What happens on the field is more important than anything else in college football. Programs are defined by the amount of games won, and everything between early January and late August is simply preparation for the battle on the gridiron.
But recruiting will always remain a top priority for those hoping to continually achieve success, and distractions from the process, such as new head coaches, major decommits or embarrassing off-the-field incidents, can put a serious damper on what might have been a solid year.
Regardless of whether you're 11-2 or 4-8, it's always important to stay focused on getting the best recruiting class possible. But as we typically see, some schools aren't in the best shape to achieve that for a variety of reasons.
Teams dealing with recruiting issues in December can certainly turn things around and finish strong before national signing day, and a weak class now doesn't always spell doom. Some schools have a lot up in the air heading into the final stretch of recruiting, however, raising major questions about the next two months.
Here are five such programs who have more on their respective plates than they'd like at this juncture.