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Every Team's Holiday Wish List
Florida head coach Will Muschamp
Florida head coach Will Muschamp
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Dec 22, 2011


What every team is hoping for this holiday season. Independents to the WAC.

2011 Holiday Wish List

Independents to WAC

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- ACC to Conference USA 
  
Independents 

Army 
For Under The Tree: The passing game to start to work at Army under Rich Ellerson like it did at Cal Poly.
In The Stocking: A win over Navy. Someday.

BYU
For Under The Tree: For independence to start to generate enough of a buzz to make the Pac-12 finally interested.
In The Stocking: More prospects at Jake Heaps prep rating, but better on the field.

Navy
For Under The Tree: A defensive front that can come up with a stop against the run or a play in the backfield.
In The Stocking: The nation's No. 1 running game instead of No. 4.

Notre Dame
For Under The Tree: A positive turnover margin, a steady quarterback, and a return to the early 1990s, when the program mattered.
In The Stocking: Brian Kelly to be worth all the "unremarkable" moments.

MAC
East 

Akron
For Under The Tree: Someone who actually wants to coach this team - really, you're getting turned down by a guy from Wayne State?
In The Stocking: A win over an FBS team.

Bowling Green
For Under The Tree: The offense to start working like it did a few years ago, but with more from the ground game.
In The Stocking: Dave Clawson to become the next Urban Meyer.

Buffalo
For Under The Tree: A perfect storm for Jeff Quinn like Turner Gill enjoyed in 2008.
In The Stocking: An efficient passing game against someone. Anyone.

Kent State
For Under The Tree: Roosevelt Nix to be enough to make the defense start to improve.
In The Stocking: More than 4,000 fans a game.

Miami University
For Under The Tree: A positive rushing yard after finishing last in the nation.
In The Stocking: For this to be the real Miami after the other one gets blown out of the water by the NCAA.

Ohio
For Under The Tree: More opportunites in the MAC championship to finally come up with the win.
In The Stocking: Tyler Tettleton to be as good as his potential showed this year.

Temple

For Under The Tree: A big MAC win to finally win something important in conference play.
In The Stocking: Steve Addazio to not get noticed by the big boys long enough for the program to move to the Big East.

West 

Ball State
For Under The Tree: The Pete Lembo defense to match up to the potential of the offense after the D finished second-to-last in the nation.
In The Stocking: One more late season win to get back to a bowl game after just missing out this year.

Central Michigan
For Under The Tree: For Dan Enos to become good enough for Cincinnati to want him.
In The Stocking: A positive turnover margin and far, far further mistakes.

Eastern Michigan
For Under The Tree: The long-suffering program to take a step from 2011 to 2012 as it did from 2010 to 2011.
In The Stocking: For people to be talking about one of the greatest rebuilding jobs in college football history next year at this time.

Northern Illinois
For Under The Tree: Two more years with head coach Dave Doeren instead of one.
In The Stocking: A running game like it rocked under Jerry Kill, and a quarterback who rolled like Chandler Harnish did.

Toledo
For Under The Tree: Matt Campbell to get more defense than Tim Beckman came up with, but keeping the same offensive production.
In The Stocking: 64 points against Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan
For Under The Tree: A seventh year of eligibility for Jordan White.
In The Stocking: A fourth quarter against Michigan - and better blitz protection.

Mountain West

Air Force
For Under The Tree: Better health than the team got in 2011.
In The Stocking: A career from the next starting quarterback as good as Tim Jefferson's last four years.

Boise State
For Under The Tree: A run of success in the Big East like it had in the WAC.
In The Stocking: Made kicks against Nevada in 2010 and TCU in 2011.

Colorado State
For Under The Tree: For Jim McElwain to restore the glory like Steve Fairchild was supposed to.
In The Stocking: A run defense that can finally come up with a stop, and for lines that can finally be more physical.

