Edit: Since posting this comment, a second crystal ball prediction has come in for Cincinnati. These Ohio State predictors might know something we don't.
I wonder why his only crystal ball pick is Notre Dame.. I guess if we pick him up we'd have to hold out hope he doesn't land or get swayed by an Irish offer?
"They came three times to see him in total."
Is that normal? I could see an argument for either saying that sounds way too low, or feels thorough since we're talking about seeing hundreds of prospects 3 or more times. It's a different situation, but how many times would you estimate the coaches saw Roman Catholic HS play?
That's a shame, but it definitely makes sense. I could see some schools having a cross country team, but in reality it's just 12 of their wide receivers so that they get 97 scholarships and it could become a big problem. Thanks!
How does his scholarship work? If Rob Cooper gave him a baseball scholarship, does Franklin get to have 85 of his own, for 86 players?
Very Texas/Florida heavy list for those 2018 offers. Some stats:
- 2016: 178 total scholarship offers, 4 in Texas (2.25%), 33 in Florida (18.54%)
- 2017: 182 total offers, 6 in Texas (3.30%), 27 (14.84%) in Florida. 3.30%/14.84% respectively
- 2018: 106 total offers, 8 in Texas (7.55%), 19 in Florida (17.92%)
Seems like an intentional effort to get more offers into an elite state early on in the process. Maybe getting offers in early in Texas is disproportionately valuable over getting in offers early in Virginia, where we're below our pace during this cycle (2016: 7.30%, 2017: 9.34%, 2018 2.83%). We're also fairly behind typical pace in Georgia, perhaps because we haven't had a satellite camp there recently.
We've offered 15, 12, and 13 guys from Pennsylvania in the last 3 cycles. Seems like the prospects within driving distance get scouted during their junior year and their offer is a done deal early on in the process. This makes sense if we're trying to #DominateTheState
Just 2.4% of the top linebackers come from Pennsylvania, but only 2.7% of all blue chip prospects come from Pennsylvania: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2016/6/28/12040586/rankings-state-stars-florida-texas-california
I don't think it's necessarily a case of Brent Pry not being a good recruiter, but it's a case of Gattis, Huff, or recently Terry Smith just being better. Brent Pry is fine at his job, but any team pulling in as many 4*/5* as Penn State is going to have positions where they're particularly strong, and it seems like recruiting quality as it relates to on field success isn't a tide that raises all positional ships.
How much stock do you put in rankings like these? They seem to oversimplify the process and overly credit a single coach. They do show Brent Pry as great this year, but not showing up at all in previous years: http://247sports.com/Season/2017-Football/CompositeCoachRankings?Conference=Big-Ten
These two Iowa fans sum up my reaction of Bo pretty well:
Find it hard to believe that someone with that body size, and that heavily pursued by both Penn State and Michigan, is just a 3-star talent. I'm looking forward to more North Carolina on the roster!
Or 7th... I still stand that 5th or 6th is more accurate.
Assuming coinflips in the playoff itself, this gives us roughly a 7.5/1 chance at winning the B1G, and Ohio State at 2/1 to win the B1G. That feels a little lopsided, even though we play in Columbus next season.
Sad end to an amazing season. I don't see any compelling reason we don't end the year ranked top 6, maybe top 5.
This year was a great reminder of how fun college football can be. A welcomed reminder after the past few seasons of middling at .500
Entrepreneurship was available as a specialization of the Management major at least in 2009 through Smeal
As long as coaches can leave early, players should be able to as well. Coaches can recruit for their new team while gameplanning for the bowl their current team is in (see Lane Kiffin, Kirby Smart).
College is for preparing you for your real world job. For 95%+ of college football players, this means going pro in something other than sports. But for those select few, it makes sense. No one would fault someone who majored in Entrepreneurship or Management for leaving school early because their business idea took off a year earlier than they graduated.
I had no idea Johnson was a Theatre major. Cool stuff.
I signed up under "Craig Fitzgerald's Bigges" because their character limit is stricter than yours.
I guess I'm the low man/party pooper on this.. I didn't like it when Ben Kline did it last year and I don't like it now. Concussions are serious even when you have your helmets on. Beating your head against hard objects until it bleeds is never smart.
I don't like it, or necessarily agree with it, but it might be a necessary evil to be a top 10 team. It's up to James whether or not he's worth sacrificing his pledge to someone for a better recruiting class. I hope he doesn't do it.
Pat Chambers had some "carefrontations" before, and I don't fully remember the context of Akeel Lynch leaving the team, so there is some precedent in State College for these conversations.
Seems to be a lot of love for our Lions in the national scene of people picking this game with scores similar to yours.
It's the opposite of week 3-4 for me for this game: I've got confidence our defense can bottle them up, but I'm worried about our offensive line and sacks, plus their tendency to intercept the ball. Still picking the good guys in this one though. 34-24.
I'm not sure if that's a realistic goal this year since we'll have a smaller class than usual this year.
Great rundown, thanks!
I'd recommend the Eastern Michigan Tuesday MACtion, if not just to convince yourself you're watching a game in grayscale with their field/factory. Plus EMU has been a great story this year after spending so long as the only MAC team who doesn't take a turn being good a few times a decade.
I don't like how both Oklahoma schools have a bye week. I'm super curious how the committee treats the winner of that game next week.
Absolutely, but the formula is set up to simply predict more accurately than the Vegas spread and he's generally successful. If I were an LSU fan I'd trade my S&P+ rating for a few wins no question.
4 losses by a combined 23 points to teams surrounding them in the rankings, that's not terrible. Plus for the most part their wins are by significantly more points than their losses are.
I think by this time in the year Bill has completely filtered out recruiting ratings, but they still might be in there 10-20%
Loved seeing the players run over to the fans at the end of the game to give some high fives. I hope the team appreciates how important they are to so many people.