College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Big Ten's 10 Most Important Showdowns

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College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Big Ten's 10 Most Important Showdowns
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As the start of the season inches closer at a frustratingly slow pace, the talk has turned from preparation to anticipation.

Team rosters are shaping up, depth charts are being formulated, and coaches are preparing for the opening of fall camp just a few short weeks from now. In the meantime, fans around the nation begin to look ahead to their team's schedule.

In the era of the BCS and expanding conference championship games, every conference game takes on new importance.

Here are the 10 most important showdowns for the 2011 season in the Big Ten.

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