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Part Two of this week's Cavalcade of
Whimsy ... Every team's holiday wish list. Since Christmas is next
Tuesday, the Cavalcade will be back in two weeks. Have a great holiday.
Enjoy the nog.
The 4th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah
wish list for all 119 teams this holiday season. To ...
Air Force: Troy Calhoun to stick around at least half as
long as Fisher DeBerry did.
Akron: QB Chris Jacquemain to be able to throw with some
semblance of consistency.
Alabama: Nick Saban to start to coach like Nick Saban and not
Arizona: The offense to play all of 2008 like it did in the first
half of the Oregon win.
Arizona State: Dennis Erickson to realize just how much coaching
in the NFL sucks.
Arkansas: Bobby Petrino to last at least one year before
interviewing for another job.
Arkansas State: A defensive lineman who can get into the
backfield, and an offensive lineman who can prevent the quarterback from
Army: Carson Williams to throw more like Carson Palmer than
Auburn: Seven in a row against you-know-who.
Ball State: Nate Davis to live up to the growing buzz.
Baylor: Art Briles to bring the first winning season since 1995
(back in the Southwest Conference days).
Boise State: Chris Petersen to enjoy where he’s at.
Boston College: Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski to be able to work his
quarterback magic on Matt Ryan’s replacement.
Bowling Green: Tyler Sheehan to have just scratched the surface
on how good he can become.
BYU: An undefeated September.
Buffalo: Nebraska to be the only one to give Turner Gill an
honest shot at a bigger gig.
California: An extra time out vs. Oregon State.
Central Michigan: To play half as well out of conference as it
does in the MAC.
Cincinnati: That new contract extension for head coach Brian
Kelly signed to actually mean something.
Clemson: To play up to the talent level from the start of the ACC
season to the finish.
Colorado: To be as good as Boise State.
Colorado State: A defense that doesn’t get steamrolled over and can
get into the backfield.
Connecticut: An offense that doesn’t need its defense to score.
Duke: David Cutcliffe to have the same success he had at Ole Miss
before being unfairly dumped.
East Carolina: A lockdown cover-corner.
Eastern Michigan: The baby steps taken this year to be the launching
pad to the first winning season since 1995 and the second since 1989.
Florida Atlantic: Miami players who want to stay at home to start to
realize Da U is a dead program walking.
FIU: A remotely efficient passer and more Golden Dazzlers with
FIU on their chests (oh wait, that's my holiday list)
Florida: A running back so Tim Tebow doesn’t have to carry the ball
194 times again.
Florida State: Jimbo Fisher to unearth some semblance of a
consistent running game.
Fresno State: June Jones and Chris Petersen to move on to bigger and
Georgia: A fifth overtime in the Tennessee-Kentucky game.
Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson to not scrap the triple-option.
Hawaii: Georgia to take the Sugar Bowl as seriously as Oklahoma took
the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Houston: The program to be half as good as new head coach Kevin
Sumlin thinks it can be.
Idaho: A defensive stop.
Illinois: Satan to wait a few years before soul payment is due.
Indiana: A donation to be made to the American Brain Tumor
Iowa: A wee bit of pass defense against Western Michigan.
Iowa State: Gene Chizik to not be Greg Robinson.
Kansas: The schedule to remain as soft and squishy as (too easy …
it’s the holidays so I'll let it go).
Kansas State: An emergency brake to prevent another second half of
the season train wreck.
Kent State: A healthy Julian Edelman for a full season.
Kentucky: For the program to not wake up and realize he’s still
UL Lafayette: A wee bit of a passing offense to keep the heat off
the running game.
UL Monroe: To play as well over the first two months of the
season as it does in November.
Louisiana Tech: A conference with a better geographical fit.
Louisville: The Tulsa version of Steve Kragthorpe.
LSU: A fourth overtime.
Marshall: Bob Pruett to be sick of retirement.
Maryland: The team to play up to its talent level for more than
two games in a row.
Memphis: A punt of more than 30 yards.
Miami: An invite back to the Big East.
Miami University: An offense that can score more than 20 points a
few games in a row.
Michigan: Rich Rodriguez to be better than he was at West Virginia.
Michigan State: Mark Dantonio to stick around long enough for the
program to challenge for the Big Ten title.
Middle Tennessee: A clutch Sun Belt win.
