As important as it is for our favorite college football team to beat its most hated rivals on the field, it’s just as crucial that our coaches win battles on the recruiting trail.
You could argue that successful preparation for big games starts four full recruiting years prior to the actual contest.
The following slideshow, based on the assumption that recruiting is the foundation of eventual success, pinpoints 10 of the biggest recruiting rivalries in college football.
Although it's impossible to identify teams battling for particular high school talent in any given recruiting cycle, this presentation serves as an indicator of who fights whom for the highest-rated athletes year in and year out.
These rivalries for the talent oozing out of the nooks and crannies of our great nation are the key battles that determine which programs will dominate our great sport.