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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Updated: August 20, 4:53 PM ET
11th annual Herbie Awards

By Kirk Herbstreit

Editor's note: Check out "The Herbie Awards" airing on ESPN on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

With the season's kickoff just days away, it's time to step back and celebrate the players, coaches, color and pageantry of college football. Who are the names and faces you need to know? The 11th annual Herbie Awards presentation answers those questions and more.

This list tackles the top playmakers, the defensive difference-makers, the fresh faces on the scene and everything else that's great about college football. Herbies are given to the best college football players, coaches and teams across the nation.

Also, this is just my list. These are my choices, but not everyone will agree. That's the beauty of it. Let the second-guessing begin.

So, without further ado, here are the 11th annual Herbie Awards:

Kirk Herbstreit is an analyst on ESPN's "College GameDay."