We've officially reached that time of the year when all meaningful football is over and fans are resigned to turn their attention to the hardwood or the baseball diamond. But one last glimmer of hope remains before we're hurled into the long, cold offseason: national signing day.
While most college football followers have been lamenting the absence of real gridiron action since the conclusion of Florida State and Auburn in the BCS championship game, Wednesday gives everyone a chance to once again dive deep into the sport we so love.
Perhaps you don't bother with recruiting, and you're already looking forward to spring practice storylines. For everyone else, national signing day is a day filled with emotions ranging from excitement and anticipation to dread and disappointment. At the end of the day, it's hard to know how to really feel given that these are high school kids who have yet to play in a college game.
But while some programs are surging toward a strong finish in recruiting, others are doing their best to hold on to their verbal commits. And still others make the list of those with the most to lose simply because a lot of their targets are planning to commit on Wednesday.
If your sights are set on number of kids still waiting to commit and you fail to land some or all of them, national signing day goes down a loss regardless of how great the rest of the class looks.
Here now are five teams with the most to lose on national signing day.