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When you get down to it, the Big 12 is still centered around two programs: Texas and Oklahoma. Even though neither is the clear-cut favorite to win the Big 12, the Red River rivals still move the needle for many recruits. So it should come as no surprise that many of their games will be among the Big 12’s most important as far as recruiting is concerned. Here is a look at the Big 12’s top 10 most important games to recruits (not limited to conference games).

1. Oklahoma vs. Texas, Oct. 12
There is never a season that this game isn’t circled by each fan base and by just about any top recruit in the region as one of the marquee games. Prospects will be keeping an eye on not only how the game unfolds but also how each coaching staff interacts with players, how they fit into each team’s particular schemes, etc. There is more pressure on Texas to win this game this season, given that OU has owned the rivalry the last three seasons. If the Sooners find a way to win for a fourth consecutive season, the Longhorns will have a tougher time in head-to-head recruiting battles in the near future.

Every SEC game is crucial for recruiting in some form or another. It was difficult to narrow down a top 10, but here's a list of the most important games of the year from a recruiting standpoint.

1. LSU at Alabama, Nov. 9

Not much else needs to be said about why this game is so important. LSU and Alabama will go head-to-head for many targets, including Leonard Fournette, Cameron Robinson and Laurence "Hootie" Jones and this game could play a big role in determining where these elite players will wind up.


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The List: Top Big Ten games for recruits 

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The 2013 season is right around the corner, which means recruits will be scheduling official and unofficial visits. The bigger the game, the bigger the implications at stake with regards to recruiting.

With a lot of top prospects still on the board for Big Ten teams, here is a look at the top 10 games this season for the conference.


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Clemson, Pitt and Virginia Tech have important season openers, and Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech could use a win in the regular-season finale to help sway recruits against a major in-state rival.

Here are 10 games involving ACC teams that could shape the 2014 recruiting class as well as classes to come.

1. Florida at Miami, Sept. 7
Miami has a chance to make a major statement here. With all kinds of offensive talent at their disposal, the Hurricanes will try to take advantage of a younger but talented Gators defense. Florida has done very well in South Florida this recruiting cycle, but with a win, Miami might be able to make a push for some recruits the Gators have by being able to point to a win in a head-to-head situation. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) are major targets committed to Florida.


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As usual, the Pac-12 will test itself in some of the top non-conference games of the 2013 season, which will have dynamic recruiting implications. But those will be the appetizers for what is shaping up to be a terrific conference slate. With natural rivalry games up and down the conference, recruiting stakes are high every week and games that could have a big impact on shaping the 2014 class could easily stretch into double digits.

But in this week’s The List, we examine the top 10 most important games for recruiting purposes involving a Pac-12 program.

UCLA at USC, Nov. 30

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