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LSU leapfrogs Buckeyes to No. 2 in Rivals’ team rankings

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As we trudge and stumble our way toward the halfway point of National Signing Day 2014, we figured now would be as good a time as any to update how individual teams are faring on the recruiting trail.

Ohio State began the day as the No. 2 football program in‘s team rankings.  Thanks to a handful of touted signings, including one of the top wide receivers in the country, LSU has jumped past the Buckeyes and into the No. 2 hole behind top-ranked Alabama.

The Tigers began the day rated outside of Rivals‘ Top Five.

Of the teams in the Top 10, seven come from the SEC.  The lone exceptions?  Ohio State (No. 3), Florida State (No. 4) and Notre Dame (No. 9).  In fact, nine of the teams in the Top 20 hail from the SEC while 11 of the Top 30 are from that conference.

The lowest-rated SEC school?  Vanderbilt at No. 65, and that’s due in large part to James Franklin pillaging the Commodores recruiting class on his way to Penn State.  Outside of Vandy, the lowest-rated SEC school is Mississippi State at No. 36.

Outside of the SEC, the ACC and Pac-12 each have six teams in Rivals’ Top 30, while the Big Ten and Big 12 have three each.

The top recruiting classes for each of the five major FBS conferences are as follows:

ACC: Florida State (No. 4)
Big Ten: Ohio State (No. 3)
Big 12: Oklahoma (No. 16)
Pac-12: Stanford (No. 13)
SEC: Alabama (No. 1)

At the moment — and obviously rankings will change all across the board before the day’s over — the highest-ranked team from a non-Big Five conference is the AAC’s USF (No. 40).

Below is how the Top 30 of the Rivals‘ team rankings look at the time of this posting:

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17 Responses to “LSU leapfrogs Buckeyes to No. 2 in Rivals’ team rankings”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Feb 5, 2014 1:53 PM

    It’s official: PFT and ESPN ARE carrying the SEC’s water.

    I mean really, Tennessee has 37 commits, how is that even possible if the max new scholarships you can have is 25? yet another classic example of the SEC over-signing and getting away with it whilst the NC2A turns a blind eye.

  2. John Taylor says: Feb 5, 2014 1:54 PM

    How much longer are you going to continue to whine? Asking for a friend.

    And you do realize you’re not on PFT, correct?

  3. dryzzt23 says: Feb 5, 2014 1:56 PM

    PFT/CFT are the same thing.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Feb 5, 2014 2:04 PM

    LMAO……@ John Taylor….

    But in other news, according to, BAMA has received national letters of intent from “6” 5-star recruits. Small discrepancy no biggie….

    Roll Tide…

  5. John Taylor says: Feb 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    @dhardy: that’s what I have here:

    Did I misstep elsewhere?

  6. John Taylor says: Feb 5, 2014 2:10 PM

    OK, now I see to what you were referring. Rivals had yet to update that part of its database by the time I had posted.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Feb 5, 2014 2:21 PM

    Of course not Mr. Taylor, I was actually just pointing out that Rivals has it wrong. You for the most part always seem to be on target…

  8. imaduffer says: Feb 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    @John Taylor,

    Are you responsible for new home page? If so, change it back. All those pictures are confussing.

  9. John Taylor says: Feb 5, 2014 2:30 PM

    @dhardy: Ha!

    @iumaduffer: that’s beyond my pay grade.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Feb 5, 2014 2:40 PM

    imaduffer says;

    “Are you responsible for new home page? If so, change it back. All those pictures are confussing.”

    Strange…. you and I don’t generally agree on things, but I’m with ya on this one. I opened my browser this morning and thought WTH??

  11. midtec2005 says: Feb 5, 2014 2:48 PM

    “Of the seven teams in the Top 10, seven come from the SEC”

    There are only 7 teams in the top 10? So does that make it the top 7?

    Sentence of the year right there, folks.

  12. midtec2005 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:30 PM

    Sorry to be an ass John, I thought it was funny though 😉 I see it was fixed.

  13. John Taylor says: Feb 5, 2014 3:36 PM

    I’ve had people who have been a lot more of an ass over the years. :-)

    Thanks for the “gentle” heads up; I have no clue what happened there.

  14. normtide says: Feb 5, 2014 5:16 PM

    News flash! The top league gets the most attention. Let that sink in. That has become the weakest of arguments. What does espn/cft/nbc have to gain by promoting the SEC? Espn contacts with every league, even the Mac. NbC is in bed with ND. CFT isn’t tied to any league. STOP MAKING EXCUSES! You want your team and league talked about more? Demand better from your team/league. There is a reason the Miami heat gets more nba talk. Your smart, I’m sure you can figure this out. As it is, your just whining.

  15. jarzmel says: Feb 6, 2014 1:38 AM

    It would be wise to not pay too much attention to this BS.
    How many of these so-called top recruits ever even make it at the college level, let alone to the NFL ?

  16. dkhhuey says: Feb 7, 2014 2:21 PM

    The NBCNews home page is absolutely horrid!!!

  17. southernpatriots says: Feb 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    Though I have been an LSU alum and fan now well over a half century, I must admit I am impressed with what I believe to be an unprecedented excellent recruiting by Head Coach Les Miles, John Chavis, Cam Cameron, their assistants and recruiters. It is not just the excellence of the players recruited. It is that they had gaps caused by the huge amount of players leaving for the NFL, and they filled them with excellent athletes who can step in immediately and make a contribution. The 2015 pledges are also impressive.

    It really looks like Miles and company have taken to heart the new reality. They coach the freshmen so well that they are ready to depart for the NFL by their 3rd year of eligibility (no more redshirting, guys!) so the coaches must tweak their recruiting, which they have done.

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