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P.S.R. 1-124: Week 5 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, even if we’re now four weeks into the year. As promised, everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

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    Pick 10, F.B.S. Notebook: Week 2 (Sept. 8)

    Let’s not beat around the bush: this isn’t a great week. I mean, it’s great – better than what we’re used to, better than any non-football weekend – but it’s not great, all things considered. There’s no Michigan and Alabama to end the night; there’s no prime-time game on ABC at all, in fact. Instead, we’ll close our night with Nebraska and U.C.L.A., Georgia and Missouri and, later on, Arizona and Oklahoma State. Very, very intriguing games. But with perhaps the exception of Georgia, depending on how highly you think of the Bulldogs, these games don’t carry any title implications. That doesn’t make the games any less interesting – or change the fact that every game, especially while teams find their footing, carries some level of importance. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.

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      The Eagles Are Batting .333, Says Spaziani

      It was 14-0, 17-14, even 23-20 early in the third quarter, and then the bottom dropped out. Boston College had no answer for Miami running back Duke Johnson, a true freshman whose debut – 135 yards on 7 carries, 2 touchdowns – even had LeBron James raving: “Duke Johnson is the truth!” said James, on his Twitter account, adding that “#speedkills.” For the Eagles, the silver lining in an otherwise dismal season-opening defeat was the play of junior quarterback Chase Rettig, who completed 32 of 51 attempts for a career-high 441 yards; that total constituted nearly a quarter of his total passing yards from the 2011 season.

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        No. 77: Miami (Fla.)

        It’s a little-used word in the annals of Miami’s history: patience. It’s needed now, and now more than ever, as the program enters what should be a painful multiple-year turn – the process that started last fall, Al Golden’s first season, will continue unabated until this former power work its way through a minefield of off-field and roster issues. We’re about to enter a new era of Miami football, one seen only once before in the program’s modern history: true, full-on rebuilding. And yes, that takes… patience. How did Butch Davis lead Miami out of the woods in the mid-1990s? By bringing in the best talent in the country – most in his own backyard – and having the patience to watch them develop. Golden’s following a similar blueprint; his first full class, signed in February, was ranked by Rivals.com as the ninth-best in the country. The process is simple: bring in talent, let them develop and weather the storm. Does Miami have the patience for that?

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          Another Year, Another Hokie Defensive Back

          The year is 1998. In the fourth round of the year’s draft, Tampa Bay selects Virginia Tech center Todd Washington. Five picks later, also in the fourth round, Oakland takes offensive guard Gennaro DiNapoli, also of Virginia Tech. A pair of Hokies come off the board in the seventh round, both running backs, over back-to-back picks: Ken Oxendine — remember him? — and Marcus Parker. That was it for the Hokies: four players, all on offense, two linemen, two running backs. If you have a hard time keeping that draft class fresh in mind, you can always remember it as the last class in which at least one N.F.L. team didn’t draft a defensive back out of Virginia Tech.

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            Big 12 Quarterbacks and the N.F.L. Draft

               Here’s the theory floated by The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre: Pull back the throttle on the Robert Griffin III hype machine, because while he had a superb junior season, his numbers were inflated significantly by the poor brand of pass defense played in the Big 12. The same could be said of former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has rocketed up N.F.L. draft charts, as well as former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, wrote Jason. As evidence, he points to the fact that not one Big 12 team ranked in the top 30 nationally in pass defense.

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              The Countdown: 2011 List

              Hey, what’s this? You know the drill: I shudder at the thought of not having all of last season’s Countdown saved for posterity — all that work down the drain and so forth, but also because man can only learn from his mistakes, and as last summer’s work eventually illustrated, I’ve made a few. So consider this post both a place-saver for the 2011 Countdown and a refresher of how mistakes have been made and will most assuredly be made again. From here, I’ll link to this page at the bottom of the growing list of previews soon to accumulate along the right sidebar. How soon? Very, very soon. More on that later today.

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                Laugh, But Miami’s Search Isn’t Off Base

                You’ve seen the signs. Or the sign, rather: the one on Miami’s campus asking any interested student with the right measurements to apply for the Hurricanes’ walk-on program. More specifically, the Hurricanes are looking for a few good offensive linemen. Though yesterday’s post did stress the importance of finding a viable challenger at quarterback to Stephen Morris, the would-be starter, Miami’s issues along the offensive line is clearly a point of major concern for Al Golden and his staff, who were dinged by graduation and early entrants into the N.F.L. Draft after the end of last season.

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                  The Countdown

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