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No. 82: Arizona State

Dennis Erickson had three jobs over a four-year span: Idaho in 1986, Washington State from 1987-88 and Miami (Fla.) in 1989. He once had three jobs over a six-year span: Miami in 1994 – leaving the program under an N.C.A.A. spotlight – the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98 and Oregon State in 1999. He returned to Idaho in 2006, led the Vandals to four wins and then left for Arizona State, his third job in the Pac-12 over the previous two decades. Mercenary? Disloyal? Like all subjective labels, it depends on where you stand. Todd Graham is on his fourth head coaching job in seven years. He’s had two one-and-done stints, at Rice in 2006 and Pittsburgh a year ago. He’s said the wrong things: “I probably should have never gone to Pittsburgh,” for example. He’s been ripped and shredded by the national press. Fine. Just know two things: one, that Graham isn’t the first head coach to hopscotch his way across the country; and two, that Arizona State couldn’t care less. And the sooner you realize that there are bigger issues plaguing college football than another head coach playing musical chairs the better.

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    No. 42: Arizona State

    It’s amazing what one win, a ton of returning starters and a little hype can do. For Arizona State, a season-ending win over Arizona, 18 returning starters and a little national love has the fan base dreaming really, really big — like Pac-12 title big, thanks to a pretty solid, experienced roster and a South division that seems ripe for the taking. There’s no doubt that the South is open to all comers, but beware: we’ve been down this road before. We’ve been here before with Arizona State, more specifically, but we’ve been here before with each summer’s under-the-radar national contender. We’ve seen Houston flop, Mississippi come up short, North Carolina fail to live up to expectations. We’ve seen the national media come together and rally around one dark horse only to see that team come up short. It’s happened before, and it will surely happen again. Is Arizona State that team in 2011?

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      The Countdown

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