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.