College Football 2012 Preview: Ranking the Top 200 Impact Players for 2012

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College Football 2012 Preview: Ranking the Top 200 Impact Players for 2012
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USC QB Matt Barkley is set to be the 2012 cover boy of college football

With seven more months remaining between now and the start of the 2012 college football season, it feels like we’re going to have to wait a while before we get another opportunity to see all of our favorite schools battle it out on the gridiron again. 

Still, that certainly doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot to do between now and August 30th. We’ve got lots of debating to do for the next few months, as college football fans around the country will all be looking to weigh in with their opinions about the upcoming season.

Who will win the Heisman?

Who will win the national title?

Which teams are overrated?

Which teams will shock everyone?

There are plenty of important questions that are going to be asked in the months leading up to the 2012 season, and everyone’s going to have their own different opinions about what we’re in store for.

With National Signing Day coming up in just a few days, the main focus around college football is centered around which schools will be able to land the top high school football prospects of the 2012 recruiting class.

But let’s not forget about all of the great players who have already proven their worth at the collegiate level.

As is always the case in the constantly changing environment of college football, we’ve had to wave goodbye to many of the star players that made this past season so much fun.

Big-name players from 2011 like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and many others have moved on and are now preparing themselves for life in the NFL. While it’s sad to see them go, their departures open up room for the next wave of star players to emerge in 2012.

That’s what makes the sport of college football so fantastic—every year, new stars are born.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to put together a very early, preliminary list, ranking the players who I think will make the biggest impact next season.

Here’s a look at the Top 200 impact players for the 2012 season.
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