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#69: UL Lafayette is ... Shania Twain’s ‘Up’

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[Editor’s Note: This series was cancelled due to time constraints.]

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 UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

Overview:

2011 Record: 9-4
Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth
Returning Starters: 10 (8 offense, 2 defense)
Key Players: QB Blaine Gautier, WR Harry Peoples, S Jemarious Moten

Schedule:

9/1: vs. Lamar
9/8: @ Troy
9/15: @ Oklahoma St.
9/29: vs. FIU
10/6: vs. Tulane
10/16: @ North Texas
10/23: vs. Arkansas St.
11/3: @ Louisiana-Monroe
11/10: @ Florida
11/17: vs. Western Kentucky
11/24: vs. South Alabama
12/1: @ FAU

Skinny:

The Ragin’ Cajuns stroll into the 2012 campaign fresh off a nine-win season in Mark Hudspeth’s first year at the helm. Not to mention, Hudspeth upset San Diego St. in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl to cap off a surprising year. However, for the upcoming fall, there’s no question Hudspeth will struggle to produce the same results. The Ragin’ Cajuns return just two starters on defense in linebacker Jake Molbert and safety Jemarious Moten and, while there are a handful of defensive transfers expected to step in and fill starting roles. The youth and inexperience will undoubtedly show at times throughout the season. Under center, Blaine Gautier returns for his senior year with hopes of duplicating his 23-touchdown and 2,900-yard-plus season from a year ago. Wide receivers Harry Peoples and Darryl Surgent - who combined for over 1,200 yards and seven receiving touchdowns - are Gautier’s prime targets again for 2012.

Based on the defensive holes, a season that exceeded expectations from a year ago and the upcoming non-conference road schedule, it’s almost certain the Ragin’ Cajuns will take a step or two back in 2012 - and that’s OK. For a team that lost so much on defense, an eight-win season is still attainable and, with that, we’re reminded of Shania Twain’s upbeat country track titled, “Up.” It’s got a catchy tune that describes the state of the Louisiana-Lafayette football program. Despite a minor setback in 2012, it can only go up from here for Hudspeth and company.

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”

#75: UCLA is … Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”

#74: Toledo is … “N Sync’s ‘Bye, Bye, Bye”

#73: Wyoming  is … DMX’s “Where My Dogs At?”

#72: Northern Illinois is … Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day”

#71: Marshall is … Kanye West’s “Stronger”

#70: Connecticut is … Unk’s “Walk it Out”

 
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