College Football Predictions 2011: Champions of Each BCS Conference

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College Football Predictions 2011: Champions of Each BCS Conference
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Before we know it, the 2011 season will be bearing down on us with fresh news, scrambled lineups and a renewed determination for each team as it guns for a coveted BCS bowl game.

While the majority have only a fool's hope, the nation's elite are expected to at least make a run year after year.

But to be among that group, one must first go through the Gauntlet—otherwise known as the conference schedule.

Although some of the lucky ones can hardly call their schedules gauntlets, the fact remains: To make a BCS game, you are all but required to win the conference.  And in any of the Big Six conferences, doing so is almost never an easy task.

While a few BCS slots go to remarkable second-placers and unblemished non-AQ teams, a program's best bet to be invited is a conference championship under its belt.

As the 2011 season inches closer, only to rush upon us come August, we look at the AQ teams best equipped to reign conference champions.

Sources: Rivals.com, ESPN.com

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