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Ask Farrell: Who might upend Alabama in team rankings?

CLASS OF 2019 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team

MORE ASK FARRELL: Which position group is the strongest in the 2019 class? | Is this the worst QB class since 2011? | Biggest ranking regret? | Why is Stingley No. 1?

Rivals.com Rankings Week continues today with the reveal of the rest of the individual position rankings. But Saturday marks the breakdown of the updated Rivals.com Team Rankings.

If Oklahoma was to overtake current No. 1 Alabama by signing day, it would be the first time the Sooners captured the Rivals.com recruiting national championship. In fact, in the Rivals.com era (2002-present) only six different programs (Texas, LSU, USC, Florida, Alabama and Georgia) have taken the top overall spot.

The Bulldogs were a first-time champ in 2018, thanks to an historic season on the field that helped fuel an equally impressive season on the recruiting trail. So will a new program follow in Georgia’s footsteps and win the recruiting crown in 2019? Or will Alabama capture the top spot for the seventh time in the last nine years?

We ask Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell to weigh in on the topic.

ASK FARRELL: Do you see Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan or Florida State overtaking Alabama to win the first recruiting title in school history?

“I can see Ohio State finishing No. 1 because of Urban Meyer and possibly Florida State because of its home recruiting advantage, but it will be hard for Oklahoma and Michigan. However, they don’t need to finish No. 1 to be national title contenders on the field, as Oklahoma has already proven. The Sooners do a great job recruiting the state of Texas and California and are now spot recruiting other states very well. Meanwhile, Michigan is starting to recruit the Southeast a bit better and that will help the Wolverines. But to answer honestly, Ohio State and Florida State are the two out of that group that could be future No. 1 recruiting teams.” – Farrell

RIVALS.COM RECRUITING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, BY YEAR

2002: Texas

2003: LSU

2004: USC

2005: USC

2006: USC

2007: Florida

2008: Alabama

2009: Alabama

2010: USC

2011: Alabama

2012: Alabama

2013: Alabama

2014: Alabama

2015: USC

2016: Alabama

2017: Alabama

2018: Georgia

RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK SCHEDULE

Rival Views: Who is the top QB? | Who is the top RB?

Monday: Top 10 players revealed | Who was the hardest to rank? | Making the case for the top 10 | A closer look at who is No. 1 | Adam Gorney's Take Two | Stingley's rise to No. 1 | Godfather & Gorney Podcast

Tuesday: New Rivals100 released | Five new five-stars | Farrell's Mind of Mike| Rival Views | Which prospect has the most important summer ahead?

Wednesday: New Rivals250 released | Who did each analyst go to bat for the most? | Five schools that should be most pleased with new rankings | Rivals Rankings Podcast | Rivals250 by the numbers | Should Gunnell have dropped that far? | Take Two

Thursday: QB rankings | RB rankings | WR/TE rankings | OL rankings | Ask Farrell: Which position group is the strongest? | Can Jimbo keep up fast recruiting start at A&M? | Commitment Issues Podcast

Friday: DL rankings | LB rankings | DB rankings | ATH rankings | Ask Farrell: Who can upend Alabama in team rankings?

Saturday: Team rankings breakdown

Sunday: Mid-Atlantic states rankings | Southeast states | Midwest states | Texas | Florida | West