Skull Session: Hypothetical College Football Super League, Ohio State Produces a Ton of Draft Prospects, and Ohio State is a Way-Too-Early No. 2 Seed

By Kevin Harrish on April 21, 2021 at 5:30 am
Ohio Stadium is here in today's skull session.

I'm not sure I have ever in my life seen a more impressive hoops mixtape.

Meanwhile, I'm using both of my arms for another day of posting about sports online. Neat.

Word of the Day: Tedium.

 SUPER LEAGUE. It's looking like the European Super League is dead, but that's not going to stop this resourceful blogger from using it for content, because Andy Staples of The Athletic dreamed up a college football version, and I've got #takes.

I'm more concerned with who absolutely does not belong here than I am who got snubbed, which brings me to Nebraska sitting dead in the center.

The rationale for including the Huskers seems to be that they're the only real option for that portion of the country, which is hilariously on brand, actually. But I'm unconvinced that "this college exists in a void of endless corn and prairie" is an accomplishment that deserves to be rewarded. Give me Wisconsin in their place.

Also, if we throw out all biases on both sides and look at pure blind and objective resumes, are we sure Michigan belongs? Cause I'm not, unless this league is being played in the 1940s.

 DEVELOPMENT U. I stumbled across this on my eternal online trudge – apparently, Ohio State is the second-best school in the country at developing NFL Draft prospects, behind only Alabama.

I was admittedly a bit bamboozled as to how and why Ohio State was behind Bama despite sending a higher proportion of players to the draft, so I did the responsible thing and dug up the actual formula instead of simply blindly mad posting about it online.

It's a measure that takes into account the total number of Top247 prospects a program signed along with where/if those players were drafted (3 points for 1st rounders, 2 points for 2nd-3rd, 1 for 4th-7th), dividing the total number of prospects by the point total to create the rating. This removes any advantage created by a program’s ability to recruit an overwhelming number of Top247 players. It also rewards programs that produce more first- and second-day picks, removing a "quantity over quality" argument. We also limited this list to teams that recruited at least 10 Top247 players from 2011 to 2015.

TL;DR, Ohio State produces more draft picks overall, but Alabama probably produced more first-round picks. I can live with that, and the logic checks out.

Enjoy the rightful crown, Bama. But we're coming for that throne in the future.

 A NEW ARMS RACE. Calling all wealthy donors: I found something new that we need to kick Michigan's ass at.

As an undergrad at the University of Michigan, Bobby Kotick spent much of his free time playing Pitfall! on his Atari 2600, or putting quarters into a Defender machine at Mickey Rat’s arcade. Forty years later, the veteran CEO of publisher Activision-Blizzard is helping the school educate the next generation of gaming executives.

Kotick is donating $4 million to help Michigan jumpstart an esports curriculum. The gift will directly endow a professor position to lead the new program, being built within Michigan’s School of Information. The university plans to let students minor in esports by the 2022-23 school year.

I know a solid 95 percent of you don't give even the slightest damn about esports, but I subscribe to the Urban Meyer mentality that if they're keeping score, I want to win. Even if it's League of Legends or Rocket League.

I'll proudly start a Gold Controller fund if we need some hardware to fuel the rivalry.

 EARLY BRACKETOLOGY. Folks will tell you that it's never too early to start the bracket prognostication for next year. That's decidedly untrue – it is definitely too early. But that's not stopping Joe Lunardi, who has Ohio State as a *cringes* No. 2 seed in his insanely early bracket projection.

Go Bucks.

Ohio State's involvement in a 2 vs. 15 matchup still gives me post-traumatic stress, but I guess it's extremely unlikely the Buckeyes lose in the first round to a No. 15 seed *twice*, right? Right???

 SONG OF THE DAY. "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes.

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