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Alabama, USC and the Top 20 National Signing Day Schools of 2015

The USC Trojans Recruited The No. 1 High School Cornerback In Iman Marshall, While Alabama Recruited The 325-Pound Defensive Tackle, Daron Payne

The USC Trojans Recruited The No. 1 High School Cornerback In Iman Marshall, While Alabama Recruited The 325-Pound Defensive Tackle, Daron Payne

Which school did the best on National Signing Day? The “calculated” consensus of four college football experts – FOX Sports, CBS’ 247sports.com, Bleacher Report and Yahoo!’s Rivals.com – is two schools: Alabama and USC.

What is National Signing Day anyway, for those who need to know? Beginning on the first Wednesday in February, high school seniors (in this case, football players) can sign National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for a top tier NCAA football program.

According to nationalletter.org, “The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

  • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
  • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).”

The NLI is not legally binding, but it is a contract of sorts that comes with penalties if not fulfilled by the student-athlete:

“Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement:  A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.”

The Trojans and Crimson Tide were picked the 1-2 best recruiters on Day 1 in 2015 by two experts apiece. CBS and Bleacher Report went with Alabama, while FOX Sports and Yahoo! went with USC at the top.

Beside the Crimson Tide, what about this season’s other “Final Four” schools in the College Football Playoffs (CFP): the champion Ohio State Buckeyes, runner-up Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles?

Florida State potentially improved the most with their new recruits, followed not too far away by Ohio State – but the Seminoles are losing Jameis Winston to the NFL draft while the Buckeyes remain intact at quarterback and elsewhere.

Alabama and Ohio State will be right back in the mix in 2015. The Seminoles? We’ll have to see.

Meanwhile, the Ducks, losing their 2014 Heisman-winning QB, Marcus Mariota, to the NFL Draft – and pulling up 18th on signing day – might need a few seasons to catch up again.

To get the composite ranking below, I took the four sets of rankings and simply added the ranks, with the lowest totals ranked highest (i.e. USC, 6 = Alabama, 6 < a surprising third-best Tennessee, 17). For ties (i.e. Clemson, LSU and Georgia), the school with the best highest ranking (HR) got the nod. For those schools at the bottom and not on all three lists, they are first ranked by school on (3) of the lists, then (1).

Check out my sources, where each ran it out to No. 25, by clicking on the titles in the second list below – and go deeper into the top schools’ signings.

COMPOSITE RANKINGS

SCHOOL COMPOSITE RANKING
1. Alabama 6 (EVEN)
1. USC 6 (EVEN)
3. Tennessee 17
4. Florida State 20
5. Auburn 27
6. Ohio State 30
7. Clemson 32 (HR: 4)
8. LSU 32 (HR: 5+)
9. Georgia 32 (HR: 5)
10. UCLA 37
11. Texas 41
12. Notre Dame 43
13. Texas A&M 44
14. Penn State 56
15. Oklahoma 58
16. Mississippi State 69
17. South Carolina 77
18. Oregon 49 (3)
19. Ole Miss 51 (3)
20. Arizona State 59 (3)
21. Michigan State 17 (1)
22. Stanford 18 (1)
23. Florida 20 (1)

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INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

FOX SPORTS CBS (247SPORTS.COM) BLEACHER REPORT YAHOO! (RIVALS.COM)
1. USC Alabama Alabama USC
2. Alabama USC USC Alabama
3. Auburn Florida State Florida State Florida State
4. Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Clemson
5. Georgia LSU Clemson Tennessee
6. Notre Dame Ohio State Ohio State Auburn
7. Texas UCLA LSU Georgia
8. Ohio State Clemson UCLA LSU
9. UCLA Auburn Auburn Ohio State
10. Texas A&M Georgia Georgia Texas A&M
11. Florida State Texas Texas Notre Dame
12. LSU Texas A&M Texas A&M Texas
13. Penn State Notre Dame Notre Dame UCLA
14. Oklahoma Penn State Penn State Oklahoma
15. Clemson Oklahoma Oklahoma Penn State
16. Ole Miss Oregon Oregon Mississippi State
17. Michigan State Ole Miss Mississippi State Oregon
18. Mississippi State Mississippi State Ole Miss Stanford
19. Arizona State South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina
20. South Carolina Arizona State Florida Arizona State

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2014 NCAA Football: Preseason vs. Final AP Top 25 Rankings

The 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Started The Season Ranked Fifth

The 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Started The Season Ranked Fifth

There’s no doubt about it. Ohio State is truly the undisputed 2014 National Champion, winning the first ever College Football Playoffs (CFP) in certain fashion – cutting through Alabama and Oregon for the title.

But who was predicted to win it all way back in August? The AP was calling for a Florida State repeat.

It’s hard to predict the overall season-ending No. 1, and you still have to give the preseason rankings some credit. The top five – minus a poor Oklahoma – are in tact though jumbled, and 16 of the preseason rankers made the final cut.

That also means nine dropped out and nine climbed in, including the early-on, way-underrated TCU Horned Frogs, who went from nowhere to No. 3.

