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How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 4

As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four Independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:

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    Notre Dame to Leave Big East, Join A.C.C.

    Notre Dame will join the A.C.C. in all sports with the exception of football and hockey, the conference announced Wednesday. As first reported by Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the university’s arrangement with the A.C.C. differs from its previous affiliation with the Big East in one significant fashion: Notre Dame will play five non-conference games annually against A.C.C. competition. In a way, this slides the Irish into a role as the league’s 15th member – while certainly not a full-fledge football member, seeing that the program is not playing for any sort of conference hardware, Notre Dame’s relationship with the A.C.C. is far deeper, far more meaningful and far more significant than the university’s prior connection to the Big East.

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      How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 3

      As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four Independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:

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        How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 2

        As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:

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          No. 33: Louisiana Tech

          Boise State was gone, so somebody had to step into the void. Nevada was the preseason favorite, which made some sense, though not a tremendous amount. The Wolf Pack may have topped the Broncos in 2010, but last year’s team stepped to the plate with a fraction of the star power. If not Nevada, then Hawaii; the Warriors, winners of 10 games two seasons ago, were feeling the love. If not either of that pair, then Fresno State — if not now for the Bulldogs, then never. Louisiana Tech? The dark horse’s dark horse: the ignored, dismissed and overlooked conference champ. After filling a Boise-sized hole a season ago, the Bulldogs now turn their sites on yet another major accomplishment: like the Broncos before them, the Bulldogs want to go B.C.S. busting.

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            No. 67: Utah State

            From 1998-2010, a lifetime in this sport, there may not have been a worse program in college football: Utah State went 43-106 over this 13-year span, never winning more than five games and winning a combined 15 games from 2003-8. It was never, ever pretty; it was always ugly, or very, very often ugly. But Gary Andersen never lost faith, it seems, and after watching his teams make subtle progress from 2009-10 he led Utah State into bowl play last fall after a 14-year absence. Not that it was easy. And not that this past season didn’t have the fan base reaching for antacids: just as six losses came by a combined 26 points, Utah State’s total margin of victory over its five-game winning streak to end the regular season was only 19 points. It was never easy. But the road to perennial success is pocked with these sort of stumbles, often of the self-inflicted variety. The key is for the Aggies to take these life lessons and run with them, beginning in 2012 and moving beyond — from one conference, the WAC, to another, the Mountain West. The best news? Now that Andersen has tattooed a Utah State logo somewhere on his person, he’s not going anywhere. Right?

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              No. 76: San Jose State

              So this is exciting. Really, really exciting. San Jose State has a football team – well, the Spartans have always had a team, but this is a good team, one that should be very much in the mix for a bowl bid. That’s taken care of. The administration made an inspired hire in Mike MacIntyre, the former Duke assistant who has led S.J.S.U. on a steady uptick over the last 24 months. Good news. The university just hired a football-centric athletic director, Gene Bleymaier, who over 29 years at Boise State helped build the Broncos’ program into the national power it is today. Done, done and done. Thirdly, the Spartans were able to both extricate themselves from a sinking-ship WAC while landing a spot in the still-ticking Mountain West, ensuring the program’s future in these dangerous days of conference expansion. Team, coach, leader, conference. MacIntyre, Bleymaier, Mountain West. Done, done, done and done. This is an awesome time for San Jose State football.
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                No. 90: Hawaii

                Last year’s stint at Utah was a homecoming for Norm Chow, who started two seasons at offensive guard for the Utes in the 1960s, earning honorable mention all-American accolades as a senior. By its popular definition, the word homecoming means just that: Like any graduate, Chow stepped back on campus for a brief walk through his old stomping grounds – 43 years after his graduation, mind you. Taking the job at Hawaii wasn’t a homecoming; Chow’s just coming home. He was born in Honolulu, raised in nearby Palolo and attended Waialua High School and Punahou School. In his introductory press conference, Chow called his new team the  “Rainbow Warriors” – a nickname now used only by those distinctly familiar with the program’s history. Later, Chow would ask, “How many people are fortunate enough to go full circle? I’m blessed. I’m honored. I know that.” Homecoming is one thing; coming home is another. Chow’s home. Now, onto football.

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