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No. 76: San Jose State

So this is exciting. Really, really exciting. San Jose State has a football team – well, the Spartans have always had a team, but this is a good team, one that should be very much in the mix for a bowl bid. That’s taken care of. The administration made an inspired hire in Mike MacIntyre, the former Duke assistant who has led S.J.S.U. on a steady uptick over the last 24 months. Good news. The university just hired a football-centric athletic director, Gene Bleymaier, who over 29 years at Boise State helped build the Broncos’ program into the national power it is today. Done, done and done. Thirdly, the Spartans were able to both extricate themselves from a sinking-ship WAC while landing a spot in the still-ticking Mountain West, ensuring the program’s future in these dangerous days of conference expansion. Team, coach, leader, conference. MacIntyre, Bleymaier, Mountain West. Done, done, done and done. This is an awesome time for San Jose State football.
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    See You Again, WAC, But Only in Reruns

    And then there were two. Before even playing a single game as a member of the conference — let alone a member of the F.B.S. — Texas State will leave the WAC for the Sun Belt in 2013, meaning that five of the seven teams currently in the WAC have found new conference affiliation effective after this coming season: Louisiana Tech and Texas-San Antonio are headed to Conference USA, Utah State and San Jose State to the Mountain West and the Bobcats to the Sun Belt. That leaves Idaho and New Mexico State facing an uncertain future, though these two programs have one thing over the WAC: Come 2013, each will still exist, albeit in a different fashion. As a football league, the WAC is dead.

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      Four More Jump Ship From the WAC

      The WAC has seven teams: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State and Utah State. Now, see if you can keep up. Despite being less than a year removed from its birth and four months away from its first game on the F.B.S. level, Texas-San Antonio will join Conference USA in 2013. San Jose State and Utah State are days away from being officially accepted as the newest members of the Mountain West. Louisiana Tech is also expected to land an invite into Conference USA. By mid-May, the WAC will be cut down from seven teams to three, though the four teams already scheduled to leave the conference won’t do so until the 2013 season.

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        Reviewing the WAC’s 2012 Dance Card

        It’s here. Finally. Are you excited? Weeks after the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and A.C.C. lifted the curtain and unveiled their league-wide schedules for the 2012 season, the WAC has joined the party. Some names will be familiar: Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Idaho and Utah State. Another, Texas State, is new to the WAC. A third, Texas-San Antonio, is not only new to the WAC but new to college football altogether: 2011 marked the Roadrunners’ first season of football on any level, so it’s been a quick move from nothing to the WAC — and please save your jokes about there being little difference between the current WAC and utter nothingness.

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          P.S.R. 1-120: Week 8 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, but with more than a month in the books, things are growing clearer.

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            The Ragin’ Cajuns; Non-B.C.S. Themes

            The Associated Press sends a reporter to every single F.B.S. game — or every game featuring at least one F.B.S. team — and God bless the venerable old institution for that. Alabama games get about 800 words, I’d imagine. Saturday’s game in Madison garnered 730 words of coverage, though it was likely more than that before editors for your local sports site chopped it down to size. The tale of Louisiana-Lafayette’s win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday was told in 150 words: five paragraphs, with 31 of the 150 words being proper nouns — Louisiana-Lafayette, or Brett Baer, or Blaine Gautier. What’s my point? I don’t have one. It’s just interesting, in my mind. And before I forget: the Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-1. Touching on Louisiana-Lafayette and other non-B.C.S. conference themes:

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              The Sun Belt and WAC Should Talk

              The Mountain West and Conference USA are still discussing a possible merger, though the two league may join forces without a few bold-faced names: Boise State could still go the Big 12, though the chance doesn’t seem great, and East Carolina has already applied for membership in the Big East. Houston is an option for the Big 12, as is Air Force; U.C.F. is an option for the Big East. There’s plenty that remains up in the air, both in terms of the financials of the deal and just what parties each conference will bring to the table. Not that we’re waiting with baited breath, what with the B.C.S conference chatter ringing in our ears, but the potential merger should lay out the particulars for a similar deal between another pair of non-B.C.S. conference leagues.

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                U.C.F. at B.Y.U.; Non-B.C.S. Themes

                It’s a big weekend for Conference USA. It’s a big week — big month — for Conference USA, in fact, what with the potential for a major merger with Mountain West clearly on the table for both parties. In terms of this coming weekend, the Conference USA slate will be highlighted by a Friday night date with U.C.F. and B.Y.U., with both teams looking for a win after disappointing losses a week ago. Who needs it more? You can see it from both sides: U.C.F. should be a bit chagrined after losing to Florida International last weekend, as that was an opportunity for the Knights to stem F.I.U.’s recent climb; B.Y.U. isn’t merely chagrined but humiliated after losing by 44 points at home to bitter rival Utah. Touching on the upcoming Conference USA schedule and other non-B.C.S. conference themes:

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                  The Countdown

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