It's been a little over five months since Cam Newton led Auburn to an improbable national championship win in a thrilling battle over Oregon.
That means two things.
First, the new season is slowly but surely approaching, bringing with it the joyous sounds of pads cracking, blowing whistles and fight songs.
And two, it's time to forecast who will face off in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2012 for the right to take the Tigers' crown.
As with every new season, hopes of BCS glory are running rampant across campuses across the nation—with varying degrees of plausibility.
Among that core group of legitimate championship contenders, let's examine the 10 biggest and most interesting potential championship game matchups for 2012. Whether it's a similar or contrasting style of play, the next chapter in a heated rivalry or a matchup rooted in history, these 10 games would all be sure-fire blockbusters.
As a special bonus, we'll also add another that includes two darkhorse teams that have the potential to take the college football world by storm, much in the way Auburn did last season.
Is your favorite matchup not listed? Post it in the comments and let the debate begin.