Examining recruiting rankings, rating Pac-12 defensive tackles, and more. …
— Rivals.com turns 10 this year, and today unveils its list of the Top 25 schools in terms of overall recruiting rankings during that time. In general, the list seems to show that such rankings aren’t exactly meaningless — an awful lot of teams at the top that have won national titles and spent most of that decade entrenched in the top 10 of the actual rankings. On the other hand, obviously it seems like Georgie should have more to show for all the talent it has apparently been bringing in. And in terms of the Pac-12, no surprise to see UCLA appear to confirm its standing as the most underachieving program in the conference.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller, meanwhile, puts UW in the “great shape” category among Pac-12 teams at defensive tackle, a rare time when Miller may be more optimistic about something than the general Husky fan. As Miller notes, there’s lots of reason for optimism at this spot, especially with the the return of Alameda Ta’amu. But depth remains a concern with the uncertainty of when Semisi Tokolahi will return at full strength, and younger players who could be counted on quite a bit, such as Lawrence Lagafuaina and Sione Potoa’e, have to be regarded as still unproven. But what Miller’s lists also makes clear is that just about everyone has a few question marks at the DT spot — which isn’t atypical in college football for a position that is among the hardest to develop talent.
— The Denver Post looks at where Colorado stands in terms of facilities with the rest of its new Pac-12 brethern.
— The Salt Lake Tribune, meanwhile, has a take on how joining the Pac-12 will impact the academics at Utah.
— CBSSpotrts.com, in the third in its series examining various aspects of NCAA infractions, says penalties usually yield minimal consequences.
All for now.