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No. 39: Tulsa

Tulsa lost to Oklahoma. Lost to Oklahoma State. Lost to Boise State. Lost to Houston. Lost to B.Y.U. in bowl play. Five losses to teams that combined for – let’s do the math – 57 wins. Both Oklahoma and B.Y.U. went 10-3. Oklahoma State and Boise State went 12-1, both losing disappointing conference games in November; without those losses, one of the two would have met L.S.U. in the national title game. Houston went 13-1, coming within a win in the Conference USA championship of earning an automatic B.C.S. berth, if not its own date with the Tigers in New Orleans. Only one of Tulsa’s eight wins came by less 17 points. So, the question: Was Tulsa that good, or was Conference USA that bad? There’s no doubt that the league as a whole was weaker than in the past, even if Conference USA put forth a pair of national contenders; however, this shouldn’t detract too much from what the Golden Hurricane were able to achieve under Bill Blankenship, the former Todd Graham assistant who has ably steered T.U. through another coaching change without a hiccup.

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    No. 40: Tulsa

    One loyal reader asked that this preview be led with a picture of Eric Stoltz from the 1997 film “Keys to Tulsa,” so there you go.

    Tulsa has been so good since 2003 that the program has done the previously unthinkable: erased any taste of a generation-long nadir — 60-119 from 1987-2002 — from our collective consciousness. Believe me, this is no small feat. Those days, which we can define as the Henshaw-Rader-Henderson-Burns era, were dark indeed for the nation’s first program to notch five consecutive January bowl berths. So where is Tulsa today? Eight years later, a period we can call the Kragthorpe-Graham era, the Golden Hurricane are knocking at the door to a very exclusive club: Boise State’s in that room, as is T.C.U., for now. It’s the group of non-B.C.S. conference programs who can be uttered in the same sentence with the big boys, and Tulsa has a strong case for inclusion.

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      The Countdown

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