College Football 2012: 7 Teams That'll Be Ranked on Name Alone

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College Football 2012: 7 Teams That'll Be Ranked on Name Alone
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You'd be hard-pressed to find any sport that has as much pageantry and tradition as college football. You'd also be hard-pressed to find any sport where reputation alone counts for so much from season to season.

Every year, we get the pleasure of gazing at a preseason top-25 poll only to see certain teams stand out like a sore thumb at a knuckles convention. Inevitably, every year we see some of these teams fall faster than space junk entering the earth's atmosphere.

For evidence, one only needs to look at last year and see that Notre Dame, Ohio State and Florida State all fell from the early catbird seat and ended up in the equivalent of the junk heap of the college football rankings in comparison to where they started.

It's way too early to get excited about the prospects of name ranking this year, but here is a post-spring look at seven teams who are likely to be ranked on name alone.

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