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Checking In, A Few Thoughts, Etc.

Hey, miss you guys. Just wanted to say hello, how’s it going, how’s everything, how’s your team doing, how’s your coach, how’s your quarterback, etc. It’s been a wild year so far, right? Alabama is what we thought it’d be. Not so much with L.S.U., however. But count me among those folks who think that the Tigers will be fine; from my vantage point, I think that L.S.U. is keeping a ton under wraps, and that come November, you’re going to see a few wrinkles appear with a national title berth on the line. Florida should scare Les Miles and pals, on the other hand – the Gators can play a little defense, it seems.

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    Pick 10, F.B.S. Notebook: Week 3 (Sept. 15)

    Do you remember the last time Notre Dame took a trip to East Lansing? You might not remember the game’s first 60 minutes and change, but that’s fine: things didn’t get wild until overtime, when Michigan State answered a Notre Dame field goal with the most audacious coaching decision of the 2010 season. Now you remember, right? Dan Conroy is lined up for the potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal; Aaron Bates, the punter and team captain, was the holder; tight end Charlie Gantt was lined up one spot inside from the edge to Conroy’s right. The call: “Little Giants.” The snap went to Bates, as expected – and then came the unexpected. You’ll see the rest of the play later tonight, when the Irish and Spartans meet in one of the day’s marquee games. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.

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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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                As Memphis Steps Up, Big East Steps Back

                Last October, Memphis athletic director told a local television station that “ultimately,” the university wanted a spot in the SEC. “We think we deserve to be” in the SEC, he said, drawing a national response of shrugged shoulders and muffled guffaws. This was when every major athletic program with a pulse was punch-drunk on expansion Kool-Aid; for Memphis in particular, this was the period after the SEC added Texas A&M and before it added Missouri, meaning the Tigers were angling for the conference’s 14th spot — or 15th, or 16th, should the SEC have continued expanding in perpetuity. Unfortunately, Memphis’ bait, a dangling worm of basketball prominence tinged with only a faint trace of a football program, was not nearly tasty enough to entice the biggest fish in the F.B.S. pool.

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                  The Countdown

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