2011 Spring Preview
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The Final Polls Will Be ... 81-100
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
81. Indiana 4-8
The Spring Call: Kevin Wilson’s team will be entertaining and will get off to a great start, but it won’t have the horses to come up with a win over the second half of the year. If the Hoosiers don’t beat Northwestern and Purdue, there won’t be any chance to go bowling. They won’t.
82. Colorado 4-9
The Spring Call: The Buffs will be pumped up for its Pac-12 debut against California, and then it’ll be uh-oh time. The secondary won’t handle Hawaii’s passing game in the season opener, going to Ohio State won’t be a plus, and then conference play gets really, really rough. If the Buffs win three Pac-12 games, consider it a success.
83. Central Michigan 6-6
The Spring Call: The first year under Dan Enos was awful, but it was the epitome of a rebuilding year. The Chippewas will start out poorly with five straight losses after beating South Carolina State, and then the wins will come with a five-game winning streak highlighted by a big victory over Ohio.
84. Marshall 7-5
The Spring Call: Doc Holliday will have a stronger team this season, and it’ll make a big statement in the Conference USA opener against Southern Miss, but a rough midseason stretch with four losses in five games will mean there’s lots of work to do. With wins in five of the last six games and closing with a four game winning streak, the season will end red hot.
85. Troy 8-4
The Spring Call: The Trojans will win the Sun Belt title after overcoming an 0-2 non-conference start with losses to Clemson and Arkansas. A loss at FIU will be the only league blip, but it’ll take win at Arkansas State in the regular season finale will seal the deal.
86. FIU 7-5
The Spring Call: The Golden Panthers will build off their great 2010 with a strong season winning four of the last five games, including a win over Troy to take control of their own Sun Belt destiny. But a stunning loss at ULM will mean a second place finish … but a bowl game.
87. Arkansas State 6-6
The Spring Call: Hugh Freeze’s first season will be a strong one as the Red Wolves overcome a three-game losing stretch to start the year, and a 2-5 start, to reel off four straight wins to get into bowl contention. Just when there’s a chance to win a part of the Sun Belt title, ASU will lose to Troy.
88. Baylor 3-9
The Spring Call: While BU might not be a doormat anymore, the schedule is going to be just nasty enough, and the run defense just soft enough, to go back to the days of the sad record. It’ll take a few major upsets to approach the six-win mark.
89. Iowa State 4-8
The Spring Call: The problem is that the Cyclones have to deal with everyone from the South, while some of the winnable games, like Baylor and Kansas State, are on the road. They’ll pull off a win at Connecticut to get everyone fired up, and they’ll upset Texas A&M, but that’ll be it for the fun.
90. Miami Univ. 5-7
The Spring Call: The defending MAC champions will be good for new head coach Don Treadwell, but the wins won’t be there with road games at Toledo and Temple a problem in conference play and with a key loss to Western Michigan late.
91. Ohio 7-5
The Spring Call: Another year, another solid season for the Bobcats. The problem will be the finishing kick with losses in the final three games at Central Michigan, at Bowling Green, and against Miami University after starting out the year 7-2.
92. Duke 4-8
The Spring Call: David Cutcliffe’s offense will be fun and exciting, at times, but the problems on defense will be too much to overcome. A bowl bid will be in sight after a 4-3 start, but a five game losing stream to close out the year will ruin the fun.
93. Bowling Green 6-6
The Spring Call: The Falcons will make a strong comeback after a disastrous 2010 with wins over Morgan State and Wyoming early on, and strong MAC victories over Toledo and Temple in mid-October, but it’ll take November wins over Ohio and Buffalo to finish at .500.
94. Vanderbilt 2-10
The Spring Call: The Commodores will be more fun and more exciting, but the wins aren’t likely to come against a schedule with nine bowl teams from last year. The best chance for an SEC win is in the opener against Ole Miss, but the Kentucky game in November should be interesting.
95. Kent State 5-7
The Spring Call: New head coach Darrell Hazell will make the team better and the wins will come against teams like South Alabama, Akron, and Eastern Michigan, but it’ll take a major upset or two to be in the hunt for a winning season. Those wins won’t come.
96. Washington State 2-10
The Spring Call: The Cougars are finally going to be more experienced, more talented, and better, but where are the wins going to come? Going to San Diego State won’t bring a key non-conference win, and the most winnable Pac-12 games, Colorado, UCLA, and Washington, are on the road.
97. ULM 6-6
The Spring Call: Can Todd Berry get the Warhawks going? With a four-game winning streak in the second half of the year, the team will be right on the cusp of seven wins and a bowl appearance, but a season ending loss at Florida Atlantic will end the fun. Even so, 6-6 won’t be bad.
98. UNLV 3-9
The Spring Call: It’s going to be an ongoing process for Bobby Hauck, and while it might take a little while, there will be an improvement this year. However, starting out at Wisconsin, at Washington State, and Hawaii will mean an 0-3 start. The 1-5 finish won’t look good.
99. Wake Forest 2-10
The Spring Call: Can the Demon Deacons turn it around after a disastrous 2010? Probably not. Where are the wins going to come? The Duke game is on the road and the easiest conference home date is against Maryland. Closing out at home against Vanderbilt will end things on a positive note.
100. Idaho 4-8
The Spring Call: The Vandals still don’t have a run defense, and it’ll show after starting out 2-0. With just two wins in the final ten games, a promising start will close out ugly with only wins over New Mexico State and Utah State to provide any highlights.
2011 Spring Preview
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