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Rankings vs. reality

Oregon is among the programs have exceeded expectations on the field in recent years.

As great as Alabama has been between the white lines in recent years, it's been no less impressive in living rooms across the Southeast and in many other parts of the country.

Simply put, the Tide's success on the field — three BCS titles in four years — has merely kept pace with its three No. 1 recruiting rankings over the same period. And, wouldn't you know it, Nick Saban just made it four No. 1 recruiting rankings in five years after another stellar Signing Day.

Today — using SN recruiting expert Brian McLaughlin's annual top 25 National Signing Day classes, beginning in 2009 — we look at five programs whose on-field performances tend to exceed the pace of their recruiting rankings, and five programs that simply fall woefully short.

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