College football kicks off the 2013 season TONIGHT. Here’s the absolute minimum you can get away with knowing about each of the 125 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, in the order that I, Matt Hinton, personally project them to finish at the end of the season.
My dear old alma mater ranks almost dead last:
119. FLORIDA ATLANTIC. FAU’s No. 1 priority for the better part of a decade, even above winning games, was the construction of an on-campus stadium to bring some legitimacy and stability to a fledgling program. When the project was finally completed, what happened? The school became a national laughingstock earlier this year for selling the naming rights to a private prison company with a history of prisoner abuse. (The deal was subsequently scuttled.) This far down the ladder, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.