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Head-to-Head Recruiting Rivals: Whose State Is It?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:49pm
  • NC State's slogan has been true in one of the last three seasons (NC State sports information)
     NC State's slogan has been true in one of the last three seasons (NC State sports information)

In our previous piece, we showed you the overall ACC recruiting won-loss records over the last three seasons, but fans don't just want their coaches to win recruiting battles. They want them to beat out their arch-rivals. 

So we looked at some of the ACC's biggest rivalries to see who has had the upper hand in recent years. 

Florida State vs. Miami: The Sunshine State is chock full of prospects. Jimbo Fisher and Al Golden battle head-to-head over more prospects than any other pair of ACC schools. Fisher and the Seminoles have had the upper hand, but it hasn't been a blowout. 

2013: FSU 9, Miami 8

2014: FSU 12, Miami 7

2015: FSU 3, Miami 1

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia: Mike London narrowed the gap last season, but Frank Beamer still has the program to beat in the Commonwealth. 

2013: Virginia Tech 10, Virginia 5

2014: Virginia Tech 7, Virginia 4

2015: 0-0 tie (no recruits have chosen one program's scholarship offer over the other's yet)

NC State vs. UNC: Dave Doeren shook off his first-year slump in a hurry, but Larry Fedora is bouncing back strong this year. 

2013: UNC 7, NC State 2

2014: NC State 7, UNC 6

2015: UNC 4, NC State 0 

UNC vs. Duke: It's not as heated in football as basketball, and David Cutcliffe and Fedora don't battle head-to-head for many prospects. That seems like good news for Cutcliffe. 

2013: UNC 3, Duke 1

2014: UNC 7, Duke 3

2015: UNC 1, Duke 0

Miami vs. Notre Dame: The old Catholics vs. Convicts battle hasn't exactly heated up in recruiting circles. 

2013: 2-2 tie

2014: Notre Dame 6, Miami 2

2015: Miami 2, Notre Dame 0

Clemson vs. Florida State: It's the game that decides the Atlantic Division each year, and up until this year, it's been a razor-thin margin in recruiting wars. 

2013: 4-4 tie

2014: Florida State 5, Clemson 4

2015: Florida State 5, Clemson 0