2014 NCAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON VS. FINAL RANKINGS

PRESEASON 2014 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2014 RANKING FINAL 2014 RECORD UP OR DOWN? DIFF.
1. Florida State (57) 5 13-1 DOWN -4
2. Alabama (1) 4 12-2 DOWN -2
3. Oregon (1) 2 13-2 UP +1
4. Oklahoma (1) NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
5. Ohio State 1 (59) 14-1 UP +4
6. Auburn 22 8-5 DOWN -16
7. UCLA 10 10-3 DOWN -3
8. Michigan State 5 11-2 UP +3
9. South Carolina NR 7-6 DOWN OFF
10. Baylor 7 11-2 UP +3
11. Stanford NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
12. Georgia 9 10-3 UP +3
13. LSU NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
14. Wisconsin 13 11-3 UP +3
15. USC 20 9-4 DOWN -5
16. Clemson 15 10-3 UP +1
17. Notre Dame NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
18. Ole Miss 17 9-4 UP +1
19. Arizona State 12 10-3 UP +7
20. Kansas State 18 9-4 UP +2
21. Texas A&M NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
22. Nebraska NR 9-4 DOWN OFF
23. North Carolina NR 6-7 DOWN OFF
24. Missouri 14 11-3 UP +10
25. Washington NR 8-6 DOWN OFF

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2014 NCAA FOOTBALL: FROM NOT RANKED TO RANKED

PRESEASON 2014 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2014 RANKING FINAL 2014 RECORD
NR TCU 3 12-1
NR Georgia Tech 8 11-3
NR Mississippi State 11 10-3
NR Boise State 16 12-2
NR Arizona 19 10-4
NR Utah 21 9-4
NR Marshall 23 13-1
NR Louisville 24 9-4
NR Memphis 25 10-3

Photo: ohiostatebuckeyes.com

Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks All-Time Bowl Results and Records

It's Ohio State Vs. Oregon For All The Marbles

It’s Ohio State Vs. Oregon For All The Marbles

If you include championship or title games, Ohio State is appearing in its 46th Bowl game this evening and Oregon its 29th.

The Buckeyes and Ducks have met two times before on so (ok, not quite as so) grand a stage: the 1957 and 2009 Rose Bowls. Ohio State came out on top both times.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (BOWLS RECORD 21-24)

  W-L WINS AGAINST (SCORE) LOSSES AGAINST (SCORE)
Rose Bowl 7-7 1949 California (17-14) 1920 California (28-0)
    1954 USC (20-7) 1970 Stanford (27-17)
    1957 Oregon (10-7) 1972 USC (42-17)
    1968 USC (27-16) 1974 USC (18-17)
    1973 USC (42-21) 1975 UCLA (23-10)
    1996 Arizona State (20-17) 1979 USC (17-16)
    2009 Oregon (26-17) 1984 USC (20-17)
           
Orange Bowl 1-1 1976 Colorado (27-10) 2013 Clemson (40-35)
           
Sugar Bowl 3-2 1998 Texas A&M (24-14) 1977 Albama (35-6)
    2010 Arkansas (31-26) 1997 Florida State (31-14)
    2014 Alabama (42-35)    
           
Gator Bowl 0-2     1978 Clemson (17-15)
        2011 Florida (24-17)
           
Fiesta Bowl 4-2 1983 Pittsburgh (28-23) 1980 Penn State (31-19)
    2002 Miami (FL) (31-24) 2008 Texas (24-21)
    2003 Kansas State (35-28)    
    2005 Notre Dame (34-20)    
           
Liberty Bowl 1-1 1981 Navy (31-28) 1990 Air Force (23-11)
           
Holiday Bowl 2-0 1982 BYU (47-17)    
    1993 BYU (28-21)    
           
Citrus Bowl 1-3 1985 BYU (10-7) 1992 Georgia (21-14)
        1994 Alabama (24-17)
        1995 Tennessee (20-14)
           
Cotton Bowl 1-0 1986 Texas A&M (28-12)    
           
Hall of Fame/Outback Bowl 0-4     1989 Auburn (31-14)
        1991 Syracuse (24-17)
        2000 South Carolina (24-7)
        2001 South Carolina (31-28)
           
Alamo Bowl 1-0 2004 Oklahoma State (33-7)    
           
BCS Championship 0-2     2006 Florida (41-14)
        2007 LSU (38-24)

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OREGON DUCKS (BOWLS RECORD 13-15)

W-L WINS AGAINST (SCORE) LOSSES AGAINST (SCORE)
Rose Bowl 3-4 1916 Pennsylvania (14-0) 1919 Harvard (7-6)
2011 Wisconsin (45-38) 1957 Ohio State (10-7)
2014 Florida State (59-20) 1994 Penn State (38-20)
2009 Ohio State (26-17)
Cotton Bowl 0-2 1948 SMU (21-13)
1995 Colorado (38-6)
Liberty Bowl 0-1 1960 Penn State (41-12)
Sun Bowl 3-1 1963 SMU (21-14) 2003 Minnesota (31-30)
1999 Minnesota (24-20)
2007 South Florida (56-21)
Independence Bowl 1-1 1989 Tulsa (27-24) 1992 Wake Forest (39-35)
Freedom Bowl 0-1 1990 Colorado State (32-31)
Las Vegas Bowl 1-1 1997 Air Force (41-13) 2006 BYU (38-8)
Aloha Classic 0-1 1998 Colorado (51-43)
Holiday Bowl 2-1 2000 Texas (35-30) 2005 Oklahoma (17-14)
2008 Oklahoma State (42-31)
Fiesta Bowl 2-0 2001 Colorado (38-16)
2012 Kansas State (35-17)
Seattle Bowl 0-1 2002 Wake Forest (38-17)
BCS Championship 0-1 2010 Auburn (22-19)
Alamo Bowl 1-0 2013 Texas (30-7)

Photo: wbrz.com

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