Predicting the 2009 College Football Conference Champions

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Predicting the 2009 College Football Conference Champions

Winning the conference championship is every team's first goal going into the season, and its importance stretches far past the shiny trophy:

If you’re a fan, it will give you a year’s worth of bragging rights within the boundaries of your region. If you’re a coach, you can use it to impress a recruit.

If you’re a team, you must win it to have any chance to play for a national title (unless a time machine puts us back in 2003 and you’re the Oklahoma Sooners).

There are a lot of questions going into this year’s college football season.

Will we have another three-way-tie (nightmare) like we did in the Big 12 South in 2008?

Will another conference Goliath like USC have to nervously wait for a David like Oregon State to implode down the stretch?

Will we have more college football experts saying "It's anyone's guess" like the ACC and Big East did last year?

I am going to take a close look at the six BCS conferences and predict which teams will win each conference. I will also project who the other contenders will be in each conference and why they will come up short.

Every league has multiple marquee matchups, so I will give my opinion on which one will be the "Conference Game of the Year," and I'll also highlight the other notable games that will help shape each race.

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