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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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    Overall, Not a Banner Weekend for F.B.S.

    Over the course of last year’s opening weekend, F.B.S. teams went a combined 36-2 against F.C.S. opponents. The two losses: Oregon State to Sacramento State (29-28) and Duke to Richmond (23-21). There were other close calls, including Washington’s flirtation with disaster against Eastern Washington, Iowa State’s near-loss experience to Northern Iowa and UTEP’s overtime victory against Stony Brook.

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      P.S.R. 1-124: Week 2 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, particularly with only one week in the books, so you may see one team ranked below a team it just beat — see Texas State and Houston, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

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        Clemson Carries the A.C.C. in Week One

        Until – and perhaps after – Clemson sealed a 26-19 win over Auburn with a late interception, the A.C.C. was the loser of the opening weekend. Was Clemson’s win a weekend-saver for the conference? I’m not quite sure. But it was absolutely a game-changing win for the Tigers; more on that below.

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          It’s Open Season on Penn State’s Roster

          It’s open season on Penn State’s roster. We’ve seen this before, in the early days of the sanctions assessed on U.S.C. three years ago and, if you can think back far enough, in the weeks following the penalties levied onto S.M.U. in 1987. There’s something different about this raid, however. One reason may be the fact that everything will be done in the open: Jim Delany, the Big Ten and the N.C.A.A. have essentially turned Penn State’s players into recruits, turning back the clock to those days when, as high school recruits, these same players were available to any school that would have their services.

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            No. 53: Pittsburgh

            Take a deep breath… Dave Wannstedt was fired on Dec. 7, 2010. Then-defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was his interim replacement through Jan. 8, 2011. Former Miami (Ohio) head coach Mike Haywood was hired as Wannstedt’s permanent replacement on Dec. 17, 2010, lasing in that spot until Jan. 2, 2011, when he was fired following his arrest on a domestic violence charge. On Jan. 11, Pittsburgh hired former Tulsa head coach Todd Graham. Twelve games and less than 12 months later, on Dec. 14, Graham jilted the Panthers for Arizona State – his “dream job,” of course. The Panthers were led through bowl play by interim head coach Keith Patterson. On Dec. 22, the program hired former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to be its fourth permanent head coach and sixth head coach overall in 380 days.

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              As a Whole, The Big East Scheduled Up

              As if getting only three Big East games at home wasn’t bad enough for Syracuse. At least the Orange aren’t alone in this regard: Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Connecticut also play four road games during Big East play.

              Where Syracuse stands alone against the rest of the Big East is in its 2012 non-conference schedule, which ranks among the most difficult for a B.C.S. conference program. The Orange face four fellow B.C.S. conference teams during non-conference play; worse yet, only one, Northwestern, comes to the Carrier Dome.

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                Clemson, Georgia Agree to Home-and-Home

                Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips just told members of the Media that Clemson and Georgia will play football in ’13 and ’14Fri Mar 30 20:57:27 via Twitter for iPhone

                The A.C.C. has already announced that it will move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2014, when Pittsburgh and Syracuse were originally pegged to join the league. That may change, however, if the Panthers and Orange are able to extricate themselves from the Big East one year ahead of schedule, as most expect. This leaves the league’s current members with a bit of a scheduling predicament: Active members of the A.C.C. have already planned on dropping one game off their non-conference slate beginning in 2014, but need to have preliminary plans in place for 2013 in case the two programs do make an early move over from the Big East.

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                  The Countdown

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