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#106: Miami (OH) … is Nick Lachey’s ‘What’s Left of Me’

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Lost Lettermen is counting down and ranking all 124 FBS college football teams from best to worst by comparing each to a well-known song. We will examine one team per day through the summer in the lead up to the 2012 season. Today’s team: The Miami (OH) Redhawks.

Overview:

2011 Record: 4-8
Head Coach: Don Treadwell
Returning Starters: 16 (8 offense, 8 defense)
Key Players: QB Zac Dysert, DE Jason Semmes

Schedule:

9/1: @ Ohio State
9/8: vs. Southern Illinois
9/15: @ Boise State
9/22: vs. UMass
9/29: @ Akron
10/6: @ Cincinnati
10/13: @ Bowling Green
10/27: vs. Ohio
11/3: @ Buffalo
11/10: vs. Kent State
11/17: @ Central Michigan
11/23: vs. Ball State

Skinny:

Last season, Miami (OH) ended the campaign with three straight losses by seven points or less. That followed the first two games of the campaign, a respectable loss to Missouri and an overtime defeat against Minnesota. So it can be argued that the Redhawks were better than last year’s record. However, it’s clear that they aren’t the same team from the nine-win 2010 campaign under Mike Haywood, who engineered a shocking turnaround from one win in 2009 before skipping town.

Miami (OH) had problems protecting QB Zac Dysert, who does have promise, and the running game wasn’t anything to write home about. On defense? Well, the linebacking corps didn’t back up a talented group up front and allowed the Redhawks to give up lots of big plays. That being said, the squad will return all but two starters combined on both sides of the ball. They have experience but, as ex-Miami (OH) student Nick Lachey crooned, “I’m half the man I used to be ... but you can have what’s left of me.” The Redhawks will put what they have out there, it’s unclear if it will be good enough.

FBS 124 Countdown

#124: UTSA is … Rebecca Black’s “Friday”

#123: UMass is … Clay Aiken’s “Invisible”

#122: South Alabama is … Rednex’s “Cotton Eye Joe”

#121: Texas State is … Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

#120: New Mexico is … Double Take’s “Hot Problems”

#119: Florida Atlantic is … Rammstein’s “Du Hast”

#118: Memphis is … Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”

#117: Akron is … LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”

#116: UNLV is … Wayne Newton’s “Remember When”

#115: UAB is … Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”

#114: MTSU is … Jessica Mauboy’s ‘What Happened to Us?’

#113: Tulane is … The Game’s “My Life”

#112: Idaho is … Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’

#111: Buffalo is … Bruno Mars’ “Don’t Give Up”

#110: UL Monroe is … Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ugly”

#109: Rice is … Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”

#108: Central Michigan is … Kid Rock’s ‘Only God Knows Why’

#107: Colorado State is … Aaliyah’s ‘Try Again’

 
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