College Football Talking Points: Recruiting, Senior Bowl, and Money

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIJanuary 26, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Here is what you need to know to be in the know for college football this week.  Remember Irish Poet Oscar Wilde and his words about the art of conversation: "Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate on nothing." Here is your chance to be up top speed.

Recruiting is at the top of the list right now. Currently the debate is not if Florida has the best recruiting class in the nation this year, but whether or not it is the best of all time. Urban Meyer has commitments from 16 of the ESPNU’s top 150 players. Rivals shows the Gators with four commitments weighing in at five stars, including their overall No. 1 player Ronald Powell, a defensive end from California.

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Among the usual players at the top of the recruiting charts are Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, USC, Georgia, and Penn State. Making their marks with new staffs are Auburn and Florida State. Things might become interesting in the Sunshine State and future Iron Bowls.

Right behind recruiting is the Senior Bowl in Mobile. For many players their performance this week in practice in front of NFL scouts will determine their place in the draft this year. Tim Tebow is the player everyone is talking about the most, and early indications are that he has had a slow start in handling the duties given to an NFL quarterback. Terrence Cody of Alabama is raising eyebrows with his 370 pounds and not always in a positive way.

While the players from the larger schools will garner most of the attention at the Senior Bowl, those from smaller programs will be working hard to get their share of consideration. One to keep an eye on is Wayne State’s Joique Bell. During his time in college, the running back racked up 6,728 rushing yards. Scouts will want to know how he fares against top flight competition at the all-star game.

Money is also a hot topic this week, as it seems to always be. The SEC and Big Ten will pocket $22 million dollars from the BCS by placing two teams in the top tier bowls. You also understand why the Mountain West and WAC may sound incredulous every year about the BCS system but keep signing on to it. The two leagues put $9.8 and $7.8 million in their pockets by being participants.

The MAC and Sun Belt were on the low end of the spectrum with under $2 million coming their way from the bowls. Here is the question: How much would these leagues earn if the big boy leagues said “Games open…the best teams, year in, year out are the ones who will play in these games and take the money?” Now you know why they also don’t really want the system to change.

Now you have the items making news right now. Recruiting will continue to be the big story until the ink is dry on the letters of intent and all eyes turn to spring practice around the country.

Your mission this week: Keep the conversation going. Our job at College Sports Matchups is to keep giving you the information you need to hold up your end of the deal.