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2012 All-Name Team Nominees (June 7)

A significant milestone has been passed: 40 teams. This is no longer the third-of-the-way marker it has been in recent years, but the number remains a meaningful one in the march to September. Technically, with the move up to 124 F.B.S. teams, a third of the way would be 41 teams; more specifically, it would be 41 teams and the first third of a 42nd preview.

It’s time to catch our breath and prepare for another stretch. It’s also time to update the Pre-Snap Read All-Name Team, which was last compiled on May 11. That was after 21 teams – from Texas-San Antonio to Ball State. This list includes the Roadrunners through Western Kentucky.

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    No. 92: Eastern Michigan

    Just think of all the great lines that are no longer valid in everyday conversation – if you’re talking about Eastern Michigan in everyday conversation, that is, and if you are, let’s talk daily. No longer can you use this gem: Eastern Michigan can win 10 games, but only if you give the Eagles five years. No longer usable. Or this: Eastern Michigan hasn’t finished above .500 in MAC play since two years before the league added Northern Illinois. Or even this one: The last time E.M.U. won six games, all the way back in 1995, George W. Bush was in his first term as the Governor of Texas. I guess I’ll just throw these on the trash heap. Forget conference expansion, Florida State to the Big 12, New Mexico State to the F.C.S., Nebraska to the Big Ten and so on; the most amazing thing to happen in college football over the last 12 months was Eastern Michigan winning six games. And this fact won’t stop being amazing until Ron English and E.M.U. do it again.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.