A season of hope

National signing day offers optimism for teams down on their luck

Updated: December 3, 2012, 4:07 AM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN RecruitingNation

As bowl season begins in college football, no shortage exists of programs that need a lift, a boost of support to help survive the ever-increasing buzz sure to reach a deafening pitch from South Beach as the BCS title game draws near.

For traditional powers such as Ohio State, Miami and Tennessee, there's little worse than a December at home as the nation fawns over Notre Dame.

Still others dread what they view as another championship gift-wrapped for the Southeastern Conference. ...

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