College Football 2011: Ranking the 25 Best Non-Conference Clashes

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College Football 2011: Ranking the 25 Best Non-Conference Clashes
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College football is an odd creature.

The game is almost completely focused on conference schedules, and nowhere is the debate about conference supremacy more heated than in college football.

There are so few non-conference games for each team each year that it's really difficult to judge one conference versus another with any certainty.

It also doesn't help matters when teams like Alabama choose to go the route of scheduling Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Kent State or North Texas, rather than taking the opportunity to test themselves (and the "SEC is Better than You" theory) by scheduling a team like Oklahoma State, Boise State or Virginia Tech.

Alabama certainly isn't the only culprit, and the other conferences are buying into the SEC model of scheduling non-conference games against the creampuffs of the college football world.

But there are some programs that are involved in some great non-con games in 2011, and they should be receiving praise for their boldness and courage.

After all, when you're a top-five team and you're hoping to make a run at the BCS Championship, it takes big brass ones to play another top team rather than scheduling an FCS opponent.

So here is my power ranking list for the top 25 non-conference clashes coming in 2011.

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