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No. 43: Nevada

No team in college football suffered a commensurate drop in production at quarterback from 2010 to last season. And you knew it was coming: Nevada went from Colin Kaepernick – who remains wildly under-recognized – to unknowns, and the offense struggled at times as a result. But there’s good news, and it comes in form of program-best depth under center since 2007, when Kaepernick, a redshirt freshman, was backed up by Nick Graziano, then a sophomore. There’s such depth, in fact, that it came as no surprise when would-be sophomore Mason Magleby opted to transfer in January, before the Wolf Pack even stepped on the field for spring ball. That leaves Chris Ault and Nevada with only four pedigreed options: a returning starter, the most decorated quarterback to come out of Montana in generations, a promising former JUCO transfer and a true freshman purported to have the highest ceiling of them all. Seeing that the Pistol is predicated on quarterback play, Ault has to feel pretty secure about his program’s future on offense.

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    No. 120: Massachusetts

    Welcome to Amherst, Mass., once voted the nicest college town in America, and as of a year ago this Thursday, home of the newest member of the MAC. Yes, change is afoot: Kevin Morris is out, Charley Molnar is in; the C.A.A. is out, replaced by the MAC East. During non-conference play, the Minutemen will substitute teams like Central Connecticut State and Old Dominion for teams like Connecticut — the big school in the Nutmeg State — Indiana, Michigan and Vanderbilt. Isn’t simply moving up the F.B.S. hard enough? Before its bye week on Oct. 13, UMass will face a team from the Big East, two teams from the Big Ten and two reigning bowl teams from the MAC. UMass will play five home games all season. And about that: home games will be played at Gillette Stadium while the university refurbishes its own stadium. Welcome to the F.B.S., Minutemen.

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      Hawaii: Run-and-Shoot or Run-and-Run?

      Hawaii’s next coach will have it easier than Greg McMackin, who replaced a legend in June Jones and suffered from the inevitable comparison. Even if Jones did strike while the iron was hot, leaving for S.M.U. just as Hawaii was entering a bit of a rebuilding phase, McMackin’s four-year tenure can be described in one word: underwhelming. He posted only one winning season, a 10-win finish a season ago, and even if his teams never lost more than seven games in any given year the program’s brief malaise looks worse when held against Hawaii’s high-flying, run-and-shoot days under Jones’ direction.

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        The Countdown

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