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No. 57: Toledo

It was now or never for Toledo under Tim Beckman, though we only had a sneaking suspicion at the time. But the signs were there, even as early as last season’s opening month. On Sept. 10, Beckman led the Rockets into Columbus to take on Ohio State, which was in the market for a new head coach, and came within 20 yards of notching a historic upset. There’s no better way to make an impression than to take your ragamuffin bunch into a national power’s house and win, and even if the Rockets came close but failed, Beckman’s stock took a significant jump. From that time forward — as long as Toledo reached its massive potential — the program was merely counting down the days until it entered a coaching search of its own. That day came on Dec. 9, when Illinois tabbed Beckman to reverse its fortunes as Ron Zook’s successor. From there, Toledo was left with two choices: continuity or change. Wisely, the Rockets went with more of the same.

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    No. 64: Illinois

    Illinois is only good at football when it has a Butkus. Any Butkus will do, whether Dick, Mark or Luke, but this is important: Illinois must have a Butkus. Illinois went 16-11-1 from 1962-64, when Dick was wreaking havoc at linebacker. Thanks in part to Mark’s all-American play at defensive tackle, the Illini went 27-18-1 from 1980-83. Luke, an all-Big Ten center, helped Illinois go 26-20 from 1998-2001. Illinois has won three outright Big Ten titles in six decades: 1963, 1983 and 2001. Dick, Mark and Luke. Combined, the family Butkus holds a career record of 69-49-2 when lined up for the Illini, winning games at 58.5 percent clip. Without a Butkus in uniform, Illinois is 511-485-48 — a winning percentage of 51.3 percent. In summation: For Illinois, it’s either Butkus or bubkes.

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      Ranking the Big Ten’s Class of Quarterbacks

      Another Wisconsin-themed hypothetical question: Where would you have ranked the Badgers’ quarterbacks against the rest of the Big Ten if Danny O’Brien had instead opted for, say, Penn State? If Wisconsin had gone into 2012 with options like Joe Brennan and Jon Budmayr, it would have joined Michigan State as the only two teams in the conference to not return a quarterback with at least one career start under his belt. So consider the toppling dominoes: O’Brien should start, which should push Brennan into a more fitting role as his backup, which will allow Budmayr to heal and former walk-on Joel Stave to develop.

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        The Year in Review: Illinois (7-6, 2-6)

        Illinois is only good at football when it has a Butkus. Any Butkus will do, whether Dick, Mark or Luke, but this is important: Illinois must have a Butkus. Illinois went 16-11-1 from 1962-64, when Dick was wreaking havoc at linebacker. Thanks in part to Mark’s all-American play at defensive tackle, the Illini went 27-18-1 from 1980-83. Luke, an all-Big Ten center, helped Illinois go 26-20 from 1998-2001. Illinois has won three outright Big Ten titles in six decades: 1963, 1983 and 2001. Dick, Mark and Luke. Combined, the family Butkus holds a career record of 69-49-2, winning games at 58.5 percent clip. Without a Butkus, Illinois is 511-48-48 — a winning percentage of 51.3 percent. In summation: For Illinois, it’s either Butkus or bubkes.

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          Did Illinois “Work Hard Enough” in Search?

          Nearly everyone admired Illinois’ decision to hire Tim Beckman away from Toledo, even if some of the positive vibes stemmed from the fact that Beckman was not, in fact, Ron Zook. But the university liked his pedigree, from his time as a defensive coordinator to his successful three-year run as the head coach with the Rockets, and the general consensus was that Illinois could have done much, much worse. Perhaps the Illini could have done better; Beckman’s track record is nice, but he couldn’t win his own division with the Rockets, let alone the MAC as a whole. But again: Illinois could have done much, much worse.

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            Toledo Takes a Chance on Matt Campbell

            It was now or never, even if we didn’t know it at the time. But the signs were there, even as early as September. On Sept. 10, Tim Beckman led Toledo into Columbus to take on Ohio State, which was in the market for a new head coach, and came within 20 yards of notching a historic upset. There’s no better way to make an impression than to take your ragamuffin bunch into a national power’s house and win, and even if the Rockets came close but failed, Beckman’s Q rating took a significant jump. From that time forward — as long as Toledo reached its massive potential — the program was merely counting down the days until it entered a coaching search of its own.

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              Redemption Left the Building Early

              It was a time for redemption. Losses like Toledo’s 65-30 setback at Northern Illinois last November — a game also played on a Tuesday night — can push a program and team in two directions: for a weaker, leader-free team, it can be the ultimate deterrent to future success; for a strong, confident team, such a loss can be the ultimate motivator. This was doubly true in specific for Mike Ward’s defense, which was humbled by Northern Illinois’ fierce running game a year ago: now, more than ever, the Rockets were in line for redemption.

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                Toledo, Boise State and a Huge Spread

                Boise State’s favored by three touchdowns, give or take, so the widely-held belief is that this won’t be a roadblock for the Broncos, nor much of a test. Boise will do what Boise always does: score early, score late, play stifling defense and leave, after 60 minutes, with a 30-point win. And that’s why Boise’s the team with something to lose tonight, not Toledo — the Rockets could always use this win, but the pressure is on the Broncos to deliver, not for Toledo to follow up a narrow loss in Columbus with the program’s biggest win in decades, if not of all time. Then again, Toledo’s not simply going to roll over and take another 57-13 beating, the result when these two met a year ago.

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                  The Countdown

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