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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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    No. 60: Navy

    Navy is a program that judges its success using three standards: Army, Air Force and bowl eligibility. The Midshipmen are relatively alone in this regard, as the vast majority of the F.B.S. uses more general and wide-ranging criteria – win eight games, for example, or finish above .500 in conference play or play in a January bowl, to name a few. This often plays in Navy’s favor, especially with an often stout schedule of B.C.S. conference opponents lowering the team’s overall won-loss record, but you can also see a drawback: when Navy falters in one or two of its three criteria for success, the year can quickly take a turn for the worse. Navy missed on two of its three guidelines last fall, losing by a single point against Air Force and missing out on the postseason thanks to five close-but-no-cigar defeats. This runs contrary to popular logic: Navy aims small, but when it misses, it misses big.

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      Army Needs a Healthy Steelman at QB

      Army has something Navy and Air Force don’t, and this fact alone might be the reason why the Cadets might make a surprise trip to the White House next spring. Unlike their rivals for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, the Cadets return their starting quarterback. And not just any starting quarterback: a three-year starting quarterback, that rarest of all rarities.

      Senior Trent Steelman has held the key’s Army running game — and, by extension, to the offense as a whole — since the first game of his freshman season, making him not only the most experienced quarterback among the three service academies but also one of the most experienced quarterbacks in all of college football.

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        No. 88 : Army

        As an Independent, Army has the ability to dictate its own schedule. To a degree: Army still needs to play Navy in December; the Cadets still need to fit Air Force into the schedule around the Falcons’ Mountain West slate; and Army would do what it took to get Notre Dame on the schedule, because Notre Dame is, well, Notre Dame. And as an institution, Army has the financial security to play anyone, anytime, anywhere – the Cadets were doing so long before Fresno State coined the phrase. Think about these two facts, that Army can dictate its own schedule and can largely pick and choose its opponents, and then consider this: the Cadets’ 2012 schedule has them playing 11 games over 11 weeks. Army could have played a game on Sept. 1 and then taken a week off. Had at least two games between Temple on Nov. 17 and Navy on Dec. 8. Instead: 11 games, 11 weeks. This won’t be easy.

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          Planning Ahead With a Smaller Bowl Slate

          The cart has been put seven months and six wins ahead of the horse. As announced on Wednesday, Army is set to participate in this year’s Military Bowl — that’s on Dec. 27 — if it can reach, you know, bowl eligibility. If the Cadets make it that far, they’d be pitted against a squad from the A.C.C., should that league feature enough bowl eligible teams. By the way, Army has participated in five bowl games in its history, and only one since 1997. At least the Armed Forces Bowl has a fall-back plan, I guess. Now, Army isn’t the only team that has locked itself in for a bowl bid before the games have even been played; as on in gridiron, Navy is already well ahead of the Cadets.

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            Mega Millions-Level National Title Odds

            As you may have heard, the odds of pulling the winning ticket in a Mega Millions jackpot is 175,000,000 to 1. You are far, far more likely to win a gold medal at this summer’s Olympics than you were of picking six correct numbers last Friday. Not that the odds stopped me from buying a $5 ticket at my local convenience store, or prevented another risk-taker – as I witnessed while waiting in line – from stepping up to the teller and plopping down five crisp $100 bills. Do you have any idea how long it takes to print out 500 lottery tickets? To put the Mega Million odds in football perspectives, let’s consider one scenario: What odds would you give Hawaii to win every game for the next decade?

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              Click to Help the Wounded Warrior Project

              The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is simple: to develop the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded veterans in America’s history, the foundation enlists the aid of the general public to meet the needs of our injured service members. A simple plan to achieve the most important of goals. Here’s a way you can help — click this link: CBSSports.com/HONOR. I don’t work for CBS, as you know, and this site is completely and utterly unaffiliated with anything — though I’m hoping a local bar or buffet steps forward with a sponsorship offer. But this is a nice, easy way to help the Wounded Warrior Project. All you need to do is watch a video; every time you do, CBS will make a donation to the foundation.

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                It’s Still O.K. to Cheer. You’re Allowed.

                You’ve resigned yourself to the following truths:

                Penn State will never be the same again; what we think of Penn State will never be the same again, more correctly.

                What happens from here on out takes a backseat to all that has come to light in Happy Valley.

                The 2011 season has taken on an entirely different feel.

                For a few of us, college football itself may never be the same again.

                For all of us, the search for distractions has never been more vital.

                I can tell you four things with certainty: one, it’s important to never forget what has happened at Penn State, those whose lives were changed and those who did nothing to stop the atrocities; two, I’m not sure you could forget if you tried; three, there are stories happening in college football worthy of your distraction; and four, and most importantly, it’s O.K. to cheer. You can be a fan again, even if Happy Valley remains first and foremost in your mind.

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                  The Countdown

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