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For 13 Teams, Losing Culture Carries Over

Middle Tennessee State is in the same boat as 12 other programs in college football. The Blue Raiders, like the dozen others, enters 2012 on at least a five-game losing streak. How this team stumbled over the second half of last season raises some important questions about the program’s future under Rick Stockstill, whose career record at Middle Tennessee now falls under .500 after six years with the program. For nearly half of the 13 teams, last year’s sluggish finish has led to significant changes: six have since made a coaching change. Middle Tennessee opted to stand pat, but like every team that heads into the fall on at least a five-game losing streak, changes are afoot.

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    Zips Might Be Bad, But They’ll Be Fun

    Akron might end up being terrible. Akron might – there’s a small chance – shock the MAC and finish 4-4 in conference play, perhaps squeezing into a bowl bid with another two wins in September. The Zips should be bad, the Zips might be good, but one thing we know: the Zips are going to be fun. This team will be fun to watch operate, if only to see how Terry Bowden fares after a decade-plus away from major college football. That’s going to be fun. As will watching some parts of the old gang reunite, like Chuck Amato and Jeff Bowden, or watching a former F.C.S. backup battle for the starting role at quarterback.

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      No. 118: Akron

      Akron hired a Bowden to clean up the mess. No, not that Bowden. Bobby’s done: he’s hung up his whistle, though I’d wager he’d love to be back on the sidelines at Doak Campbell Stadium – it is Bobby Bowden Field at the Doak, after all. It’s the other Bowden. No, not that one. Tommy, who’s been out of coaching since he was fired at Clemson midway through the 2008 season, will surface sooner or later; I thought he should have been Tulane’s pick this offseason, but that’s neither here nor there. It’s the other Bowden. You know, Terry, formerly of Auburn, where his debut in 1993 remains the most inexplicable undefeated season in college football history. After winning 29 games over three years at North Alabama, Terry’s back in the F.B.S. – in the MAC, but still. Terry’s not Bobby, but he’s not Jeff, either. Though Jeff, Terry’s brother, is on his staff with the Zips.

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        230 Things to Occupy 230 Long Days

        There are 230 days until Aug. 30, when a few lucky teams jump ahead of the curve and start the 2012 season on a Thursday, not a Saturday. And for that, the teams in question — I know Utah is one — earn our love and affection. But that lies way, way in the future, and the question now becomes how we fill our college football-free days. For 230 days, here are 230 ideas. Not all are possible; some of us are pretty busy, and the next time I do 230 things over 230 days will be the first time, I must admit. But nonetheless, the list:

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          The Countdown

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