 points) and jinxed Florida's 13-year or whatever mojo against Tennessee (Gators up 21-3 in the 1H, with me getting 6.5 points; fortunately, I won the pool this week in spite of Florida's collapse).
I should call up Wisconsin's and Michigan's ADs and tell them, "First one of you that pays me $1,000 . . . I will agree not to pick your team in my weekly office pool."
And here is the Massey composite computer rankings:
1. Ohio St
Here is how the F+ combined rankings have the Big Ten teams:
1. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
7. Penn State
The computers/analytical models like Michigan better than Wisconsin, but I guess that discrepancy will get settled this Saturday.
Congrats to Earle! This is the perfect game for Earle to dot the I, too. If the Ohio State defensive staff gets caught up in Earle nostalgia and decides to play four quarters of prevent defense and Chris Laviano throws for over 400 yards in a 52 to 35 loss, it won't do any real damage to Ohio State's 2016 prospects.
If we're being fair and magnanimous fans, we ought to admit that Michigan rightly deserves to be crowned September National Champions. Yes, Ohio State, Bama, and Louisville have all played a tougher schedules so far, but Michigan has Gerbil Peppers.
Not necessarily. If DJ mistakenly thought that this mortal coil = this earth, then you're right.
But if he's talking about his cats being the mortal coil, that's a pretty apt metaphor: i.e., in death, finally freeing himself from the burden and strife of living with all those evil felines.
Yucky as it sounds, Les Miles would be a good fit for Penn State. If you draw a 150-mile radius around State College, PA, you'll find a boat load of Les Miles-type old school football players in that area. If he could convince an NFL assistant coach to be his OC, helping Miles to install a higher quality version of his preferred smashmouth pro offense - instead the crappy imitation he ran at LSU - he could do some damage and would be well liked by Rustbelt and upper eastern seaboard high school coaches.
Well, Colorado was a legit opponent . . . until their starting QB went down.
This week, I want to see if Michigan's offense can move the ball against Wisconsin. I will be surprised if Michigan can run the ball for more than a net 75 yards, so it will be up to Wilton Speight to hang in the pocket against Wisconsin's good pass rush and consistently deliver on 2nd and 3rd and longs.
Then, against MSU, this will be the first time in a few years that Michigan has better talent than Little Brother, which means that MSU will revert to a heavy dose of Dirty Sparty. I am predicting a small-scale brawl will break out.