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12/23/2012 1:03 PM
While it was a relatively weak recruiting class, it still came in a surprising #32, I was expecting somewhere between 40-50.  As I predicted at this time last season, my overall ranking came in between 10-15 at #13.  If I had better recruiting the past two seasons and more playoff games, i would expect to be deep in the top 10 next season, but at this point I just hope I'm in the top 10 at this time next season.

From here on out is where the improvement will slow down.  There'a a huge difference between top 5 and top 10 and sometimes even between #1 and #2.  The easy work is done, now the real work to reach the top begins.


      Challenge Challenge Challenge Overall Overall
Season Full Roster Recruit Class Season W L W L
79 158 59       7 6
80 160 171       4 9
81 109 136       8 5
82 150 91       6 7
83 82 52 1 0 0 10 3
84 40 15 2 2 2 9 4
85 25 41 3 4 0 13 2
86 13 32 4        
87     5        
88     6        
89     7        
12/23/2012 5:21 PM (edited)
Full roster from GUESS.  For the first time the roster has no SIMs.  You can see a clear pattern as player class rank improves as they become more senior.  The proper players at this level age like a fine wine.  They are passing other teams recruits due to the proper core/pot/we balance when recruited.  The SRs and JR*s on the roster were brought in when the full roster was ranked 150 and coming off a 6-7 record and were ranked #52, yet they now lead a top 15 roster.

Name Class Primary
Position
Rating Secondary
Position
Rating Overall
Rank
Position
Rank
Class Rank
Overall
Class Rank
Position
James Frazier Jr.* QB 50.28     1245 QB15 83 QB4
Michael Hopper Fr.* QB 36.05     9564 QB436 128 QB18
Thomas Jackson Fr. QB 34.40     10125 QB546 2156 QB17
Patrick Sargent Sr. RB 60.63 FB 47.98 27 RB12 7 RB2
Harry Taylor Jr. RB 57.13 FB 45.30 116 RB35 2 RB2
Marvin Branch So.* RB 56.52 FB 49.09 142 RB44 2 RB1
Christopher Haines Fr.* RB 46.84 FB 37.88 2944 RB376 38 RB16
Daniel Brantley Fr. RB 38.83 FB 29.00 8140 RB806 1019 RB152
Michael Stone Sr. WR 55.31     238 WR30 132 WR18
Ronald Macdonald Jr. WR 54.76     287 WR39 14 WR3
John Hoffman So.* WR 53.49     451 WR65 18 WR3
David Jackson Fr.* WR 46.44     3187 WR476 44 WR5
Anthony Allen Fr. WR 40.28     7276 WR1004 614 WR103
Brian Walter Jr. TE 52.90     565 TE17 50 TE1
Robert Barnard So.* TE 51.16     952 TE35 37 TE1
Luis Potts Sr. OL 52.90     569 OL71 342 OL42
Timothy Stanton Sr. OL 52.87     576 OL73 347 OL44
Kenneth Smith Jr. OL 48.93     1840 OL225 378 OL45
Richard Lyons Jr. OL 48.13     2243 OL283 504 OL56
Richard Hilliard Jr. OL 46.71     3025 OL441 813 OL109
Joseph Sexton So. OL 45.03     4102 OL600 348 OL37
John Holland So. OL 41.32     6565 OL1101 1284 OL190
Ernest Melendez Fr. OL 37.21     9033 OL1601 1499 OL210
Curtis Taylor Fr. OL 32.45     10541 OL1892 2357 OL432
Mark Hull Sr. DT 59.22 DE 51.98 49 DT9 18 DT4
Charlie Bowman Sr. DT 58.26 DE 51.56 79 DT18 32 DT8
Terry Bennett Jr. DT 56.00 DE 50.22 171 DT30 7 DT1
Michael Baker Jr. DT 53.24 DE 47.50 506 DT101 43 DT9
Allen Conrad So. DT 48.98 DE 41.10 1817 DT355 43 DT9
Eddie Boucher Fr. DT 44.99 DE 37.16 4120 DT765 57 DT9
Michael Rice So. DT 43.46 DE 35.71 5122 DT944 656 DT143
Randy Diamond Fr. DT 40.19 DE 35.50 7341 DT1301 634 DT135
Mike Foreman Sr. ILB 58.13 OLB 56.71 81 ILB6 34 ILB5
Lee Anthony Jr. ILB 53.39 OLB 52.95 480 ILB62 36 ILB9
Arnold Martin Sr. ILB 53.36 OLB 52.09 486 ILB63 286 ILB46
Lester Watts Jr. ILB 50.78 OLB 49.13 1067 ILB157 155 ILB25
Edgar Galvan So. ILB 48.69 OLB 44.82 1984 ILB266 56 ILB7
Charles Cervantes Fr. ILB 42.18 OLB 41.48 6011 ILB584 257 ILB39
James Garza Fr. ILB 41.30 OLB 39.19 6573 ILB623 395 ILB59
David Patel So. OLB 46.18 ILB 46.05 3350 OLB104 209 OLB6
Jason Sanders Jr. CB 49.40 S 46.90 1628 CB73 313 CB7
William Wright So. CB 43.50 S 42.09 5102 CB298 651 CB30
Andrew Green So. CB 42.25 S 38.81 5958 CB353 1027 CB58
Herbert Cross Fr. CB 41.95 S 36.76 6158 CB370 296 CB7
Steven Brennan Fr. CB 34.57 S 31.95 10084 CB628 2132 CB153
Edward Rose Sr. S 56.94 CB 56.30 123 S8 60 S4
Michael Jimenez Sr. S 55.40 CB 52.94 230 S19 124 S12
Andrew Hartley Jr. S 50.55 CB 48.71 1155 S80 174 S13
Timothy Nelson Fr. K 40.80     6918 K186 495 K3
Scott Carson So. P 43.80     4902 P102 578 P12
12/31/2012 3:03 PM
The Challenge has been officially conceded so i get to collect some gift certificates, Merry Christmas to me!  I finished this season of The Challenge as expected.  My offense hasn't really performed yet but my defense has carried the team so far.  Expectations are to win a first CC and move to at least the second round of the playoffs.  Both look realistic to me at this point.  Next season is when I expect to start producing at NC caliber, so I'm just hoping for a few games of extra growth this season to help set that up.  Hopefully my last two subpar recruiting classes can be covered up with some extended postseason play.

