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Kentucky and Auburn are two, for sure. Kentucky just needs to hang on and hope their on-field performance -- which I think they knew was going to be rough -- does not hurt them down the stretch as other teams will be sure to try and lure some of their 25 verbal commitments away. Five of those prospects are in the ESPN 300, and all are players that the Wildcats can form a nucleus around.
Auburn could see a nice close because of their unexpected performance on the field. A snowball effect of momentum heading into January could be vital for them, especially if they are 10-1 heading into the Iron Bowl and somehow manage a New Year’s Day bowl.
Missouri has also been somewhat of a surprise for what they have accomplished in the Southeast, with nine verbal commitments from Florida or Georgia. They absolutely have to have a presence in this region, which means winning road games down there is critical.