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January 29, 2012
Rivalries run strong on the recruiting trail
Rivalries don't end simply because the games are over. In some cases, rivalries don't require games to be played at all.
The months, weeks and days before National Signing Day reinforce some traditional rivalries, reignite some old ones and even introduce some new grudge matches.
That's what we're examining here: What are some of the new and renewed recruiting rivalries for 2012 and beyond?
Some are extensions of the on-field rivalries: Michigan and Ohio State is the textbook example of a rivalry that has only grown in intensity thanks to Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer on the recruiting trail.
New coaches at Virginia (Mike London) and Vanderbilt (James Franklin) aim to get out from under the thumb of their in-state rivals Virginia Tech and Tennessee starting with victories in the 2012 signing class.
Then there are new recruiting rivalries which have emerged in the class of 2012. Alabama and Florida State both crossed state lines to grab top recruits. The departure of two key assistants will make California and Washington a key recruiting rivalry in the Pac-12. And TCU is trying to show it can recruit on par with its new neighbors in the Big 12.
Here's a look at our top 10 new and renewed recruiting rivalries for 2012 and beyond.
Top 10 New and Renewed Recruiting Rivalries
TCU vs. the Big 12
Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt