Independents nearly replicate '05 in '06
Repetition was a common thread for the independents this fall. The four teams' records nearly matched those of 2005: Notre Dame, Navy and Temple made slight improvements, while Army finished one game worse.
All around, there were few surprises, for better or for worse. Notre Dame reached a BCS bowl for the second straight year, but it didn't rectify its weaknesses on defense, leaving top receivers to run wild. Navy continued to thrive despite the loss of promising quarterback Brian Hampton ...
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