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The Top Conference Games - No. 11 to 20
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Posted Mar 28, 2011


The 20 Big Questions Going Into 2011 - No. 16, The 50 Top Conference Games, Part 2 (No. 11 to 20)

2011 Spring Preview - No. 16

Top 50 Conference Games

(No. 11-20)

2011 Spring Preview
- No. 20 Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 1-10) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 11-20) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 21-30) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 31-40) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 41-50)  

- No. 19 - Is a smaller Big 12 better? 
- No. 18 - Who doesn't want to be Independent?  
- No. 17 - Should the SEC champ play in the BCS Champ?  

- No. 16 Top 50 Conference Games (No. 1-10) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 11-20) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 21-30) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 31-40) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 41-50)  

Schedules and Too-Early Spring Picks
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind | MAC   
Mountain West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC 

20. Miami at Florida State, Nov. 12

Miami vs. Florida State isn’t Miami vs. Florida State anymore, but it’ll be a key fight for recruits, bragging rights, and for two coaching staffs. Jimbo Fisher has done a remarkable job since taking over the reins from Bobby Bowden, but he can’t let Al Golden open the door at Miami. The Noles have a more important Atlantic game at Boston College to deal with the next week, while the Canes should be on a roll with Virginia and Duke the previous two weeks.

19. Auburn at LSU, Oct. 22

Auburn made its biggest statement of its national title season – even more so than the Bama win - by running all over the nasty LSU defensive front. This year it could be desperation time for the Tigers, the Auburn version, with at South Carolina, at Arkansas, and Florida in the previous three weeks. LSU has the talent and the schedule to win the national title, but it has to go into its off-week on a roll. With a trip to Alabama up next, a loss to Auburn could mean the end to any hopes of winning the West, much less anything bigger.

18. Missouri at Oklahoma, Sept. 24

Oklahoma was the No. 1 team in the BCS ranking, went to Columbia, and came away with a key loss. It didn’t matter all that much in the Big 12 race when all was said and done, but in the round-robin format this year, it’ll be one of the biggest games of the conference season with the Tigers looking to make a statement in the Big 12 opener. The problem is that OU doesn’t lose at home, but it’ll be coming off a huge national game at Florida State. The Sooners are 33-5 in the last 38 meetings since the last time the Tigers won in Norman; a 10-7 loss in 1966.

17. Alabama at Auburn, Nov. 26

The only reason this is so low is because Auburn might be struggling to just keep its head above water. With so many major players to replace, the Tigers are going to take a step back even with a slew of talented prospects waiting to step in. The problem is a brutal, BRUTAL schedule with Mississippi State, at Clemson, at South Carolina, at Arkansas, Florida, at LSU, and at Georgia all on the slate before the Iron Bowl. For Bama, a possible national title run has to go through a rough November with a trip to Mississippi State and the LSU game to get through. However, there’s a nice breather against Georgia Southern the week before facing the Tigers, while Auburn has a light scrimmage against Samford.

16. Arkansas at LSU, Nov. 25

The 31-23 Arkansas win over the Tigers qualifies as a blowout in the series with every game since 2004 decided by eight points or fewer. This year, LSU gets the game in Death Valley, and it should be relatively rested with Western Kentucky and Ole Miss in the previous two weeks. The Hogs will be battle-tested with South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi State at home before the regular season finale, but they only have one other truly nasty road game – at Alabama – before this. If this doesn’t decide the West title, it should have a say in the BCS at-large chase, like it did last year.

15. USC at Oregon, Nov. 19

Is this when the official transfer of power happens? The Ducks have won three of the last four years, and while this year’s matchup doesn’t mean quite as much considering it’s an interdivisional battle, it could signify that the balance of power is up north. Oregon will be coming off the North game of the year at Stanford, and it still has to face Oregon State, but make no mistake about it; this is the game that everyone will notice on a national scale. For the Trojans, and more specifically for Lane Kiffin, a big win in Autzen could mean that the storm has been weathered. There will be problems this year, and this isn’t the USC of past seasons, but it’s good enough to make a lot of noise even though there’s nothing, technically, to play for.

14. Florida at LSU, Oct. 8

South Carolina will be good, Alabama will be great, and Arkansas should be nasty, but it might be a shock if this isn’t a preview of the SEC championship. Florida can lose this, go on to finish 11-1, win the SEC title, and still be considered the best team in the nation and deserving of a spot in the BCS Championship. LSU, because the game is at home, might not get the same break, but it might be good enough to simply take care of business on its own. The Tigers play Kentucky the week before, while Florida will be coming off a huge game against Alabama.

13. Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 26

When all is said and done, this sort of doesn’t matter anymore considering the Big Ten big-wig dream is for the two to face off again a week later in the conference championship. Of course, this game always matters, and it could mean everything for Brady Hoke in his first season at the helm. Even if the season is a dud, everyone will see it as a rebuilding job to try to clean up the Rich Rodriguez mess until the the Sweater Vest and the Fast Five come to the Big House. Beat Ohio State, and for this year, the Michigan season is a success. For the Buckeyes, what should be a season of turmoil will be an outright disaster if they can’t pull off their seventh straight win in the rivalry. Again, though, no matter what happens, it could only be Part One.

12. Alabama at Florida, Oct. 1

Alabama pasted Florida last year after splitting wins in the 2008 and 2009 SEC Championships that turned out to be more like national title games. This might be the first of two games between the two, since each will be considered among the favorites to win their respective divisions, but the winner will make a huge statement in the national title chase. Florida can’t afford to lose the home game with trips to LSU and Alabama to follow, and with the Georgia game in Jacksonville, there isn’t a game in The Swamp for a month when Vanderbilt comes to town on November 5th. Bama has a West showdown against Arkansas before this.

11. Nebraska at Wisconsin, Oct. 1

You’d think these two would have played on a regular basis considering they’re not all that far apart, but this is the first time the two have met since the Badgers beat the Huskers 21-20 in 1974. Now the dream has come true for Nebraska alum and Wisconsin athletic director, Barry Alvarez, and the two Big Reds will face off. It’s an interdivisional game, but if Ohio State struggles in its suspension-filled year, and if the Huskers can dominate the Legends right away, this could be a preview of the inaugural Big Ten title game. It’s the conference opener for each team as Wisconsin gets a layup against South Dakota to prepare while Nebraska will go to Wyoming the week before.

2011 Spring Preview
- No. 20 Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 1-10) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 11-20) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 21-30) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 31-40) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 41-50)  

- No. 19 - Is a smaller Big 12 better? 
- No. 18 - Who doesn't want to be Independent?  
- No. 17 - Should the SEC champ play in the BCS Champ?  

- No. 16 Top 50 Conference Games (No. 1-10) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 11-20) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 21-30) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 31-40) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 41-50)  

Schedules and Too-Early Spring Picks
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind | MAC   
Mountain West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC