The first big talk of the season will be centered around the conference shake-ups.
In case you have been living under a rock, or maybe just forgot, here is the rundown.
The Pac 10 added both Colorado and Utah and is now called the Pac 12.
Nebraska jumped ship and joined the Big Ten, and even though there are 12, they are still the Big Ten.
The Big 12 now has ten with the loss of Colorado and Nebraska and will not have a title game in 2011.
Boise State has made the move to the Mountain West, while BYU has gone Independent.
Now that we are caught up for the most part, let's talk about the importance of some of these moves.
The first one, and most important is the fact that there will be that extra game in both the Pac 12 and Big Ten. This could ultimately be a major storyline, especially if an unbeaten goes down in one of these games like Nebraska's 1996 team did to an un-ranked Texas team.
This extra game against a potent opponent on a neutral field adds to the suspense the already exists heading into that first weekend in December, and we can thank the conference jumps for that.