Preseason College Football Rankings 2011: Which Top 25 Teams Won't Go Bowling?

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Preseason College Football Rankings 2011: Which Top 25 Teams Won't Go Bowling?
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It's only August, and there is certainly a long way to go before bowl selections are announced. We're even a few weeks removed from the first week of games.

But now that fall camps are underway and the buildup to the 2011 college football season has reached a fever pitch, why not take a look down the road a bit?

Every year, the release of the Top 25 polls stirs conversation and controversy. Who belongs, who doesn't, who got screwed, who got fluffed—all topics and all valid questions.

But let's extend the conversation. Who doesn't belong to the point that they could fail to reach a bowl game in 2011?

We've selected 10 teams that may not be receiving a bowl bid come December and could spend the postseason watching football on television.

All of the teams listed in the preseason Top 25 have a legitimate shot at playing in a bowl game. After all, in this era of "everybody gets a ribbon," more teams make bowl games than don't in the FBS (120 teams, 70 bowl participants—or 58.3 percent—in the 35 FBS postseason bowls).

In short, don't bet the house that all of these teams will miss a bowl game. In fact, based on the aforementioned percentage of FBS teams that do make a bowl game, most of these teams probably will still be playing in December or January.

But there are cases to be made why each of these teams won't be bowl-bound.

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