College Football 2012: Surprise Teams That Could Capture Conference Crowns

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College Football 2012: Surprise Teams That Could Capture Conference Crowns
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The 2012 college football season hasn't even started yet and we are already picking our favorites to win conference titles.

But what's that old saying about the best laid plans?

While we all certainly have favorites to win each conference, invariably every season there seems to be a team or two that comes from nowhere to challenge the heavyweights for a shot a something more than a passing mention on the evening news.

Think of Auburn in 2010 or Clemson in 2011. Before those seasons began, there wasn't much attention paid to these programs (outside of their respective backyards).

Both ended up winning a conference title and earning a BCS invite.

So who has a shot at becoming the next surprise conference title contender?

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