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No. 47: South Florida

Lady Luck is a fickle mistress. She was on South Florida’s side early – very early, like the first drive of the season – when Kayvon Webster scooped up a Notre Dame fumble and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. She had the Bulls’ back early in the second quarter, leading Dayne Crist to throw an interception in the U.S.F. end zone; ballgame, Bulls. Then she wasn’t needed. Then she disappeared. It’s a funny thing: U.S.F. went from being the luckiest team in football to being the team most likely to lose a game decided by a touchdown or less – it’s funny, but not really. Only the Bulls could hold Connecticut to 16 points and lose. Rack up 507 yards of total offense and lose. Gain 228 more rushing yards than Rutgers and lose. Hold Miami (Fla.) to six points and lose. Completely rattle Geno Smith and lose. It’s about consistency: U.S.F. might get lucky sometimes, might be the most talented team in the league, might be the quickest, the strongest and the most athletic, but consistency – that’s always lacking.

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    No. 39: South Florida

    We have a problem. Lou Holtz has a son, Skip, who coaches at South Florida. Lou Holtz has undying love and affection for Notre Dame, which takes on Skip’s Bulls in the season opener. Lou Holtz is an analyst for a major television network, meaning he is paid to give his opinion on marquee college football games, of which South Florida-Notre Dame is one. So there’s the problem: Holtz will be asked to give his analysis, but his analysis is often tainted by his own personal allegiances. So who wins out when family – South Florida – takes on his beloved Fighting Irish? Well, it’s not such a big problem in the grand scheme of things. But now that U.S.F. continues to improve, what would Holtz do if the Bulls, Notre Dame and South Carolina ended the year undefeated? Not to mention N.C. State, Minnesota, Arkansas or William & Mary. That would be a problem.

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      The Countdown

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