College Football 2011: Who are the Real Contenders and Pretenders in the Top 25?

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College Football 2011: Who are the Real Contenders and Pretenders in the Top 25?
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Summer is upon us, which means three things.

Temperatures are rising, kids are out of school and running amok and every college football publication and website is releasing their preseason top 25 lists.

Every season, these lists typically contain three roughly equal parts—spot on prognostications, omissions of worthy teams and lofty spots for teams that will prove unworthy once the whistle blows in September.

This season shall be no different.  

While the definition of what a contender is varies from team to team, it boils down to whether a team is worthy of its ranking and deliver on the field relative to those expectations.

With that in mind, it's time to go through this season's top 25 and sort them out by who is a real contender and who is merely a pretender.

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