Which are the most talented college football teams going into 2005.

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  1. max

    max Founding Member

    Jul 22, 2003
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    Which are the most talented college football teams going into 2005?

    Rivals Recruiting Ranking 2002-2005

    1. Southern California
    2. Oklahoma
    3. Miami
    4. Georgia
    5. Florida State
    6. Tennessee
    7. LSU
    8. Michigan
    9. Florida
    10. Texas
    11. Auburn
    12. Texas A&M
    13. Ohio State
    14. South Carolina
    15. Virginia
    16. California
    17. Washington
    18. Penn State

    To be included in the ranking a team must have finished in the Top 25 of Rivals recruiting rankings in at least 3 of the 4 years from 2002-2005. I added the rankings up and divided by four and ranked them starting with the lowest rankings.

    Of course, this does not include 2001 and there are obvious limitations with this type of analysis. This just says what Rivals thought of their recruiting class on signing day. We know that it takes a few years to accurately rank recruiting classes.

    That said, it gives an interesting look at which teams have the most talent going into the 2005 season and it does reflect how they have finished recently within a certain range.

    I was most surprised that South Carolina made the list. Alabama did not make the Top 25 in 2002 and 2003 because their class was limited by sanctions. Also, clubs like Purdue and Iowa are starting to have Top 25 classes, recently.
  2. saltyone

    saltyone So Mote It Be

    Dec 21, 2004
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    Kinda interesting. Also interesting is the fact that half of the SEC made the list.
  3. Mr. Peabody

    Mr. Peabody Founding Member

    Dec 8, 2003
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    Interesting that OU is #2.

    We are replacing a ton of starters and seniors this year. This is definitely Stoops' biggest rebuilding year thus far.
  4. Chip82

    Chip82 Founding Member

    Sep 14, 2003
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    This list is also kind of deceptive because it doesn't reflect fall offs.

    Florida and Tennesse have lost a bunch of recruits. Zook recruited a bunch of JUCO players who never cleared the academic 40% rule. Zook was always trying to stay just one step in front of FireRonZook.com.

    But that is also why I am pretty confident about Georgia's chances in the SEC East. The talent lost is actually being replaced by the same or better caliber of athletes.
  5. Chip82

    Chip82 Founding Member

    Sep 14, 2003
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    Are these guys good enough to stuff Texas again?

    I don't ever want to see the Shorthorns elevated to the powerhouse level.
  6. Hawker45

    Hawker45 Founding Member

    Dec 19, 2004
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    "Also, clubs like Purdue and Iowa are starting to have Top 25 classes, recently".

    Yep... and quite frankly, we're not sure how to handle it!!
    In 2003, we had three former walk-ons drafted in the first 5 rounds of the NFL draft... Dallas Clark, first round, Colts; Bruce Nelson, 3rd round, Panthers; Derek Pagel, 5th round, Jets. It was the first time any school had done that.
    Robert Gallery was a 2 star tight end... Jonathan Babineaux a two star fullback... Bob Sanders, a 1 star cb, etc.
    The last two guys who came in highly touted and left highly touted were Tim Dwight and Matt Roth.

    There is an OBVIOUS correlation between top recruiting classes and consistent top rankings... for that, we are thankful we finally got a top class... but we also like the fact that kids come to Iowa and stay five years (w/ red-shirt)... Dallas Clark being the exception. Ther's a whole lot of Iowa fans that would like to keep that "mystique".

    When LSU won the National Championship... that team was all about chemistry (imo)... my guess is you had more tenured four-star + recruits on the field in the CapOne than you
    had against Oklahoma... is that right?
  7. cadillacattack

    cadillacattack Illegitimi non carborundum est

    Oct 15, 2003
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    In general, I believe you're correct. That being said, it has a lot to do with how the prospects are developed and coached.

    The concern I have with prospect ratings is that they miss so many quality players and because of NQ/PQ's. Take Alabama for example. Very highly ranked ranked recruiting classes but many are non-qualifiers or Partial-qualifiers that may never see a D-1 field. It's a good rule of thumb, but not an exact science.

    A few schools attract so much talent that even a poor prognosticator can predict with certainty .... those are the easy ones.
  8. BostonBengal

    BostonBengal Founding Member

    May 14, 2003
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    Yeah, I thought so, too. Not that I don't think they have talent--'cause we all know that they do....I just thought they really got hit hard with players graduating. They're still top 10, IMO....but I wouldn't have ranked them 2nd.
  9. MarineTiger

    MarineTiger Founding Member

    Aug 30, 2004
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    South Carolina?

  10. goldengirlfan

    goldengirlfan simple man

    Dec 31, 2003
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    It looks to me like the Horns season depends on their being able to throw the football. They lost a huge contributor in Benson but have a couple of pretty good RBs coming back. If they do not have season-ending injuries to key players, they'll be good.

    The Horns achilles heel is QB Young. If he gets hurt, they're history. A team depending on a running QB and having no backup is flirting with disaster.

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