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BCS standings and recruiting rankings

The current BCS standings could end up looking completely different by the time we get to Dec. 5.

Still, they’re a reminder that just because your team doesn’t finish in the top 10 or even the top 20 of the recruiting rankings every year, there’s no reason to sweat.

In fact, there’s not a single team in the top 10 of this week’s BCS standings that finished in the top 10 of ESPN’s recruiting rankings for all three of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 signing classes.

We picked the 2007, 2008 and 2009 classes because players signing in those years should be sophomores, juniors and seniors right now and make up the bulk of the football team.

Alabama, No. 7 this week in the BCS standings, is the only team in the top 10 to crack ESPN’s top 20 recruiting classes all three years in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

It’s a similar story when you look back at the Rivals.com recruiting rankings.

Only No. 1 Auburn, No. 7 Alabama and No. 9 Oklahoma had recruiting classes ranked in the top 20 all three years in 2007, 2008 and 2009. It’s worth noting that Auburn barely made it in two of those years, finishing 20th in 2008 and 19th in 2009.

When you take into account both the ESPN and Rivals.com recruiting rankings, five of the top 10 teams this week in the BCS standings failed to produce top-20 signing classes in any of those three years.

Those five teams were No. 3 Boise State, No. 4 TCU, No. 6 Missouri, No. 8 Utah and No. 10 Wisconsin.

Again using the combined recruiting rankings of ESPN and Rivals.com, No. 2 Oregon cracked the top 20 in two of the three years (but never the top 10), and No. 5 Michigan State made it into the top 20 just once.

Even more interesting is the list of recruiting juggernauts that were left out of the top 25 this week in the BCS standings.

Among them: Florida, Texas, Southern California, Georgia, Michigan, UCLA and Notre Dame.

Florida is working on its sixth straight top-5 class, according to the ESPN rankings. Texas has had five straight top-10 classes, four of those top-5 classes. USC has had five straight top-10 classes, and three of those have been top-5 classes.

Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA have all been fixtures among the top 15 recruiting classes each of the last four years.

What's it all mean?

For one, recruiting is anything but an exact science. The ranking that counts is the one a team earns on the field.

And while raking in talented prospects on signing day is a huge part of the whole process, it’s what you do with them once they get on your campus that matters most.

Here’s a look at where the top 10 teams in this week’s BCS standings were ranked among ESPN's recruiting rankings for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 classes. An NR indicates they weren’t ranked in the top 25: