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Ranking the Best Feuds in College Football

Is there anyone’s hand at work that you wouldn’t shake?

Let’s say it’s customary to gather around the fax machine and shake hands at the end of each work week—who wouldn’t you touch with a 10-foot pole?

Though the following coaches may not be in a full-on Hatfield-McCoy caliber feuds, they may not want to be friends on Facebook, either.

Whether it’s a few poorly-chosen words that the media plastered all over the internet, a recruiting battle or a perceived injustice in a game, these guys aren’t exactly what you’d call chummy.

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National Signing Day 2015: TV Schedule, Predictions for Top Remaining Recruits

National signing day can make or break the immediate future of any college football team. Some teams, namely Florida State, Alabama and Clemson, have already come away with a handful of top-ranked recruits; however, most schools anxiously await the decisions of the remaining uncommitted prospects.

Interestingly enough, three top-five players are still uncommitted, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. These 5-star recruits will surely be the main attractions when their ultimate decisions are revealed on Feb. 4. Until then, all we can do is speculate.

Due to the importance of these impending decisions, national signing day can be viewed in a number of different ways—top-10 announcements will be televised, other recruits' commitments will be revealed online and most schools have signing day coverage across the Web.

To ensure you don't miss the outcome for your favorite team or recruit, here's a look at the full national signing day schedule, followed by predictions for the top remaining prospects.


National Signing Day Schedule

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 4

Time: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Player Announcement List:

School-Specific Coverage List:

Twitter Announcements: @ESPNCFB, @CollegeGameDay


Uncommitted Recruit Predictions

Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.


Terry Beckner Jr., DT

Let's take an in-depth look at Beckner here. After all, the 6'4", 293-pound defensive tackle is one of the most sought-after recruits, and with five schools still in the running for his services, there isn't a clear indication of which he'll pick.

Currently, Missouri, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State and LSU could potentially land Beckner, and each of those teams makes perfect sense. Missouri, Auburn and LSU have sound defenses, Florida State continues to compete for national titles and Ohio State just won the inaugural College Football Playoff.

So, what makes Beckner a highly coveted prospect?

While Beckner is already a mauler in the trenches due to his great combination of size and strength, he has a frame that will easily support more weight. Adding a bit of muscle to eclipse the 300-pound mark would make him a terror in the collegiate ranks and catch the eye of many NFL scouts.

Versatility is another of Beckner's sought-after traits. Not only is he one of the most talented defensive tackles in the class of 2015, but he has the skill set to flourish at any inside position along the defensive line. No matter if he resides on a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense, expect Beckner to excel at either the 3-technique, 5-technique or nose guard.

Adding to his well-rounded skill set is a great deal of athleticism. He has a great burst off the snap that allows him to explode into a would-be blocker and knock his off-balance opponent into the backfield. Once in the backfield, Beckner routinely causes problems, as he plays with a high motor and regularly makes plays in pursuit of the ball-carrier.

Now, the burning question: Which school is most likely to gain his services?

At this time, the front-runner has to be Missouri. During a recent visit to the school, the Tigers pulled out all the stops to make Beckner feel at home, including displaying some massive support in the arena, via Mark Kim of ESPNU:

While Beckner's trip to Missouri more than likely helped the Tigers' chances of bringing in the 5-star recruit, the school's reputation for churning out NFL defensive linemen should make the thought of attending Missouri even more enticing.

In 2013, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson went 13th overall to the New York Jets. One year later, defensive end Kony Ealy was picked in the second round by the Carolina Panthers. This year, defensive end Shane Ray is expected to be a first-round selection and potential top-10 pick.

Again, every school on Beckner's short list makes sense for the 5-star recruit, but Missouri appears to stand out above the rest.

Prediction: Missouri

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