The Recruiting Elite, Part Two: National Championships and Revenue

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Nick Saban has built Alabama into the top recruiting team in the nation. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Yesterday I promised you a formula to rank the top recruiting schools across college football.  It’s not a perfect formula, and let’s face it, nobody will ever get it 100% right when it comes to recruiting.

It’s simple.  If you sign the No. 1 class in the country, you get 25 points.  If you sign the No. 25 class in the country, you get one point.  No. 2 is 24 points, and No. 24 is two points.  Etc., etc.  Like I said, it’s not perfect.  It stops at No. 25.  But since you’re highly unlikely to win national championships without signing at least top 15 classes, I suppose it doesn’t really matter that the counting stops at No. 25 in my formula.

I total up recruiting points from the 2008-17 (10 years) recruiting class rankings on Rivals.com, and that produces the ranking show in the following table.

I also include (for information only) the number of national championships during the BCS/Playoff era (1998-present), along with current stadium capacity, and total athletic department revenue (...