In most instances, one game won’t have a huge impact on a program’s recruiting efforts. Prospects tend to look at the big picture, rather than a one-game sample.
However, there are a few matchups this season that could have a significant effect on the trail for both teams. Whether it involves two in-state rivals fighting over the same players (think Florida-Miami), two coaches facing different kinds of pressure (Ohio State-Michigan) or an upstart program looking to invade a rival’s turf (Oregon-USC), these are the five games that could change the face of signing day.
Florida vs. Miami (in Orlando)
This game will set the tone for both programs and start a narrative that could be hard to change.
If Miami loses, it will appear to be more of the same after last year’s 7-6 disappointment. If new coach Manny Diaz pulls off the upset, the talk will be about the Hurricanes making a quick turnaround and propelling the program forward.