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No. 62: Western Michigan

The magic number is 33. Since replacing Gary Darnell in 2005, Bill Cubit has lost only three games — a 60-57 loss to Ball State in 2005; a 39-38 loss to Akron in 2007, thanks to an epic special teams meltdown; and last year’s loss to Toledo — when scoring 33 or more points; overall, Western Michigan has gone 28-3 in such games. In all other games, in contrast, the Cubit-led Broncos are 19-36. Hence Cubit’s game of musical chairs at defensive coordinator: Western Michigan has been through five coordinators over the last seven years. Of the five, only Scott Shafer carried his weight — even if Bill Miller turned one season under Cubit into the coordinator job at Louisville. Steve Morrison lasted two years before ceding way to former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen, who likewise lasted two years, through last season, before being replaced by former safeties coach Rich Nagy. For Cubit’s sake, W.M.U. hopes that the fifth time is the charm.

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    No. 71: Western Michigan

    Western Michigan may be 0-4 all-time in bowl play, but the Broncos aren’t alone: MAC cohorts Ohio and Ball State are both 0-5, so it could be worse. For now, Bill Cubit and W.M.U. would be tickled to have the opportunity to match Ohio and Ball State for the most bowl appearances without a win on the F.B.S. level, as strange as that may sound. It’s been three years since the Broncos last posted a winning record; three of the last four years have ended with a non-winning mark, with last fall’s 6-6 finish representing a small step forward but still standing as a disappointment, what with the fine statistical improvement Western Michigan made on both sides of the ball. In one way, Cubit is a victim of his immediate success: he led W.M.U. to at least seven wins in three of his first four years but has been unable to maintain this streak over the two years since. His seat is getting a little toasty: a win over Central Michigan would go a long way towards alleviating some of that job-related pressure, by the way.

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      The Countdown

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