College Football Today
National Signing Day has passed and if you believe the experts, the rich got richer. According to ESPN rankings Nick Saban landed the top recruiting class once again for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The 2014 season marked the second consecutive season in which the SEC did not win the national championship but that apparently was not reflected in the number of quality and high-ranking prospects that committed to SEC schools.
In total, five SEC programs (Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU) ranked in the top-10 while five more (Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Florida) landed in the top 20.
In perhaps a sign of bad luck for the Irish, Notre Dame hauled in the No. 13 overall recruiting class. The ACC placed two schools (Florida State at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 4) in the top-20 while three Pac-12 (USC at No. 3, UCLA at No. 11, Oregon at No. 15) along with two Big Ten (Ohio State at No. 6, Penn State at No. 14) and Big-12 ( Texas at No. 9 and Oklahama at No. 15) programs landed in the top 20.
Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus chose rival UCLA over his father’s favorite school USC while top-rated recruit Byron Cowart eventually faxed his letter of intent to Auburn and not Florida.
What does it all mean? Players still have to play while coaches have to coach. Anything is possible during the College Football Playoff, as long as a program finishes in the top four final rankings. Houston Texans star and Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt warned the nation that rankings only go so far.
Annual reminder that it’s not all about how many stars you have or how many cameras show up at your signing. It’s what you do next.
Look for the SEC to dominate the conversation once again as the nation’s best and don’t be surprised if two conference teams make the Playoff in 2016.
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