College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: Top Matchups Between AP Poll Teams
The AP Preseason Poll joined the Coaches Poll in ranking Oregon and LSU as the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the nation, respectively. The two will play in Dallas to open the season and it should be one of the best games in the season.
But it's only one of many intriguing matchups throughout the season between teams in the AP preseason top 25.
Here's our top 5 matchups this season past the opening weekend showdown between Oregon and LSU:
1. 9/17, Oklahoma (1) at Florida State (6)
An early test for two of the top ranked teams in the nation. If Oklahoma wins the Sooners will be cruising toward a national championship if they can use the momentum to get past Missouri (21) the following week.
2. 10/1, Nebraska (10) at Wisconsin (11)
Nebraska and Wisconsin are the preseason favorites to win the Big Ten this season, especially considering Ohio State is facing a long list of issues. Both teams should cruise through their September schedules, but the October 1 matchup will go a long way toward deciding who wins the conference.
3. 11/5, LSU (4) at Alabama (2)
Whether or not this matchup turns out to be the primetime showcase it promises to be depends on how well both teams do in their SEC schedules prior to this game. There's a good chance both teams could not only be in the hunt for the SEC championship, but also a birth in the national championship. The winner of this game could be the SEC's best shot at a sixth straight BCS championship.
4. 11/12, Stanford (7) at Oregon (3)
The two best squads out west have a very good shot of coming into this game as undefeated teams primed for championship contention. It has the makings to be a classic with Andrew Luck and LaMichael James battling it out for the Pac-12, the Heisman and a national championship birth.
5. 11/12, TCU (14) at Boise State (6)
Boise State and TCU were both ranked in the top five throughout the year in 2010 up until the Broncos shocking loss to Nevada on November 26. Had Boise not lost, one of the nation's top five teams would've missed out on a BCS Bowl birth. This year, Boise and TCU play each other and we're expecting both to be top 10 teams at the time.
|1||Oklahoma (Big 12)|
|5||Boise State (Mountain West)|
|6||Florida State (ACC)|
|8||Texas A&M (Big 12)|
|9||Oklahoma State (Big 12)|
|10||Nebraska (Big Ten)|
|11||Wisconsin (Big Ten)|
|12||South Carolina (SEC)|
|13||Virginia Tech (ACC)|
|14||TCU (Mountain West)|
|16||Notre Dame (Independent)|
|17||Michigan State (Big Ten)|
|18||Ohio State (Big Ten)|
|20||Mississippi State (SEC)|
|21||Missouri (Big 12)|
|24||West Virginia (Big East)|
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