The 12 Most Telling and Compelling Non-Conference Matchups of 2009

Brian NelsonCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2009

The 12 Most Telling and Compelling Non-Conference Matchups of 2009

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Damian Williams #18 of the USC Trojans scores a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated

12. TCU @ Clemson

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Defensive End Jerry Hughes #98 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates his sack Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of Boise State Broncos during Frogs' 17-16 win over the Broncos in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Q

11. Cincinatti @ Oregon St.

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    CORVALIS, OR - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jacquizz Rodgers #1 of the Oregon State Beavers scores a touchdown against the Southern California Trojans at Reser Stadium on September 25, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

10. FSU @ UF

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles congratulates head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after the Gators' victory at Doak Campbell Stadium November 25, 2006 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida defeate

9. FSU @ BYU

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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Max Hall #15 of the BYU Cougars drops back to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2008 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

8. Oklahoma @ Miami

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes throws a pass while taking on the Wake Forest Demon Decons at Dolphin Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated Wake Forest 16-10.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Im

7. Oregon @ Boise St.

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    BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13:  Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos waits for the snap against the Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

6. Utah @ Oregon

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback John Parker Wilson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is hit as he throws by defensive tackle Greg Newman #56 of the Utah Utes in the first quarter during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on Janua

5. Oklahoma vs. BYU (Arlington, TX)

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to pass against the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

4. Georgia @ Georgia Tech

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Josh Nesbitt #9 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ran for 48 yards during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 45-42

3. Georgia @ Oklahoma State

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    LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2. USC @ Ohio State

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: Quarterback Terrell Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

1. Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (Atlanta, GA)

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 08:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide avoids a tackle by Chris Hawkins #29 of the Louisiana State University Tigers  on November 11, 2008 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tide defeated the Tigers 27-21 i