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Pick 10, F.B.S. Notebook: Week 2 (Sept. 8)

Let’s not beat around the bush: this isn’t a great week. I mean, it’s great – better than what we’re used to, better than any non-football weekend – but it’s not great, all things considered. There’s no Michigan and Alabama to end the night; there’s no prime-time game on ABC at all, in fact. Instead, we’ll close our night with Nebraska and U.C.L.A., Georgia and Missouri and, later on, Arizona and Oklahoma State. Very, very intriguing games. But with perhaps the exception of Georgia, depending on how highly you think of the Bulldogs, these games don’t carry any title implications. That doesn’t make the games any less interesting – or change the fact that every game, especially while teams find their footing, carries some level of importance. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.

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    No. 63: Louisiana-Lafayette

    Louisiana-Lafayette is one of those programs: clinging to relevance by the thinnest of fingernails, the Ragin’ Cajuns hope to catch lightning in a bottle with each new coaching hire. Rickey Bustle wasn’t lightning in the bottle, more like a flimsy nightlight, but Mark Hudspeth — now this, perhaps more than any hire in recent F.B.S. memory, had an immediate, lightning-quick strike on the program’s fortunes. Among Hudspeth’s first-year feats? Nine wins, Louisiana’s most on the F.B.S. level and tied for the most in program history. Total points: 420. Never before had the Ragin’ Cajuns scored more than 397 points in a season. A bowl game, the program’s first. Six straight wins in September and October, which alone would have tied a program-high for wins in a season in any year from 1994-2010. Of course, such unforeseeable success comes with a price: If Hudspeth continues to win, how much longer can Louisiana hope to retain his services?

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      Say Hello to the New Guys

      Kevin Sumlin has two options under center, neither proven.

      It’s amazing what can change in a matter of mere days, as Houston can attest. Prior to Saturday, the Cougars had their sights set on a B.C.S. run, a perfect regular season and a conference title. Case Keenum, the record-setting quarterback, was eyeballing both the N.C.A.A. record book and a Heisman run. It’s now Tuesday, and both team and individual goals no longer exist. What’s next for Houston? A rebuilding job done on the fly, now that both Keenum and Cotton Turner, his backup, are done for the season. The keys to Houston’s high-powered offense now lie in the hands of two true freshmen, both of whom were destined for a redshirt campaign before the position was decimated by injuries.

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        The Countdown

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