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College Football 2010: The Year of the Bully Beater as Chaos Reigns

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College Football 2010: The Year of the Bully Beater as Chaos Reigns
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College football has stood the test of thousands of different story lines over the past year.

Agent scandals, conference and division shifts, coaching changes, payment of players—they’ve all shaken the very landscape of college football.

But on the football field, a shift of power is happening that may not happen again.

I’ve been watching football for a long time, especially this decade (considering I was born in the decade before), but I’ve been around long enough to know who the perennial powers are and who the pretenders are. Teams like Alabama, Florida, VT, USC, OU and Texas dominate the landscape year in and year out.

But this year, the traditional “bullies,” as they’ve become, have been knocked off their perch at an alarming rate. Last night, watching my Sooners go down to Mizzou for the first time under coach Bob Stoops, woke me up to realizing just what is happening to college football’s elite.

I’ll take a look conference by conference, introducing the De-Bullified Scale: This is a scale out of 10 rating the bully-beating of the conference. If a conference’s “bullies” have been taken out completely and the little guys are running the show, they get a 10. A traditional standing earns a one.

Now we rank them from least shaken to most.

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