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Interesting Phil Steele fact of the day: Temple returns all 22 starters from a team that went 4-8 last season.  Ohio State returns the most starters for a team from a major conference with 19. 

I’ll get right into it, today I give you the TOP 50 NON-CONFERENCE GAMES  for the 2008 college football season.  Afterwards, I analyze it all and tell you a VERY suprising thing.

Home team listed second, SEC Games in BOLD
1. Ohio St-USC (September 13th)
2. Auburn-West Virginia (October 23rd)
3. Illinois-Missouri (August 30th)
4. Georgia-Arizona St. (September 20th)
5. South Florida-Kansas (Septemeber 12th)
6. Alabama-Clemson (August 30th)
7. Virginia Tech-Nebraska (September 27th)
8. Tennessee-UCLA (Septemeber 1st)
9. West Virginia-Colorado (September 18th)
10. Appalachain St.-LSU (August 30th)
11. Cincinatti-Oklahoma (September 6th)
12. Miami (FL)-Florida (September 6th)
13. Wisconsin-Fresno St. (September 13th)
14. UCLA-BYU (September 13th)
15. Miami (FL)-Texas A&M (September 20th)
16. Michigan-Notre Dame (September 13th)
17. Oregon-Purdue (September 13th)
18. USC-Virginia (August 30th)
19. Utah-Michigan (August 30th)
20. South Carolina-Clemson (November 29th)
21. Arkansas-Texas (September 13th)
22. Florida St.-Colorado (September 27th)
23. Florida Atlantic-Texas (August 30th)
24. Florida-Florida St. (November 29th)
25. Kentucky-Louisville (August 31st)
26. Oklahoma-Washington (September 13th)
27. Boise St.-Oregon (September 20th)
28. Fresno St.-Rutgers (September 1st)
29. North Carolina-Rutgers (September 11th)
30. Iowa-Pittsburgh (September 20th)
31. Notre Dame-North Carolina (October 11th)
32. Georgia Tech-Goergia (November 29th)
33. Michigan St.-California (August 30th)
34. Hawaii-Florida (August 30th)
35. Oregon St.-Penn St. (September 6th)
36. Mississippi St.-Georgia Tech (September 20th)
37. South Florida-NC State (September 27th)
38. Notre Dame-Michigan St. (September 20th)
39. BYU-Washington (September 6th)
40. Army-Navy (December 6th)
41. Washington St.-Oklahoma St. (August 30th)
42. Penn St.-Syracuse (September 13th)
43. NC State-South Carolina (August 28th)
44. Purdue-Notre Dame (September 27th)
45. California-Maryland (September 13th)
46. Oregon St.-Utah (October 2nd)
47. UCONN-North Carolina (October 4th)
48. Hawaii-Oregon St. (September 13th)
49. Tulsa-Arkansas (November 1st)
50. Memphis-Mississippi (August 30th)

Here is the conference breakdown of # of games included

SEC: 16 (7 road games)

ACC: 16 (7 road games)

PAC-10: 15 (6 road games)

Big 10: 12 (7 road games)

Big East: 11 (5 road games)

Big 12: 11 (1 road game)

Thats right, the Big 12 only plays ONE important non-conference game on the road this season while the SEC plays 7.  So it brings me to this point: when non-conference play ends at the end of September or so, the “experts” out there will proclaim “The Big 12 is the best conference in America” as they will probably have alot of good wins.  Add that to the fact that the conference brings back its top 8 QB’s from last season, and it might appear the SEC’s reign at the top is over.  Just remember I said it now, an SEC team will make the national title game again this season.  And a Big 12 team wont.   

Article written by Bryan the Intern