We interrupt the fawning over where teenagers decide to attend college for my annual crash course on the silly season known as recruiting rankings.

Recruiting rankings matter, you see ... until they don't.


We have all had this discussion before but this has some detail. There is always a TCU or Georgia Tech to muddy the water, but I think it is safe to say these things together: Defense wins championships and recruiting wins championships. There is a reason Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have had some really good teams but not been National Champion in the past several years.