Rivals Rankings Brand Nebraska as Underachievers
Rivals.com has released their ten-year rankings. Included with the rankings are the actual winning percentages over the past decade. When viewed together, you can actually see who overperformed and underperformed with talent. Husker fans can thank Bill Callahan that Nebraska is both one of the top 20 best recruiting teams of the past ten years but only in the top 30 when it comes to winning percentage.
Michigan was in a similar boat this past decade as they produced top 25 results with top 10 talent. The Big Ten had its share of overacheivers too. Wisconsin and Iowa each brought in only top 40 talent yet delivered top 15 results. Perhaps surprisingly, Penn State delivered top 20 wins with top 30 talent.
But perhaps the biggest story is Ohio State who had the second best winning percentage overall with the twelfth best talent under Jim Tressel. Tressel was going to be a tough act to follow regardless, but when you see that his results actually exceeded his talent, you realize that the Buckeyes are almost certain to experience some drop-off in the years to come.
For NU fans, perhaps we can take heart. Bo Pelini has shown an ability to recruit and coach. Something missing from both Solich and Callahan before him. You'd love to see him overachieve, but even if he simply delivers on the talent he brings in, things will be brighter than we've been over the past ten seasons.