College Football's Top 20 National Title Contenders for the 2012 Season

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College Football's Top 20 National Title Contenders for the 2012 Season
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Does LSU really deserve the No. 1 ranking in the 2012 preseason polls?

The USA Today preseason coaches poll Top 25 has just been released, which means that it’s officially time for college football fans to begin debating about which teams are ranked too high and too low and which teams are overrated and underrated for the 2012 season.

Overall, there really aren’t many surprises in the Top 10 of the first official major poll of the offseason.

Defending SEC champs LSU, defending national champs Alabama, USC, Oklahoma and Oregon claimed the top five spots, which was pretty much to be expected.

As we’ve learned in recent years, however, preseason polls are far from a foolproof indicator or perfect predictor for success.

Just ask Oklahoma fans, Texas A&M fans and Florida State fans, who all watched their preseason Top 10-ranked teams falter and disappoint in 2011.

On paper, LSU, Alabama and USC may be the three best teams in college football going into the season, but there are also plenty of other capable challengers out there that could step up and contend for a national crown.

Here’s a look at how college football’s top 20 national title contenders stack up for the 2012 season.

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