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#82: Washington St. is ... Rick Ross’ ‘The Boss’

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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 Washington State Cougars.

Overview:

2011 Record: 4-8
Head Coach: Mike Leach
Returning Starters: 17 (8 offense, 9 defense)
Key Players: WR Marquess Wilson, OLB/DE Logan Mayes

Schedule:

8/30: @ BYU
9/8: Eastern Washington
9/14: @ UNLV
9/22: Colorado
9/29: Oregon
10/6: @ Oregon St.
10/13: California
10/27: @ Stanford
11/3: @ Utah
11/10: UCLA
11/17: @ Arizona St.
11/23: Washington

Skinny:

By Mark Burns

After a two-year hiatus from the college football coaching scene, Mike Leach returns to Washington St. in 2012 looking to change a culture that has grown accustomed to losing and lots of it; the Cougars have won a combined nine games over the past four seasons. With him comes former UCLA running back’s coach, Jim Mastro, who is familiar with Leach’s use of the Air Raid offense. Following 82 catches for close to 1,400 yards in 2011, No. 1 wideout Marquess Wilson will be Leach’s go-to guy on the outside. Defensive coordinator Mike Breske has switched the defense from a 4-3 to 3-4 set and hopes that his newly-formed front seven can muster a pass rush better than in 2011.

Washington State’s upcoming schedule lines up rather comfortably for Leach to obtain five wins at the very minimum. With home contests against Washington, Eastern Washington and UCLA, and away games at UNLV and Arizona State, Leach will arguably make a little noise in the college world following his outing at Texas Tech. We’re not saying in the least bit that Washington State is going to be recognized as a national contender by any means. But, in 2012, what’s for certain is that Leach will certainly be roaming the sideline in Pullman, WA, like a boss - as heard on Rick Ross’ track. Someone just needs to get Leach a pair of Ross’ vintage sunglasses to complete the part.

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’

#95: Eastern Michigan is … Britney Spears’ “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”

#94: Boston College is … Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

#93: Maryland is … Evanescence’s ‘Wake Me Up Inside’

#92: Kansas is … Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Charlie’

#91: Oregon State is … Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin”

#90: Ole Miss is … Waka Flocka’s “Grove St. Party”

#89: Syracuse is … Bon Iver’s “Blindsided”

#88: Colorado is … Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”

#87: SDSU is … Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Going Back to Cali’

#86: Kent St. is … ‘Boys Are Back in Town’

#85: Texas Tech is … Puff Daddy’s ‘I’ll Be Missing You’

#84: Navy is … Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”

#83: Hawaii is … The Beach Boys’ ‘Kokomo’

 
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