AP Poll College Football 2011: Top 25 Team Comparison to Past Champions

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AP Poll College Football 2011: Top 25 Team Comparison to Past Champions
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The college football season draws ever nearer, and the Associated Press has now given us their annual preseason poll to debate.

As each team's fan base settles into the assigned positions to begin the new season, those ranked high in the preseason polls relish in the early glory and enter the season confident, as so many national champions of the past have.

Those who find their team's ranking less lofty begin 2011 bound and determined to prove to the world that the preseason poll is irrelevant, and plenty of previous trophy-hoisters have done so after beginning the season from outside the top 10, or even the top 20.

College football has seen well over 100 national champions crowned, and the BCS is approaching its fifteenth anniversary.  There have been champions that have gone wire to wire as the top team in the country, and there have been teams that have seemingly come from nowhere to win it all.

Let's take a look at each team, and how they can relate to champions of years gone by.

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