New Mexico
For Under The Tree: You already got it, New Mexico. Bob Davie will restore the dignity of the program.
In The Stocking: A secondary that can finally stop getting torched on every deep attempt.

San Diego State
For Under The Tree: Another year of Ronnie Hillman, and more credit for being one of the nation's best backs.
In The Stocking: For Big East teams to be very, very sleepy after the long plane ride before being mesmerized by being in San Diego.

TCU
For Under The Tree: To show the Big 12 that it really can play with the bigger boys on a consistent basis.
In The Stocking: Better anti-perspirant for head coach Gary Patterson.

UNLV
For Under The Tree: For the team to be half as physical as Bobby Hauck wants it to be.
In The Stocking: Two killer defensive tackles to finally stop up the run.

Wyoming
For Under The Tree: Dave Christensen to stick around - no matter what the contract - for at least another year.
In The Stocking: Better looking uniforms - anything other then brown.

Pac 10  

North

California
For Under The Tree: The Jeff Tedford era to get a new breath of life to be as hot now as it was eight years ago.
In The Stocking: On offense that finishes better than in the middle of the Pac-12 pack.

Oregon
For Under The Tree: New uniforms from Uncle Phil!
In The Stocking: More recruiting services to bring in the top Texas talents.

Oregon State
For Under The Tree: An expanded piece on Willie Lyles on either 60 Minutes or Real Sports.
In The Stocking: An offensive line that can open up a hole for the running game and protect the passer.

Stanford
For Under The Tree: A year of success post-Andrew Luck like it enjoyed post-Jim Harbaugh.
In The Stocking: A win over an Oregon ... and the speed on defense to get it.

Washington
For Under The Tree: Steve Sarkisian to be a "hot" head coach again.
In The Stocking: The Kevin Price of the first half of the season.

Washington State
For Under The Tree: For Mike Leach to actually win something.
In The Stocking: No closets.

South
 
Arizona
For Under The Tree: Just one quick quarterback, one speedy running back, and five guys up front who can wall-off the defenders.
In The Stocking: Arizona State to hire Todd Graham.

Arizona State
For Under The Tree: For Todd Graham to be the Todd Graham that was good enough to get hired at Pitt.
In The Stocking: A program that can play up to its talent level for a full season.

Colorado
For Under The Tree: Gary Barnett production, but without Gary Barnett.
In The Stocking: A team that can do one thing at a high level.

UCLA
For Under The Tree: Jim Mora to be the next Pete Carroll - fine, no matter what comes with that.
In The Stocking: A 6-4, 225-pound bomber who gets the pro scouts drooling from Day One.

USC
For Under The Tree: Matt Barkley. With a bow on top.
In The Stocking: The NCAA to be consistent enough to nail someone else, anyone else, like it hammered USC.

Utah
For Under The Tree: One more season when the rest of the South stinks or is on probation.
In The Stocking: A healthy Jordan Wynn for a full season and an offense that's not the worst in the Pac-12.

SEC

East 

Florida
For Under The Tree: Will Muschamp to not be coaching at Illinois in three years.
In The Stocking: For the rest of the SEC East to continue to suck.

Georgia
For Under The Tree: An SEC schedule like the 2011 version.
In The Stocking: More money for Mark Richt's assistant coaches.

Kentucky
For Under The Tree: An offense that's better than the third-worst in the nation.
In The Stocking: Someone to finally realize what a special career LB Danny Trevathan had.

South Carolina
For Under The Tree: For Steve Spurrier to finally show why he's Steve Spurrier.
In The Stocking: Alshon Jeffery to come back for a "do over."

Tennessee
For Under The Tree: A healthy team for an entire season.
In The Stocking: A rushing attack, a punting game, a pass rush, another year of Florida being bad, a defense that can stop the deep ball ...

Vanderbilt 
For Under The Tree: For James Franklin to be right about what he can do with the program.
In The Stocking: 21 more points against Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee.

