2011 Spring Preview
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The Final Polls Will Be ... 61-80
2011 Spring Preview
The college basketball national championship is over
- mercifully, after yet another missed Butler shot -
so how will the college football race shape up?
Before spring ball finishes up, here's the first
look at where every team will probably end up. We
already took a guess at what the
the preseason polls will probably be, and now here's the best guess
at what the final 120 rankings might be after the
regular season. One note, this isn't a
ranking of how good we think the teams are; that will all come out in the Preview 2011 Rankings.
These rankings take into account the schedules,
timing, and talent level. This is a projection and a
prediction, and yes, these will probably change
later this summer, but for now ...
The Spring Prediction For The Final Regular
to 10 |
No. 11 to
No. 21 to 40 |
No. 41 to 60
No. 61 to 80 |
No. 81 to 100
No. 101 to
Schedules and Too-Early
M-West | Pac-12
61. Toledo 8-4
The Spring Call: The loaded Rockets will end up winning the West with a seven game winning streak after starting out the MAC season losing at Syracuse. A 1-4 start to the season will quickly be wiped away
62. Southern Miss 8-4
The Spring Call: The Eagle offense should be tremendous, and the season should be thrilling, but there will be just enough key road losses at Marshall and East Carolina to lose the East title. Along the way, big home wins over SMU and UCF will make it a strong year.
63. Virginia 6-6
The Spring Call: Mike London’s team will be plucky, and it’ll come up with a few great wins over NC State and Southern Miss, but the light slate and the six wins will have to be enough with road games at North Carolina, Miami, Maryland and Florida State and a season-ending home loss to Virginia Tech finishing things on a down note.
64. UCF 8-4
The Spring Call: The Knights will be strong, but they’re not going to be able to repeat
as Conference USA champions with back-to-back road games at Southern Miss and East Carolina to end a strong midseason run. Early losses to Boston College and BYU will make for a tough September.
65. Hawaii 9-4
The Spring Call: The offense will continue to rock and roll with Bryant Moniz putting up huge numbers, including in the home opener against Colorado. There might not be any big wins, and there probably won’t be any wins over bowl bound teams, but the chance for a ten-win season will be there in the bowl game.
66. Syracuse 7-5
The Spring Call: Can the Orange build on the success of last year? Sort of. It should be another strange season with the home woes continuing in the Big East opener against Rutgers and with an 0-3 conference start losing to West Virginia and at Louisville, but a good November run will ease the pressure.
67. Cincinnati 6-6
The Spring Call: It’s not going to be a return to the Brian Kelly days, but Butch Jones will come up with a decent bounceback season helped by wins over Austin Peay, Miami University, and Akron. It’ll take two wins in the final three games to get a bowl bid.
68. Kentucky 5-7
The Spring Call: To have any chance at a bowl, the Wildcats have to beat all the teams they’re supposed to and could use an upset or two. Mississippi State at home seems like a logical upset shot with an off-week and Jacksonville State before. Unlike last year, the finishing kick of November, with losses to Ole Miss, at Georgia, and Tennessee, will be rough.
69. East Carolina 6-6
The Spring Call: Once again, the Pirate offense will be terrific, but the defense will struggle in a brutal 1-4 start. But then the wins will start coming against the mediocre teams in Conference USA play, and key victories over UCF and Southern Miss will put Ruffin McNeil’s team into the title game.
70. Connecticut 6-6
The Spring Call: The Huskies will take a big step back from its Big East championship season with several close losses in games they managed to win last year. With road games at West Virginia, Pitt, and Cincinnati, there’s no hope for another title with a four-game midseason long stretch seeming like an eternity.
71. SMU 6-6
The Spring Call: This should be June Jones’ strongest SMU team yet, but it’ll have too many tough tasks to show it in the record books. A four-game midseason stretch of at TCU, UCF, at Southern Miss and at Tulsa will force the Mustangs to get hot, and they will winning three of their final four games.
72. Rutgers 6-6
The Spring Call: The Scarlet Knights will be bowling again, but it’ll hardly be back to the good old days under Greg Schiano. A hot 5-1 start will quickly give way to a harsh downfall after a midseason break losing five of the final six games.
73. Louisiana Tech 6-6
The Spring Call: The Sonny Dykes offense will start to be more explosive and more Texas Tech-like, and it’ll result in a bowl season. A good midseason stretch with four straight wins will be enough to overcome a three-game losing streak including WAC losses to Fresno State and Nevada.
74. Maryland 4-8
The Spring Call: The Terps will have a rough first year under Randy Edsall with tough game after tough game including road games at Georgia Tech and Florida State. The key will be a strong opening with statement games against Miami and West Virginia at home; Maryland will lose them both.
The team will be far better than the final record.
75. Army 6-6
The Spring Call: Army broke through last year under head coach Rich Ellerson and got to a bowl game, and now will come the real fun with a decent season beating lots of bad teams like Ball State, Tulane and Fordham to set the tone, and a win over Navy, finally, will make 2011 a success. However, losses to Air Force, Rutgers and Vanderbilt will make for a tough midseason.
76. Navy 6-6
The Spring Call: This should be a tougher season than normal, even though the team will be almost as good as it’s been over the last several years. A rough stretch of five losses in six games will force the Midshipmen to get hot in November, and they will with wins over Troy, SMU, and San Jose State before the three week layover to deal with Army. A loss to the Knights will hurt worse than the rough October.
77. Fresno State 6-7
The Spring Call: Will Pat Hill’s team have a shot to win the WAC now that Boise State is gone? No, and the tough schedule is going to be a major issue. The desire to play the BCS teams will bite the Bulldogs with losses to Cal, Nebraska, and Ole Miss, Road games at Nevada and Hawaii will kill the conference title dreams, and a loss at San Diego State will end bowl hopes.
78. Colorado State 7-5
The Spring Call: The Rams will still be struggling to breathe against the teams with a pulse, but they’ll get just enough easy games to come up with a winning regular season. When the best win of your season will be at UNLV, you know the schedule is light and bouncy.
79. Temple 7-5
The Spring Call: Like Al Golden, Steve Addazio won’t win the MAC title, but the Owls will still be players in the race with a 5-2 start before losing key road games at Bowling Green at Ohio. Closing out with wins over Miami University and Kent State will bring another winning season.
80. Minnesota 5-7
The Spring Call: Jerry Kill’s first season will be solid with the running game improving, but there are too many tough games to hope for a winning campaign. There will be enough wins to keep the season from being a disaster, but a rough second half will end any bowl dreams.
2011 Spring Preview
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