               
      Challenge Challenge Challenge Overall Overall
Season Full Roster Recruit Class Season W L W L
79 158 59       7 6
80 160 171       4 9
81 109 136       8 5
82 150 91       6 7
83 82 52 1 0 0 10 3
84 40 15 2 2 2 9 4
85 25 41 3 4 0 13 2
86 13 32 4 4 0 5 0
87     5        
88     6        
89     7        


12/31/2012 7:44 PM
Quote post by slid64er on 12/31/2012 3:04:00 PM:
Expectations are to win a first CC and move to at least the second round of the playoffs.  Both look realistic to me at this point.


We can agree to disagree on this statement ;)
 
1/7/2013 6:08 PM
The regular season ended as expected and I wound up winning the CC, even though choochoo and I disagreed on my expectations.  I'm expecting to have two playoff games, everything else will be gravy since it looks like I've been dropped in a particularly tough bracket.  But with 2+ games, I think I'll set myself up well for next season and help me cover up two subpar recruiting classes.  Hopefully, it will also give me a vision bump so I can spend more of my resources on better players.  As it stands, I'm pretty happy with the first full team of my own recruits and, considering the vision when I started recruiting, they seem to stack up fairly well with the elites of the world.  


      Challenge Challenge Challenge Overall Overall
Season Full Roster Recruit Class Season W L W L
79 158 59       7 6
80 160 171       4 9
81 109 136       8 5
82 150 91       6 7
83 82 52 1 0 0 10 3
84 40 15 2 2 2 9 4
85 25 41 3 4 0 13 2
86 13 32 4 4 0 14 0
87     5        
88     6        
89     7        
1/7/2013 8:18 PM
Congrats on the CC...made some horrible settings for 2nd half.
1/12/2013 4:52 PM
Wow, the team went on a great run and we won the NC.  This was totally unexpected with no SR* on the roster.  I thought I'd be competitive with the top teams, but I didn't think I could make a serious run until next season with 1 SR* (see my early posts about why there is only one next season) and probably not even til the season after that when I will have the full complement of 3 SR*.  This is the quickest I have ever won a NC starting with a roster full of SIMs.  

It looks like the offensive gameplan adjustments two seasons ago and the defensive gameplan adjustments last season really helped.  The team finished highly ranked on both sides of the ball.  But, it's still too early to have any conclusive answers since there have been significant talent upgrades to the team as I replaced SIMs with my own recruits every season.  I probably won't have a definitive answer until my vision has also stabilized since the talent I can recruit should continue to improve along with my record.

I'm not sure if I'll continue updating this thread going forward.  The Challenge has ended and I've already hit the pinnacle with an NC.  There's not much else I can show about building a team.  So this may be my final entry.  I hope anyone who followed this leaned something.


      Challenge Challenge Challenge Overall Overall
Season Full Roster Recruit Class Season W L W L
79 158 59       7 6
80 160 171       4 9
81 109 136       8 5
82 150 91       6 7
83 82 52 1 0 0 10 3
84 40 15 2 2 2 9 4
85 25 41 3 4 0 13 2
86 13 32 4 4 0 19 0
87     5        
88     6        
89     7        
1/15/2013 6:42 PM
Well, I got a job in D2 so this will be my last post in this thread.  Good luck to whoever takes over.
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