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Friday, August 17, 2012
Updated: August 21, 2:54 PM ET
What's hot (and not) for 2012

By Mark Schlabach

We'll start the countdown to a legitimate college football playoff when the 2012 season opens in a couple of weeks.

Of course, we'll have to wait two more seasons to see it.

But there's still plenty of intrigue heading into the upcoming season.

Is Florida State finally back? Is Texas? Is Florida? We know Southern California is back among the sport's elite programs.

Here's a closer look at what's hot and what's not in college football in 2012: