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College Football 2012: Three Teams on the Rise

Behind quarterback Keith Price, Washington is a team on the rise in 2012.
<p> Athlon takes a look at three teams that could surpass its 2011 win total in 2012.&nbsp;</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

It's never too early to start thinking about next season, and Athlon kicked off our lookahead to 2012 with a very, very early top 25. Of course, a lot is going to change between now and when our official preseason poll is released in May, but we are taking an early glimpse of how things could look.

Kent State’s Terrific Trio in 1972: Nick Saban, Jack Lambert and Gary Pinkel

The trio led the Golden Flashes to a MAC title in a time of turmoil at the Ohio school
<p> Nick Saban, Gary Pinkel and Jack Lambert led the Golden Flashes to a MAC title in a time of turmoil at the Ohio school</p>

They have celebrated one conference championship in the history of Kent State’s football program. One. Oklahoma, this ain’t. In 1972, the Golden Flashes won five of their last six, including a season-ending triumph over Toledo that clinched the title and earned a Tangerine Bowl berth.

 

It couldn’t have come at a more important time in school history.

 

Five-Star Freshmen Make Big Impact

The 2011 class of five-star recruits has already made a huge impact on college football.

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

Last week was a slow week in the recruiting world. Washington State picked up a trio of commitments and then won back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. The Pitt Panthers landed Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills wide receiver Corey Jones, and LSU got a verbal pledge from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer offensive tackle Patrick Miller.

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