Power Ranking College Football's Top 15 Offensive Lines for 2012

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Power Ranking College Football's Top 15 Offensive Lines for 2012
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Alabama's offensive line is once again stocked with premier talent for the 2012 season

You’ve surely heard that old football saying before. You know, the one about how the “game is won in the trenches.”

Plenty of analysts and coaches have repeated it for decades, but just because it’s become a bit tired and overused through the years doesn’t make it any less true.

While star offensive skill position players such as quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers hog up all of the glory and bask in the spotlight, it’s the linemen battling it out in the trenches, oftentimes without any fanfare, who usually decide which gridiron battles are won and which ones are lost.

There's simply no disputing the fact that a strong and capable offensive line is the foundation and building block for any great team.

Sure, in this day and age of high-flying spread offenses and pass-heavy schemes, offensive linemen aren’t asked to fill the same type of “line up and smash 'em in the face” type of roles that they used to back in the days of the Wing T and Power I, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable.

Those big-name star quarterbacks wouldn’t be stars if they were getting routinely hammered and crushed by pass-rushers snap after snap, and all of those big-name star running backs wouldn’t be stars if they didn’t have any room to run.

There’s an obvious correlation in football between having a strong offensive line and finding consistent success, so here’s a look at the 15 college football teams that will have the most sound and dependable offensive lines for the 2012 season.

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