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July 28, 2011
Fans like to say every game tells a story in college football, but some games will have a deeper back story in 2011.
Of course, conference games and rivalry games always carry more prestige and history than the average matchup. We recognize the Red River Rivalry and the Iron Bowl, among other heated rivalries, as having more than their fair share of story lines.
Today, though, we're highlighting some of the less obvious "story line" games, not including annual rivalry games and the blatantly obvious great non-conference matchups. These are not necessarily the best games of the season (though some will be important on a national scale), but these are games interesting for the back stories or the personalities involved in addition to the action on the field.
Conference realignment, NCAA investigations and player and coach background will add to the stories we'll see play out in the "story line" games of 2011. The games are listed chronologically.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.