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Vote: No. 2 Auburn at No. 11 Alabama
1. Mark Ingram or Cam Newton for NFL?
2. Does Heisman hinge on result?
3. Is Auburn untested on the road?
4. Cam Newton or Bo Jackson?
5. Which team will win in Tuscaloosa?
Have your say on Auburn at Alabama

Vote: No. 4 Boise State at No. 19 Nevada
1. Kellen Moore or Colin Kaepernick?
2. Would this be Boise's best win?
3. Is Boise's defense underrated?
4. Rooting for or against Broncos?
5. Which team will win in Reno?
Have your say on Boise State at Nevada

Vote: No. 21 Arizona at No. 1 Oregon
1. Darron Thomas or Nick Foles?
2. Toughest hurdle for Oregon?
3. Bye week crucial for Arizona?
4. Lesson learned from Cal win?
5. Which team will win in Eugene?
Have your say on Arizona at Oregon

Vote: Michigan at No. 8 Ohio State
1. Must-win for Rich Rodriguez at Michigan?
2. Denard Robinson or Terrelle Pryor?
3. Has Ohio State's domination hurt rivalry?
4. Which program has richer history?
5. Which team will win in Columbus?
Have your say on Michigan at Ohio State

Vote: No. 13 Oklahoma at No. 9 Oklahoma State
1. Landry Jones or Brandon Weeden?
2. Which receiver has brighter NFL future?
3. How good is the Bedlam rivalry?
4. Barry Sanders or Adrian Peterson?
5. Which team will win in Stillwater?
Have your say on Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Vote: No. 5 LSU at No. 12 Arkansas
1. Ryan Mallett or Patrick Peterson for NFL?
2. Has Jordan Jefferson hit his stride?
3. Would you hire Les Miles or Bobby Petrino?
4. Can LSU still win the national title?
5. Which team will win in Fayetteville?
Have your say on LSU at Arkansas

Vote: No. 18 Texas A&M at Texas
1. Who has keyed the Texas A&M turnaround?
2. How much longer will Mack Brown coach?
3. Is Garrett Gilbert the answer in Austin?
4. Is no bowl just as good as a bad bowl?
5. Which team will win in Austin?
Have your say on Texas A&M at Texas

Vote: Florida at No. 22 Florida State
1. Which team will be better in 2011?
2. Was Florida overrated or is it underachieving?
3. Is Jimbo Fisher the right guy for Florida State?
4. Would Florida win the ACC?
5. Which team will win in Tallahassee?
Have your say on Florida at Florida State

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A lot of college football fans will tell you their two favorite teams are their team and whoever plays their rival that Saturday. But it sure feels like Boise State is gaining ground on the latter part of that equation.

There are a lot of things working in Boise State's favor as it builds a nationwide network of fans. The Broncos play at least five games on ESPN or ESPN2 this season, all on weekday nights when college football fans are craving something to tide them over until Saturday. And since it's safe to say the BCS isn't America's most popular institution, it only makes sense to support the team whose diverse playbook has helped poke holes in the system's flaws. Plus, let's be honest, who doesn't love them some blue turf?

So as long as they aren't playing your team, is Boise State America's team?

Brian (Greensboro)

Ivan, pretend that Boise State is any BCS conference this year...where do you rank them? Is it still third (AP), fifth (Coaches) or something else?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maiisel

I understand your point. But Boise State has won two Fiesta Bowls in the last four years. They have 20-plus starters returning from an undefeated team. I don't think anyone need apologize for ranking the Broncos high. And if they lose, we'll be wrong and we'll all move on. Full transcript

Jeremy (Corvallis)

How do you think Boise would do in the PAC-10? It's much easier to get up for 1 (max. 2) games per year, compared to having to show up every week (except against Wazzu).

Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller
Ted Miller

Hard to say: Boise is a good team, and it is particularly good at preparing for big games. But as you say, playing a quality foe just about every week is something the Broncos have not done. I do think this year's Boise State team would finish in the top-third of the Pac-10, perhaps even win the conference. Full transcript

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You thought we were done with conference reshuffling just because the regular season is right around the corner and fans are already staking out prime tailgating real estate? Think again. As Andy Katz reported yesterday, BYU is inching ever closer to ditching the Mountain West Conference in favor of football independence (and WAC dependence in the rest of its athletic offerings).

