One of our bloggers had the intelligence to write this about STARS and talent:
"Your analysis (that stars don't matter) is certainly valid for single games when arguably against specific competition, any team can beat any other team in the same conference. Indeed, the outcome of individual games can turn on a multitude of different factors. That's why underdogs do sometimes win.
Moreover, your position (that stars don't really matter) may also be valid for a single season, when, sometimes, a team comprised of lower ranked recruits somehow prevails over a team comprised of more highly prized recruits.
However, when you examine a long term trend, such as GT's losing streak vs. UM or UM's losing streak vs. FSU, the most likely explanation is a material difference in talent. STARS MATTER.
Likewise, the most plausible explanation for the recurring successes of top programs like Alabama and Ohio State is recruiting successes on successive NSDs. STARS MATTER.
So, too, there is a good reason why some teams, like Vanderbilt and Wake Forrest, will never win their respective conferences. STARS MATTER.
You've been on a "Stars don't matter" bandwagon for many years now. But the facts belie your position." STARS MATTER