Hello Buff faithful,
I am tired of hearing about how we simply don't have athletes on the field every single week we play (from announcers or the press). I decided to see how bad we were using really the only measurement we have of recruiting success.
These are Rivals point rankings (see table below) from their recruiting website sorted by highest average points. Many of us can agree rankings don't mean too much, but they can tell a story of under/over achieving. We see 2 teams at the top (corn and A&M) who are underachieving and 3 teams at the bottom who are overachieving (Kansas, Missouri, and TT).
Our beloved Buffs are right in the middle (with high variation, but the coaching change can play into that) and we are clearly underachieving. Granted, these are biased statistics in the first place, because they are based on qualitative measurement of how 'experts' think a player will develop. And even if our highest ranking came in 2008, still, can we not field a decent team every week? I know you can't coach speed, but if you aren't actually utilizing that speed (Simas, Simmons, etc.) doesn't that fall on a coach who is clearly in way over his head? I know we have a better team than our record indicates......
Rivals.com points for Big 12 Teams from 2006 - 2009