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#75: UCLA is ... Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’

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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 UCLA Bruins.

Overview:

2011 Record: 6-8
Head Coach: Jim Mora, Jr.
Returning Starters: 15 (8 offense, 7 defense)
Key Players: RB Jonathan Franklin, DT Brandon Willis, S Tevin McDonald

Schedule:

8/30: @ Rice
9/8: vs. Nebraska
9/15: vs. Houston
9/22: vs. Oregon St.
9/29: @ Colorado
10/6: @ California
10/13: vs. Utah
10/27: @ Arizona St.
11/3: vs. Arizona
11/10: @ Washington St.
11/17: vs. USC
11/24: vs. Stanford

Skinny:

In 2012, there will be a new head coach roaming UCLA’s sidelines as Jim L. Mora replaces Rick Neuheisel after Neuheisel coached the Bruins for four seasons, with seven wins being the peak of his success in Westwood. Mora has brought in new coordinators on both sides of the ball and, with an unknown at quarterback to lead the Bruins in Mora’s first year, there’s no telling which way his team will go. Defensively, Mora brought in former NFL assistant coach Lou Spanos to implement his 3-4 defense with the hope that the Bruins improve on pressuring the quarterback and stopping the run in 2012.

If there’s a more surprising hire out there in the college-football world than the one last December of Mora, we’ve yet to find it (Charlie Weis at Kansas is a close second). Mora replaces Neuheisel following a 6-8 season in which the Bruins lost to Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. What looks like an ill-advised hire by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero could simply go one of two ways: Guerrero could look like a genius or he might be second-guessing the five years he gave Mora. As a result, we’re reminded of Carly Rae Jepsen’s bubbly track, “Call Me Maybe” - the surprising hire of Mora, an individual who hasn’t coached at the collegiate level, except for one year as a graduate assistant at Washington, and doesn’t really have a proven track record of success. Between NFL head-coaching gigs with Atlanta and Seattle, Mora amassed a mediocre 31-33 mark. Even so, Mora still answered Guerrero’s fleeting call to potentially right the ship in SoCal. Come Thanksgiving, though, Guerrero might be wishing he never made the call in the first place.

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”

#82: Washington St. is … Rick Ross’ “The Boss”

#81: East Carolina is … Guns ‘N Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle”

#80: Minnesota is … Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started”

#79: Nevada is … Tupac’s “Changes”

#78: Bowling Green is … Blink 182′s “What’s My Age Again?”

#77: FIU is … Will Smith’s “Miami”

#76: Western Kentucky is … Billy Ray Cyrus’ “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore”

 
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