Thursday, May 24, 2012

San Jose State Spartans 2012 College Football Preview - Lost Lettermen

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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 San Jose State Spartans.

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2011 Record: 5-7
Head Coach: Mike MacIntyre
Returning Starters: 7 (6 offense, 1 defense)
Key Players: WR Noel Grigsby, LB Keith Smith


9/1: @ Stanford
9/8: vs. UC Davis
9/15: vs. Colorado State
9/22: @ San Diego State
9/29: @ Navy
10/13: vs. Utah State
10/20: @ UTSA
10/27: vs. Texas State
11/3: @ Idaho
11/10: @ New Mexico State
11/17: vs. BYU
11/24: vs. Louisiana Tech


San Jose State won a combined three games in 2009 and 2010 â€" the former under ex-coach Dick Tomey and the latter in the first year of current head man Mike MacIntyre, who did a great job of improving the Spartans to 5-7 in 2011. However, SJSU will lose QB Matt Faulkner and RB Brandon Rutley from that improved team. In fact, the Spartans will return just seven starters and only one holdover on defense.

Still, MacIntyre has the San Jose State dreaming of relevancy; the Spartans won a bowl game in 2006 â€" their first since 1990 in their only appearance since then â€" and have, generally, been a gridiron doormat. That’s why we can imagine “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas playing in the background as MacIntyre works tirelessly at a program that still feels far away from sunshine.

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”

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