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How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 4

As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four Independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:

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    Notre Dame to Leave Big East, Join A.C.C.

    Notre Dame will join the A.C.C. in all sports with the exception of football and hockey, the conference announced Wednesday. As first reported by Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the university’s arrangement with the A.C.C. differs from its previous affiliation with the Big East in one significant fashion: Notre Dame will play five non-conference games annually against A.C.C. competition. In a way, this slides the Irish into a role as the league’s 15th member – while certainly not a full-fledge football member, seeing that the program is not playing for any sort of conference hardware, Notre Dame’s relationship with the A.C.C. is far deeper, far more meaningful and far more significant than the university’s prior connection to the Big East.

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      How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 3

      As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four Independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:

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        The Eagles Are Batting .333, Says Spaziani

        It was 14-0, 17-14, even 23-20 early in the third quarter, and then the bottom dropped out. Boston College had no answer for Miami running back Duke Johnson, a true freshman whose debut – 135 yards on 7 carries, 2 touchdowns – even had LeBron James raving: “Duke Johnson is the truth!” said James, on his Twitter account, adding that “#speedkills.” For the Eagles, the silver lining in an otherwise dismal season-opening defeat was the play of junior quarterback Chase Rettig, who completed 32 of 51 attempts for a career-high 441 yards; that total constituted nearly a quarter of his total passing yards from the 2011 season.

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          How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 2

          As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:

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            Clemson Carries the A.C.C. in Week One

            Until – and perhaps after – Clemson sealed a 26-19 win over Auburn with a late interception, the A.C.C. was the loser of the opening weekend. Was Clemson’s win a weekend-saver for the conference? I’m not quite sure. But it was absolutely a game-changing win for the Tigers; more on that below.

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              No. 3: Florida State

              Miami is no longer a threat. Florida’s lack of offensive punch has left the Gators lagging behind. Nowadays, Florida State’s title quest runs through two A.C.C. opponents: Clemson in the Atlantic, Virginia Tech in the Coastal. For every team with title aspirations, the first step towards greatness comes during conference play; the Seminoles must first tackle the Tigers and Hokies before turning their sights towards the rest of college football’s landscape. But with this the year that F.S.U. puts it all together under Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles can begin readjusting their line of vision – the Seminoles can think bigger, beyond the boundaries of the A.C.C., and begin measuring themselves against the truly elite: Alabama, Oregon, L.S.U., U.S.C., Georgia, Oklahoma and the rest. How does F.S.U. measure up? The talent is there. The coaching is there. The confidence is there. The schedule is certainly there. What’s this team’s ceiling? Try Sun Life Stadium – on Jan. 7, 2013.

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                No. 15: Virginia Tech

                Win 10 games once and they’ll expect you to do it again; win 10 games every year and they’ll forget that you exist. Virginia Tech has reached 19 straight bowl games, the third-longest active streak in college football. Has won at least eight games in each of the last 14 years and at least 10 games in each of the last eight years, the longest such streaks in college football. Has finished in the top 20 of The A.P. Poll in seven of the last eight years and 11 of the last 13. Has won at least 10 games in each of the last eight years, in nine of the last 10 years, 11 of the last 13 years, 12 of the last 16 years. Has the most wins in college football since 1995 with 168, two more than Florida, four more than Boise State, five more than Ohio State. Has been the most dominant program in the A.C.C. since joining the league in 2004. You think that this program is going to win less than 10 games, fail to win the Coastal and fail to challenge for a B.C.S. bowl just because they lost a few starters? Please. You don’t know Virginia Tech.

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