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No. 108: UTEP

You’ve woken up, but 30 minutes before your alarm was set to go off. Awake, but not awake. You’re in a weird spot. Going back to sleep is an option, and an appealing one at that: another 30 minutes in the dark couldn’t hurt. So is waking up fully: the day has to begin at some point, so why not now, since your eyes are already open? One option that’s not on the table is standing somewhere in the middle, rolling around half-asleep, half-awake, while the minutes slowly tick down until the buzzer sounds. Either wake up entirely or go back to sleep, but you need to make a choice.

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    No. 104: UTEP

    In this new era of feel-good, everybody-gets-a-trophy bowl eligibility, it’s due to become more and more commonplace that a team like last season’s UTEP Miners squeeze into late December play. We don’t have to like it, but don’t blame UTEP: the Miners simply did what they had to do, win six games, namely, and thereby had the pleasure of a New Mexico Bowl date with B.Y.U. that ended in 52-24 infomercial for Jake Heaps and the fast-rising Cougars. So the six wins were terrible: New Mexico State, Memphis, New Mexico and Rice combined for eight wins and Arkansas-Pine Bluff went 5-6 in the SWAC, though that win over S.M.U. was good enough to write home about. Hey, all the bowl guidelines say is that a team must win at least six games, at least five of which come against the F.B.S. — the Miners got there, and there are 35 bowl games to fill. It’s not UTEP’s fault that the TicketCity Bowl wanted a seat at the table, you know.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.