Yeah, we know...the 2011 college football bowl season just began, but we still want to look ahead to 2012.

LSU and Alabama, who will be playing in this year's BCS title game, will be contenders for the 2012 crown as well.

USC and Oregon will be the teams to beat in the Pac-12, and the Trojans could be a crystal ball contender if quarterback Matt Barkley decides to stick around.

Ohio St. will be a team to watch, under the direction of Urban Meyer, who will take over in Columbus.

Oklahoma, Florida St., and Virginia Tech, will all be solid as well.

How about an early 2012 top-25 poll?


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Steven Lassan, of Athlon Sports, has one.