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No. 79: Wyoming

Wyoming’s five losses in 2011 came to teams that combined for 45 wins in the regular season, a group that includes two near-B.C.S. misses in Boise State and T.C.U. and a third B.C.S. bowl contender in Nebraska. The Cowboys’ six wins against F.B.S. competition, on the other hand, came against teams that combined for 26 wins in the regular season. Yes, Wyoming was 8-4: that’s 8-4 with three nothing-to-see-here wins — U.N.L.V., New Mexico and Colorado State — and two wins over F.C.S. competition, Texas State and Weber State. It wasn’t the prettiest eight-win regular season you’ll ever see, nor the most impressive. Up next: beating the bad teams, as all good teams do, but also hanging tight with the good teams, if not winning outright.

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    How Tippy Dye Changed College Football

    Tippy Dye changed college football. I’ll give you two reasons why, but let’s begin with a little background on Dye, who passed away on Wednesday at 97. He had an impact on college sports in three different incarnations: as a player, as a coach and as an administrator. Born in 1915 in Harrisonville, Oh., Dye was a two-sport star at Ohio State — basketball and football — from 1934-37. He took a brief foray into coaching after the end of his playing career, coaching at Brown and his alma mater from 1941-43, before serving in the Navy during World War II. Dye was actually a basketball coach: at Ohio State from 1946-50, winning 22 games in his final season, and at Washington from 1951-59, reaching the Final Four in 1953.

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      In Case of an “Unresolved Tie” in the M.W.C.

      A quick housecleaning tidbit. Last Friday’s breakdown of the Mountain West’s 2012 schedule included one still-unanswered question: What are the league’s procedures when it comes to a two-way tie atop the final conference standings among teams that don’t play in the regular season? The question was raised because the M.W.C. has 10 teams but will play an eight-game conference schedule. Therefore, a handful of would-be contenders — I cited Boise State and Air Force as one example — won’t meet during in conference play. So it’s possible, if fairly unlikely, that the final Mountain West standings could find the Broncos and Falcons, or Hawaii and Wyoming, tied for first at 8-0 in conference play.

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        For One Last Time, the M.W.C. Schedule

        It’s the end of the Mountain West as we know it, but not just yet. Come 2013, the league formerly known as the Mountain West and the league formerly known as Conference USA will merge, creating one awkwardly-named super conference. Super in size, at least. But the Mountain West will still exist in its current, non-Conference USA-affiliated form for this coming season, albeit with its own slight degree of awkwardness. Boise State and San Diego State will play out the string in the Mountain West before taking their wares to the Big East in 2013. A few of Boise’s former pals from the WAC will join the fold, but it’ll be a short-lived reunion.

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          The Year in Review: Wyoming (8-5, 5-2)

          Wyoming’s five losses came to teams that combined for 45 wins on the regular season, a group that includes two near-B.C.S. misses in Boise State and T.C.U. and a third B.C.S. bowl contender in Nebraska. The Cowboys’ six wins against F.B.S. competition, on the other hand, came against teams that combined for 26 wins on the regular season. Yes, Wyoming was 8-4: that’s 8-4 with three nothing-to-see-here wins — U.N.L.V., New Mexico and Colorado State — and two wins over F.C.S. competition, Texas State and Weber State.

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            New Mexico Bowl: Temple-Wyoming

            It’s the most wonderful time of the year — sing that part. For me, it’s not necessarily wonderful because it’s bowl season, but rather because the writing’s on the wall: every game counts, and not in the B.C.S. sense of the phrase but because of the fact that there are only 35 games left in the 2011 season. Once the final whistle blows between Alabama and L.S.U., that much-beloved rematch, we’ll be left with just days, weeks and months of… nothing. Dead air; silence; no football.

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              Bowl Awaits, As Does a Promising 2012

              Wyoming’s bounce-back season has already seen the Cowboys add five wins to its disappointing mark of a year ago, lifting the program into bowl play for the second time in three tries under former Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. That’s the good news — correction: that’s the best news. Wyoming hadn’t won at least seven games in two of three seasons since Joe Tiller and Dana Dimel combined for four straight such seasons from 1996-99, putting Christensen into some fairly noteworthy company. That’s good news as well, and it gets better.

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                Temple Settles Into a Successful Debut

                He was being assaulted by negativity from both sides. Florida’s fan base bid Steve Addazio adieu with a good riddance, happily ridding itself of the fall guy for the Gators’ offensive ineptitude in 2010. Temple had reason to be excited over Addazio, considering his strong B.C.S. conference background and ties in the Northeast, but the first-year coach — before he even coached a game — paled in comparison to his predecessor, Miami-bound Al Golden. One of the lone beacons of optimism was Addazio himself, who wasn’t going to allow any negativity to damper the excitement over a job nearly 20 years in the making.

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                  The Countdown

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