West

Alabama
For Under The Tree: A rematch against LSU for the ... oh yeah.
In The Stocking: For someone to actually care about the rematch against LSU.

Arkansas
For Under The Tree: A healthy Knile Davis and more receivers from where the last batch came from.
In The Stocking: More time for Tyler Wilson to throw against LSU.

Auburn
For Under The Tree: Another quarterback worthy of a $180,000 asking price.
In The Stocking: The NCAA already filled it up.

LSU
For Under The Tree: A first down in the first half on the SEC championship.
In The Stocking: The Alabama offensive production from the first time around.

Ole Miss
For Under The Tree: Hugh Freeze to be able to pull his weight in a division of powerhouse head coaches.
In The Stocking: Admiral Ackbar.

Mississippi State
For Under The Tree: The wayback machine and the 180K to get Cam Newton.
In The Stocking: A move to the SEC East.

Sun Belt

Arkansas State
For Under The Tree: For it to have been the program, not the coach.
In The Stocking: Another shot at Virginia Tech and Illinois.

Florida Atlantic
For Under The Tree: For Carl Pelini to have the spirit and fight of Howard Schnellenberger.
In The Stocking: Miami to go on probation and Mario Cristobal to take off for a bigger gig.

Florida International
For Under The Tree: Another year of Mario Cristobal enjoying the greater Miami area.
In The Stocking: A far more consistent offense from the new head coach once Cristobal takes off.

MTSU
For Under The Tree: A run defense that goes back to the days when it was active up front.
In The Stocking: To be on the right side of the turnover margin on a regular basis.

North Texas
For Under The Tree: More running backs like Lance Dunbar.
In The Stocking: For Dan McCarney to make UNT relevant like he made Iowa State interesting.

Troy
For Under The Tree: For Larry Blakeney to regain his magic touch on defense from a few years ago.
In The Stocking: For the offense to be more consistent and explosive when the defense doesn't do its job.

UL Lafayette
For Under The Tree: DVDs of the New Orleans Bowl finish.
In The Stocking: Javone Lawson to be every bit as good as he played at the end of the year.

UL Monroe
For Under The Tree: Ten more total points against Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, and Louisiana-Lafayette.
In The Stocking: A better offensive line to actually make it happen.

Western Kentucky
For Under The Tree: One more year before the world realizes that Willie Taggart is good enough to do big things with a bigger program.
In The Stocking: More talents like Bobby Rainey, and for the prospects from the good recruiting classes to play like him.

WAC  

Fresno State 
For Under The Tree: The attitude and the fearlessness of Pat Hill and the production to match.
In The Stocking: For Tim DeRuyter to finally bring the program a solid defense.

Hawaii
For Under The Tree: The Norm Chow that made quarterbacks like Phil Rivers into legends.
In The Stocking: It's Hawaii. Who needs anything in the stocking other than surf wax?

Idaho
For Under The Tree: An invite to the Mountain West party.
In The Stocking: For the team to keep playing hard under Robb Akey, even if the talent isn't there.

Louisiana Tech
For Under The Tree: An invite from Conference USA ... or better.
In The Stocking: A secondary that can come up with a key stop.

Nevada
For Under The Tree: A running game more like the 2009 and 2010 versions.
In The Stocking: A few more years from Hall of Fame head coach Chris Ault to work his magic in the Mountain West.

New Mexico State
For Under The Tree: For DeWayne Walker to finally have it all come together and to come up with one big year in the new WAC.
In The Stocking: For Walker's defensive coaching ability to finally mesh with enough talent to start bringing in wins.

San Jose State
For Under The Tree: Just eight more points against Idaho, Nevada and/or Utah State to become bowl eligible.
In The Stocking: For the program to take another step forward under Mike MacIntyre like it did this year.

Utah State

For Under The Tree: A close win. PLEASE.
In The Stocking: For Gary Andersen and his offense to be just getting started.

- ACC to Conference USA