Minnesota: For Tim Brewster to work that supposed recruiting
magic to field a night-and-day better defense.
Ole Miss: Darren McFadden to transfer to play for the Nutt for
one more year.
Mississippi State: An offense that doesn’t need the defense to save
the day time and again.
Missouri: Curtis Lofton to turn pro.
Navy: Ken Niumatalolo to be half as good as Paul Johnson.
Nebraska: A return to the good old days, “enhanced” linemen and
Nevada: Chris Ault to start coaching like the Hall of Famer he
New Mexico: A really, really big win, preferably in a bowl game,
under Rocky Long.
New Mexico State: The Hal Mumme experience to actually start to
North Carolina: At least one really, really big year before Butch
NC State: To be as good as Boston College.
North Texas: Some semblance of a defense and the passing game to
consistently do what it did against SMU and Navy.
Northern Illinois: For Jerry Kill to make Northern as good as
Northwestern: Better lines and one late defensive stop against Duke.
Notre Dame: An offensive line that doesn’t get its quarterbacks
Ohio: Three more years of eligibility for Kalvin McRae.
Ohio State: All SEC football and basketball teams to go on
Oklahoma: To play up to its talent level for a full season.
Oklahoma State: More Jenni Carlson articles that tick off Mike
Gundy and a bucket of Bobby Reid’s mom’s chicken (oh wait, that’s my
Christmas list again).
Oregon: A strong anterior cruciate ligament, and a heart once
that ACL tears.
Oregon State: A donation to the National Kidney Foundation.
Penn State: Joe Paterno to follow the lead of Barry Alvarez and
Bobby Bowden on how to have an easy transfer of power.
Pitt: A passing attack to take the heat off LeSean McCoy.
Purdue: A win over someone with a pulse.
Rice: Chase Clement’s efforts to not go to waste.
Rutgers: For the program to live up to half the expectations Greg
Schiano has for it.
San Diego State: Chuck Long to be better, faster.
San Jose State: The 2006 version of the Dick Tomey defense.
South Carolina: The Florida version of Steve Spurrier, not the
Washington Redskin kind.
South Florida: More No. 2 rankings where that came from.
SMU: The boosters to say, “Ah screw it,” and go back to what made
the program great in the 1980s.
Southern Miss: Larry Fedora to actually get a win or two against
anyone, any place and anytime.
Stanford: A few Pac 10 players for Jim Harbaugh to work with.
Syracuse: The Paul Pasqualoni era to not be remembered as the good
TCU: To play as well when there are a few expectations as it does
when no one is paying attention.
Temple: Just a little more time. This might be another Rutgers
waiting to happen.
Tennessee: That one Erik Ainge throw back.
Texas: That old recruiting magic to kick back in again and some
coaches to figure out how to stop someone from chucking the ball at
Tulsa: Gus Mahlzahn to be around for one more year to keep the
Texas A&M: The rest of the Big 12 to not use “It’s Mike Sherman”
Texas Tech: Graham Harrell to start to receive the same respect
for his numbers that Colt Brennan got for his.
Toledo: A defensive play made in the backfield.
Troy: A redo of the third quarter against Florida Atlantic.
Tulane: Production from the next three starting running backs to
equal Matt Forte’s 2007 season.
UAB: A single stop against a halfway decent running team.
UCF: Kevin Smith to decide another year in Orlando is better than
jumping early to the league of mercenaries.
UCLA: A healthy skill position player, and for the entire program
to be half as good as the fan base thinks it should be.
UNLV: More defensive players like Beau Bell.
USC: All the top recruits to start playing like top recruits week
in and week out.
Utah: A better defensive scheme on fourth and 18.
Utah State: The two-game winning streak at the end of 2007 to be
the start, and not an aberration.
UTEP: A November win of significance.
Vanderbilt: A sixth win.
Virginia: The magic pixie dust in every close game this year to
carry over to 2008.
Virginia Tech: The BCS types to retroactively decide that the
computer rankings should count for 90% of the formula.
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe to really, really like Winston-Salem.
Washington: Two completed passes in a row from Jake Locker.
Washington State: Eastern Washington’s offensive success.
West Virginia: Heimlich maneuver lessons.
Western Michigan: The team that showed up against Iowa to do the
same thing in the MAC.
Wisconsin: A healthy wide receiver.
Wyoming: The September of 2007 and the October and November of
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