College Football Rankings 2011: Three Ranked Conference Matchups to Watch
Most teams will enter their conference schedules next Saturday, and with the freshly released rankings, there will be a flurry of matchups over which college football fans will salivate.
Here are three conference matchups to watch:
No. 14 Arkansas at No. 3 Alabama (SEC)
What a way to kick things off in the SEC.
The Razorbacks and the Tide have offenses that rank in the top 15 in the FBS, averaging better than 475 yards per game. Arkansas racks up yards through the air, picking up almost 360 yards per game. Alabama, as it typically does, pounds the rock on the turf, averaging just over 240 yards per game.
Nick Saban's defense, however, easily takes the cake on defense.
It will be the ultimate test for Bobby Petrino's Razorbacks in Tuscaloosa. A win on the road can vault them ahead as a favorite in the SEC West.
No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 8 Texas A&M (Big 12)
In what may be the Aggies' final season in the Big 12, they will be looking to make statement wins on a weekly basis.
Mike Sherman's team opens conference play against Oklahoma State's high-octane offense, which ranks second in the FBS with just over 600 yards per game. A&M is no slouch though, picking up 487.5 yards per game, good for 18th.
Both programs have questions on defense, although through two games against SMU and Idaho, the Aggies have allowed 267 yards per game.
Many expect a shootout in College Station, but no much defense.
No. 11 Florida State at No. 21 Clemson (ACC)
Talk about polarizing results.
Florida State will be coming off a disappointing loss to the top-ranked Sooners, and Clemson will be riding a high after its statement win over Auburn.
A slip-up for either team will send it reeling, so there is plenty at stake in this ACC opener.
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