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No. 22: T.C.U.

T.C.U. has won 47 games since 2008, the third-most in college football: Boise State has 50 wins, Alabama 48. T.C.U. has won 50 of its last 55 game overall, with losses to Oklahoma, Utah, Boise State, S.M.U. and Baylor joining wins over… I’m not writing out that list. T.C.U. ended its affiliation with the Mountain West with 24 straight league wins, the longest current conference winning streak in the F.B.S., and with three straight M.W.C. titles — the first team in the league’s history to have done so. T.C.U. has won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, matching the program’s previous tally of double-digit win seasons from its inception through 1997, the year before Gary Patterson’s arrival. Having hit the glass ceiling, having achieved all there is to achieve on the non-B.C.S. conference level, T.C.U. is about to hit the big time. The Horned Frogs are going from AAA to the majors, the Mountain West to the Big 12 — via the Big East — and it’s about time.

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    For 13 Teams, Losing Culture Carries Over

    Middle Tennessee State is in the same boat as 12 other programs in college football. The Blue Raiders, like the dozen others, enters 2012 on at least a five-game losing streak. How this team stumbled over the second half of last season raises some important questions about the program’s future under Rick Stockstill, whose career record at Middle Tennessee now falls under .500 after six years with the program. For nearly half of the 13 teams, last year’s sluggish finish has led to significant changes: six have since made a coaching change. Middle Tennessee opted to stand pat, but like every team that heads into the fall on at least a five-game losing streak, changes are afoot.

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      Who Steps Up for the Horned Frogs?

      Where does T.C.U. go from here? I’m speaking of the Horned Frogs as a football team, mind you, not the university as a whole, which will do a fair amount of soul-searching over the coming weeks and months. Here’s what the program has lost, boiled down to the pertinent facts: an all-American linebacker, a starting strong safety, an all-conference defensive tackle and a reserve offensive lineman. Just on paper, that’s a fairly devastating set of losses. Digging deeper, however, reveals four departures that will hamper the Horned Frogs immensely as the team prepares for life in the Big 12. That’s the offensively-potent Big 12, of course, which contained four of the nation’s most prolific scoring teams in the country a season ago.

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        T.C.U. Goes From B.C.S. to Poinsettia

        Barely miss out on a B.C.S. bowl? If you’re from a B.C.S. conference, your parachute drops you nicely in, say, the Cotton Bowl: disappointing, but there are worse places to be. Now, if you’re from a non-B.C.S. conference, the drop is significantly more precipitous. Take T.C.U., which finished two B.C.S. spots shy of an automatic B.C.S. bowl; 18th in the final standings, the Horned Frogs needed to finish at least 16th to reach a third straight B.C.S. bowl. But the slide from near-B.C.S. heights is steep if you’re in the Mountain West, for example, where T.C.U. recently closed its final non-B.C.S. regular season in style.

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          Watching T.C.U. for the Wrong Reason

          Heading into September, I thought the date with Air Force would cause T.C.U. the most trouble: the Horned Frogs are young, as last Friday proved, while the Falcons are as experienced — both in terms of age and experience in Troy Calhoun’s system — as any team in the Mountain West. And no, while I thought Baylor would give T.C.U. some trouble I did not the Bears could actually win the game, which they did in extremely dramatic fashion. Here was where I stood: at worst, T.C.U. would depart its two-game road trip to open 2011 at 1-1; at best, the Horned Frogs would be 2-0 in convincing fashion.

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            No. 45: Texas Tech

            New coach, same strengths. Texas Tech scored at least 400 points for the 10th consecutive season, scoring a tad less than in 2009 – scoring 33.1 points per game against 37.0 the year before – under Tommy Tuberville but remaining one of the best offensive teams in the Big 12. It was somewhat surprising, given Tuberville’s defensive background, to see the Red Raiders take such a significant slide back defensively: Tech allowed 402 points, a program-high since 2003 and the third-worst output in program history. As with Mike Leach before him, Tuberville has work cut out for him before he can lead Texas Tech into the Big 12 title mix; unlike Leach, however, Tuberville’s work must be done on the defensive side of the ball.

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              The Countdown

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