But is making a move to become the "Notre Dame of the West" really a wise plan? Do they only get NBC in Provo? As Brian Kelly starts his first season as coach of the Fighting Irish -- the fourth coach in 10 seasons at the school -- South Bend isn't exactly the center of the college football universe that perhaps it once was.

Meanwhile, even with Fresno State and Nevada coming aboard, SportsNation blogger laneguzman wonders if BYU's departure would lead TCU to make a move of its own.

Kevin (Provo)

What are BYU's chances of having another 10+ win season with their tough schedule?

College Football Nation blogger Andrea Adelson
Andrea Adelson

It's going to be tough. The schedule is absolutely brutal. Washington is going to be better; Air Force is going to be better; FSU is going to be better; Nevada is going to be better. That's just the first 4. There are high hopes at Utah St., too. And then BYU has to play at TCU and at Utah. This team is young and inexperienced without a QB at this point. So I think a 10-win season is going to be an absolute testament to Bronco Mendenhall if it happens. Full transcript

davidpimp03

This is ridiculous. Some needs to put a stop to all this madness. College Football was great because of the passion and tradition. Lets just call college football NFL JR. Greed is ruining this sport. Sad. If BYU leaves the MWC they will get whats coming to them.

-- davidpimp03
bodhisamaya

Ironically, the only thing that is saving the MWC from falling behind the Sunbelt and MAC to #11 is the addition of Boise St.(which it shunned too long). If BSU had stayed in the WAC...? Hawaii, BSU, Nevada and Fresno would definitely be better than what is left in the MWC now.

-- bodhisamaya

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College football is back, and we feel like kids in the stands at The Swamp.

Defending champ Florida is the favorite to win the BCS title again among fan bloggers on ESPN.com. They also pick Colt McCoy for the Heisman trophy.

To kick off the season, we've rounded up some of your predictions on the key games and issues. Each week we'll feature the best college football blogs and photos (thanks gatrstacked for our Gator fan picture this week) posted in the profiles.

Click through this week's posts below and enjoy the games.

Nevada Nevada at No. 23 Notre Dame: Does this ever really end? It seems every year we are left wondering how ND ended up with their absurdly high preseason ranking. ... Does anyone remember San Diego State last season? This is my upset special. -- pettyofficerkeller2

Virginia Tech No. 5 Alabama at No. 7 Virginia Tech: This will probably be the best game of the year other than the national championship. There is no more quarterback controversey, which means this is Tyrod Taylor's year to lead this team to an ACC title and a BCS bowl game. -- tjroundup

Oklahoma No. 20 BYU at No. 3 Oklahoma: BYU has hopes of crashing the BCS party. One way to make a statement would be to upset the nation's third-ranked team led by the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Still unsure of their offensive line starters, the Cougars face a monster test in OU's defense. -- Sportsguru6

Week 1: utesfan2 | cardon032 | Sportsguru6tjroundup | pettyofficerkeller2 | dfpsports
Bowl predictions: Chris72970 | Donovant22 | bsu415 | Slaton_20 | ndgunner22 | orionben666 | RamblinWreck | stupid546 | Urkalboy25 | tjroundup | mps88 | thebigvt757 | DaBeezfanofdayanks | Schnoppys 94
Heisman: ndgunner22 | Monkeyduck2008 | phillyfan0091 | earn88hardt | yourqueen2b

ACC: jlrceltics (Eagles) | craignolez (Seminoles)
Big East: BIGALHEREE (Orange) | rbhermo (Scarlet Knights)
Big 12: Ldavies1984 | Caunotaucarius (Sooners) | The Zou Crew 21 (Tigers)
Big Ten: earn88hardt | nunyabiz81 | andrew-stalnaker (Buckeyes) | CuckFyTheCyclone (Hawkeyes) | nunyabiz81 (Wolverines)
Other: Chris72970 | pigtailedtigerpiccolo | dirtydave998 (Irish) | ndgunner22 (Irish) | gosox342418 (Irish) | RylandFlynn | Clifton9589
Pac-10: Gollfprodude
SEC: J-Mel68 | little eddie58 | patrickjewing (Bulldogs)

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