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P.S.R. 1-124: Week 5 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, even if we’re now four weeks into the year. As promised, everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

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    No. 29: Rutgers

    It was only one test, but Kyle Flood got off to a good start. Flood’s job, once the interim tag was removed from his title — which came after Mario Cristobal’s deal fell through, and came only days before national signing day — was to wrap up the strongest recruiting hauls in school history. So far, so good. But to say that he was hired merely as a way to salvage this once-in-a-generation recruiting class misses the point; it also paints the university as ill-focused and myopic, and Rutgers is neither of those things. That Flood was the one coach able keep the class together was just one part of his appeal, albeit the most attractive aspect of his appeal in the short term. Rutgers looked beyond that fact, even if did weigh on its mind, to see a coach with a familiarity with the program, a solid reputation in the region and the sort of background that should ensure a smooth transition. So far, so good.

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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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        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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          Arkansas Is Still Dangerous to Most of SEC

          They won’t show it, but the rest of the SEC can’t help but be relieved by the prospect of Arkansas failing to reach its lofty expectations in 2012. Ten days ago, the Razorbacks were considered a national title favorite for a reason: the offense was the league’s best, the defense in line for a nice improvement under new coordinator Paul Haynes and, in Bobby Petrino, the program had one of only a handful of coaches in college football capable of striking absolute fear into the competition — outside of Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge, at least. The Razorbacks’ talent level hasn’t changed, but it’s hard to imagine this team making a B.C.S. run without the program’s prime architect in tow.

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            Temple Officially Slides in for West Virginia

            Just as the Big 12 waited to unveil its conference schedule until West Virginia’s transition was official, the Big East needed to get its own ducks — or Owls, I guess — in a row before releasing its full 2012 slate. Unsurprisingly, the Big East avoided any difficulties by simply inserting Temple into the Mountaineers’ slot; the Owls will take on what would have been West Virginia’s conference schedule. For Temple, that means three home games and four road games in the Big East’s seven-game conference schedule. Credit the league for keeping things simple, as while it might have been fun to get imaginative it made too much sense to just have the Owls replace the Mountaineers in name, slot and schedule.

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              For O’Brien, Looking Beyond Vanderbilt

              The door is still open for Danny O’Brien to transfer to Vanderbilt, but he’ll need to jump through a few hoops to make it happen. This process would lead with O’Brien taking his case to the N.C.A.A., such as several high-profile would-be transfers have done in the past. From there, he would need to convince the N.C.A.A. that Edsall is not working in good faith — that there is no viable reason for Maryland to prevent a former player from transferring to a school that plays in another conference and has no historical or regional rivalry with the Terrapins. It shouldn’t be that hard to prove: Edsall can cite every reason he’d like, but the N.C.A.A. should eventually see that his decision to limit O’Brien’s transfer choices holds as much water as the idea that Vanderbilt is circling Maryland’s wagons.

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                The Year in Review: Rutgers (9-4, 4-3)

                It’s only one test, but Kyle Flood’s off to a good start. Rutgers missed on quarterback Devin Fuller, a local product who opted for U.C.L.A., not the Scarlet Knights, at his announcement ceremony on the Sunday before national signing day. But Fuller’s decision came during the program’s interregnum between Greg Schiano’s departure and Flood’s promotion from within the staff; the Scarlet Knights had no head coach from Friday morning through Tuesday afternoon, though Flood was temporarily installed on an interim basis. Flood’s job, once the interim tag was removed from his title — which came after Mario Cristobal’s deal fell through — was to wrap up on the strongest recruiting classes in school history. So far, so good.

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                  The Countdown

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