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#95: E. Michigan is … Britney Spears’ ‘Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman’

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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 Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Overview:

2011 Record: 6-6
Head Coach: Ron English
Returning Starters: 16 (9 offense, 7 defense)
Key Players: QB Alex Gillett, DE Andy Mulumba

Schedule:

8/30: @ Ball State
9/8: vs. Illinois State
9/15: @ Purdue
9/22: @ Michigan State
10/6: vs. Kent State
10/13: vs. Toledo
10/20: vs. Army
10/27: @ Bowling Green
11/1: @ Ohio
11/10: vs. Central Michigan
11/17: @ Western Michigan
11/23: vs. Northern Illinois

Skinny:

This fall, it will be three years since Eastern Michigan finished 0-12 in coach Ron English’s first season on the job. The Eagles followed that up with a two-win campaign in 2010. That makes the 6-6 record for Eastern Michigan last season even more impressive. The defense stepped up its game dramatically to be a strength of the team. But the offense, led by senior QB Alex Gillett, needs to step up its game. It was inconsistent last season.

The 2012 season should see another respectable finish, despite consecutive road games against Big Ten foes Michigan State and Purdue. It should be mentioned that two of the Eagles’ six wins last year came against FCS opponents Howard and Alabama State. So it all reminds us of Britney Spears - bet you didn’t see that one coming - whose song “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” describes Eastern Michigan’s plight on the cusp of something bigger and better.

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”

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

#105: New Mexico State is … Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”

#104: Fresno St. is … Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”

#103: Indiana is … John Mellencamp’s “American Fool”

#102: Troy is … Ruben Studdard’s “Flying Without Wings”

#101: Army is … Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”

#100: San Jose State is … The Mamas & The Papas “California Dreamin”

#99: North Texas is … Kanye West’s “New Day”

#98: UTEP is … Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Better Days’

#97: Ball State is … Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold”

#96: Duke is … The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly”

 
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