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No. 46: Baylor

Robert Griffin III is gone, off to Washington, where he has already won the hearts of the burgundy-and-gold clad faithful, to no one’s surprise. He’ll be seen again in Waco, but only in highlight montages — he has time… launches it into the end zone… touchdown! — and on the odd fall Saturday, should he be free of all N.F.L. obligations. All that’s left are records, plenty of records, along with a duplicate of the greatest individual award in amateur sports, as well as the sort of imprint that comes only with being the finest player in program history. That’s no hyperbole: There’s Griffin, followed by a solid gap, then there’s Mike Singletary, then there’s Don Trull, and then there’s everybody else. So how does Baylor recover from losing the most transcendent figure in program history, not to mention losing him one year ahead of schedule?

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    The Year in Review: Baylor (10-3, 6-3)

    Robert Griffin III is gone. He’ll be seen again in Waco, but only in highlight montages — he has time… launches it into the end zone… touchdown! — and on the odd fall Saturday, should he be free of all N.F.L. obligations. All that’s left are records, plenty of records, as well as the sort of imprint that comes only with being the finest player in program history. That’s no hyperbole: There’s Griffin, followed by a solid gap, then there’s Mike Singletary, then there’s Don Trull, and then there’s everybody else. So how does Baylor recover from losing the most transcendent figure in program history, not to mention losing him one year ahead of schedule?

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      How’s Your Team’s Succession Plan?

      Boise State did it better than most. Kellen Moore won’t soon be forgotten — most of all in Boise — but Chris Petersen began preparing for life post-Moore by playing his backup, sophomore Joe Southwick, in eight games: mostly in mop-up duty, though Southwick was used in certain packages when the final verdict remained in doubt. San Diego State did it worse than most. Redshirt freshman Ryan Dingwell, Ryan Lindley’s backup, attempted only one pass all season, in the season opener against Cal Poly, and didn’t take another snap until the win over New Mexico a month later. Then Dingwell went back to the shelf, along with the cobwebs and other little-used reserves.

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        The Countdown

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