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Big nonconference games vanishing

Where have all the big-time intersectional games gone?

Originally Published: June 8, 2009
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

For two seasons now, Alabama has been the savior of Labor Day weekend college football. While the vast majority of FBS schools seek out season-opening chumps, the Crimson Tide have dared to play somebody.

Last year Bama played a neutral-field game in Atlanta against Clemson to start the season. This year it will face Virginia Tech, also in Atlanta.

Taking on ranked nonconference teams right away? That qualifies as a profile in courage these days. But compare it to 30 years ago, ...

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