Going into bowl games
LSU- no. 12 with 2 losses
tOSU- no. 10 with 1 loss
Northwestern in the 24-28 range with 2-3 losses
Louisville no. 8 likely without a loss
Michigan who knows but i'd guess 18-23 range with 2-3 losses
Texas Tech / Minnesota / Maryland well out of the top 25
So that is kind of where id put them on the list as of right now. Mid-pack.
Glass half empty, we've looked horrific in the trenches, miss Jake Ryan terribly, Gardner looks like a heavier DR with a bigger arm gets frazzled too easily and forces the ball into coverage and has one complete and utter brain synapse malfunction per game at least. We are young and a lot of these guys are learning to win. We have also seen winning non-conference games and escaping unscathed with the "R" word as well.
Glass half full, we escaped against odds on the road against a bad team. Similar to a lot of other teams that went on to success look at 2002 Ohio State, barely beat cincy, lucky against Penn State, extremely lucky against Purdue, and I think took OT against Illinois. A team without fight loses those ball games, so I think that is were Hoke comes into play. Have to question Borges a bit as well.
One thing with a young team is that there are extreme peaks and valleys. If you can navigate valleys and still win, I believe the potential on this roster can have some pretty good peaks and play at a high level, albeit not to be seen yet, except for flashes at the right times against ND.
So while there are many daunting problems on both sides of the ball, I think the bye week happens at a good time, with a good opponent on the opposite end. We will have to come fired up and prepared to play, and I think we have the proper coaching staff to do so.