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2011 College Football: Game Previews For Top Week 1 Matchups

First Posted: 09/01/11 09:49 PM ET   Updated: 11/01/11 06:12 AM ET

If you hear a light rumbling between Tallahassee and Eugene, don't be alarmed, it's just months worth of excitement for the 2011 college football season building up to a crescendo.

The first week of college football season is generally chockfull of mismatches as many top teams aim to pad their records before entering conference play. But there are always a few gems hidden in the mass of 25-point spreads, and this weekend is no different.

The top contests include LSU facing off against Oregon, in what has the potential to be one of the best out of conference match-ups in recent memory, and Boise State attempting to avenge a 2005 demolition in Athens against Georgia.

Read on for a brief preview of the top games of the weekend and add the overlooked games that you're looking forward to most in the comments section.

#14 TCU at Baylor
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The Baylor Bears have probably been licking their chops for another shot at TCU, who defeated them handily in Fort Worth last season, 45-10. Baylor returns dark horse Heisman candidate Robert Griffin III, who is looking to help the Bears build on last year's 6-7 record -- which was Baylor's best showing in football in many, many years.

Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs are coming off of one of the biggest wins in program history -- an upset of Wisconsin in last year's Rose Bowl. Return a combined seven starters one both sides of the ball, TCU may struggle to match their 2010 performance.
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