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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. 47: South Florida

    Lady Luck is a fickle mistress. She was on South Florida’s side early – very early, like the first drive of the season – when Kayvon Webster scooped up a Notre Dame fumble and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. She had the Bulls’ back early in the second quarter, leading Dayne Crist to throw an interception in the U.S.F. end zone; ballgame, Bulls. Then she wasn’t needed. Then she disappeared. It’s a funny thing: U.S.F. went from being the luckiest team in football to being the team most likely to lose a game decided by a touchdown or less – it’s funny, but not really. Only the Bulls could hold Connecticut to 16 points and lose. Rack up 507 yards of total offense and lose. Gain 228 more rushing yards than Rutgers and lose. Hold Miami (Fla.) to six points and lose. Completely rattle Geno Smith and lose. It’s about consistency: U.S.F. might get lucky sometimes, might be the most talented team in the league, might be the quickest, the strongest and the most athletic, but consistency – that’s always lacking.

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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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        Mega Millions-Level National Title Odds

        As you may have heard, the odds of pulling the winning ticket in a Mega Millions jackpot is 175,000,000 to 1. You are far, far more likely to win a gold medal at this summer’s Olympics than you were of picking six correct numbers last Friday. Not that the odds stopped me from buying a $5 ticket at my local convenience store, or prevented another risk-taker – as I witnessed while waiting in line – from stepping up to the teller and plopping down five crisp $100 bills. Do you have any idea how long it takes to print out 500 lottery tickets? To put the Mega Million odds in football perspectives, let’s consider one scenario: What odds would you give Hawaii to win every game for the next decade?

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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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              Ten Themes for Saturday: Week 14

              Ten teams, themes, games and players to watch for Saturday. Pretty straightforward. Here we go:

              Making a case for Houston During last week’s game between Arkansas and L.S.U., CBS Sports announcer Gary Danielson stated that if L.S.U. loses in the B.C.S. title game, the Tigers should still be named the national champion in The Associated Press poll. Danielson’s logic was simple: L.S.U. would have one loss and Alabama one loss, and each split the year’s two-game series. With a win, Alabama would be the B.C.S. national champion. L.S.U. would get the top spot in the A.P. poll as a sort of reward for a perfect regular season.

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                As if Picking the Teams Isn’t Hard Enough

                I’ve never tried my hand at projecting the entire F.B.S. bowl slate; I have enough trouble with the five B.C.S. games, in my mind. But it’s worth a shot for one week, even if I mess up the various tie-ins, conference affiliations and so forth. Not to mention choose teams that end up staying home during bowl play. Well, here goes. Remember: those numbers signifying which team slots where in its conference are very arbitrary — to a point. The No. 7 team isn’t vaulting the No. 3 team, but No. 6 could be No. 4, No. 5 could be No. 7 and so on. And not every conference can meet its allotted bowl tie-ins; in that case, a substitute team is selected.

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                  The Countdown

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