Every Team's Holiday Gift ... ACC to Ind.
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Posted Dec 25, 2010

Merry Christmas. It's time for the annual holiday gift for all 120 teams, starting with the ACC to the Independents. From Nebraska getting a healthy Taylor Martinez, to Ohio State getting back its suspended stars for another year, to Houston getting a sixth year of eligibility for Case Keenum, here's what CFN has put under every team's tree.

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- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  
- Dec. 25 - CFN Holiday Wish List - Part 2. MAC to the WAC

The 7th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah gift for all 120 teams this holiday season. To each ACC team ...

ACC Atlantic
Boston College - More linebackers where Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich came from.
Clemson - Another C.J. Spiller and a quarterback who can consistently push the ball down the field.
Florida State - A healthy quarterback for an entire year, and more from Jimbo Fisher like the first campaign.
Maryland - That Mike Leach, who's also under the tree, can actually win a title and get to a BCS game ... like Ralph Friedgen did.
NC State - An offensive line worthy of a Tom O'Brien-coached team.
Wake Forest - The 2006 highlight film

ACC Coastal
Duke - A defense that can stop giving up big plays faster than the offense can create them.
Georgia Tech - A pass rush for the defense, and more than 59 completed passes for the offense.
Miami - Al Golden to put a fence around the "State of Miami," like Howard Schnellenberger did, to create the aura like Jimmy Johnson did, to foster the swagger like Dennis Erickson did, to rebuild like Butch Davis did, to win a national title, like Larry Coker did, and make the program respectable off the field and in the classroom like Randy Shannon did.
North Carolina - More players worthy of being taken in the top 100 picks of the NFL draft, and fewer agents who'll target them.
Virginia - A defensive line that can keep from getting steamrolled over.
Virginia Tech - To have back 2nd and 10 on its own 13 with 1:09 to play and an attempt to care against James Madison.
- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  

The 7th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah gift for all 120 teams this holiday season. To each Big 12 team ...

Big 12 North
Colorado - That John Embree can be another Bill McCartney or even a Gary Barnett. But without all the weird stuff on the side.
Iowa State - That Paul Rhoads can be Gene Chizik before leaving to become another Gene Chizik.
Kansas - An entire season of offense like the fourth quarter against Colorado.
Kansas State - A consistent offensive identity, and some semblance of a passing game.
Missouri - The speedy graduation of Roy Helu, Jr.
Nebraska - Healthy ankles for Taylor Martinez, and as much success in the first six years in Big Ten play as there was in the first six years in the Big 12.

Big 12 South

Baylor - A defense that can come up with enough stops so Robert Griffin and company don't have to hang 40 on the board every time out.
Oklahoma - To go unbeaten for one year outside of the state of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State - A filthy rich sugar daddy who can bring anything the football program's heart desires and ... oh yeah. Maybe another Dana Holgorsen would be nice.
Texas - An offensive coordinator who knows how to mold a pro-style quarterback, and for the program to realize that it's freakin' Texas and should have first-round talent on the offensive line all across the two deep.
Texas A&M - For the Ryan Tannehill experience to not be a mirage.
Texas Tech - More offensive pop. Yeah, really.
- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  

Big East

The 7th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah gift for all 120 teams this holiday season. To each Big East team ... Cincinnati - The Central Michigan version of Butch Jones.
Connecticut - Five minutes without someone using the UConn football program as a reason why the Big East shouldn't get an automatic BCS invite.
Louisville - Nothing. The program got its gift when Florida hired Will Muschamp and didn't take a longer look at ol' Chuck Strong.
Pitt - That Pitt didn't fire Dave Wannstedt to hire Mike Haywood just because of the MAC Championship win over Northern Illinois.
Rutgers - A miracle for Eric LeGrand.
South Florida - That Skip Holtz starts to become as good as his dad was.
Syracuse - A home win in Big East play.
West Virginia - That Dana Holgorsen can do for an entire team what he'll do for the Mountaineer offense.
- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  

Big Ten

The 7th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah gift for all 120 teams this holiday season. To each Big Ten team ...
Illinois - One more mystifyingly big recruiting Ron Zook recruiting class to stock the shelves for the next head coach.
Indiana - Players with at least half of Oklahoma's talent for Kevin Wilson to work with.
Iowa - A running back that isn't flaky, hurt, strange, or so good that he bolts early for the NFL.
Michigan - A defense that's 71% as good as its offense ... and for the next head coach to have a better taste in music.
Michigan State - For 11-1 to be good enough to play in a BCS game some day soon.
Minnesota - A running game under Jerry Kill like he created at Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois.
Northwestern - A miraculously fast healing time for Dan Persa's Achilles' heel.
Ohio State - That seven college games plus a bowl are enough to keep Pryor, Herron, Posey, and Adams from realizing that getting paid by an NFL team to play football makes more sense than needing to sell your pants and rings for pizza money.
Penn State - At least another five years of success under Joe Paterno like the program enjoyed over the last five years.
Purdue - A No. 1, starting-caliber skill position player who can last the entire season.
Wisconsin - That 2010 marks the moment when the program takes the next step and goes from being very good to a superpower.
- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  

The 7th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah gift for all 120 teams this holiday season. To each Conference USA team ...

Conference USA East  
UAB - More wins in close games after losing five by five points or fewer.
UCF - A call from the Big East as it realizes the potential of a natural rivalry with USF along with the fun of bringing in the Orlando market.
East Carolina - A defensive stop. Just one. Someday.
Marshall - A rushing touchdown and more big plays from the defensive front.
Memphis - A three touchdown game or more than 20 points, whichever comes first.
Southern Miss - 12 more points (The Golden Eagles lost to East Carolina, UAB, Tulsa, and Louisville by a total of 11 points.)

Conference USA West 
Houston - A sixth year of eligibility for Case Keenum.
Rice -  A third down stop.
SMU - For QB Kyle Padron to take the next step forward under June Jones
Tulane - A run defense that can keep the team in more games.
Tulsa - Just a little more from a defense that'll only have to keep opponents under 40 points to win most games.
UTEP - A second half of a season like the first half of 2010.
- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  


The 7th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah gift for all 120 teams this holiday season. To each Independent team ...
Army - A passing game to make the Rich Ellerson offense work like it's supposed to.
Navy - For the great running game to be even more explosive next year despite the loss of Ricky Dobbs.
Notre Dame  - That the names of Declan Sullivan and Elizabeth Seeberg not be forgotten and that some semblance of justice is served in some way to pay for their tragic deaths. 
- The 2010 Holiday Wish List  

- Dec. 25 - CFN Holiday Wish List - Part 2. MAC to the WAC