2011 Spring Preview
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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
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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
101. Kansas 1-11
The Spring Call: The young Jayhawks have plenty of prospects returning, but where are the easy wins for Turner Gill? Northern Illinois? Probably the best team in the MAC. At Georgia Tech? At Iowa State? Kansas State? It’ll be a shocker if KU comes up with more than three wins, and it won’t.
102. Rice 3-9
The Spring Call: The Owls are going to be a whole bunch of fun, but they’re not going to have the record to show it. There aren’t any breaks in the non-conference schedule, and while Rice will take care of the three easy conference games against Memphis, UTEP and Tulane, there will be problems against everyone else in league play. However, expect shootouts.
103. Utah State 4-8
The Spring Call: The Aggies should be interesting with RB Robert Turbin back and healthy, and with a slightly better but undersized defense, there should be a few wins and a more competitive season. There won’t be any consistency, though, with no winning streaks.
104. Florida Atlantic 3-9
The Spring Call: The Owls don’t have the talent level of the better Sun Belt teams, and after a nasty 0-5 start to the season, they’ll come up with a few midseason wins to make them think they can turn things around. They won’t. A four-game losing streak will end with the regular season finale victory over ULM.
105. Eastern Michigan 4-8
The Spring Call: It’s not going to seem like much, but Ron English’s team will finally,finally show a sign of life with four wins thanks to games against Howard and Alabama State to start the year, and a 1-0 MAC start beating Akron. The rest of the year will be rough with a home win over Ball State, coming off a bye-week, the only other victory.
106. Memphis 2-10
The Spring Call: The Tigers will be better than they were in their disastrous 2010, but it won’t show up in the record books and an early loss at Arkansas State will sting. There isn’t an easy Conference USA game outside of the home date with UAB after a week off, but that will be the lone high point in league play.
107. Tulane 2-11
The Spring Call: Bob Toledo is trying to revive the Green Wave, but he’s not having too much luck. The problem will be the road games with winnable battles against UAB, Duke, Army and Rice all losses since they’ll be on the road. Forget having much luck over the second half of the year with four road games in the final five weeks. At least the season finale is like a bowl game at Hawaii.
108. Wyoming 3-9
The Spring Call: Where are the easy wins besides Weber State and Texas State to start and with New Mexico in mid-November? Winnable games against Bowling Green, Utah State, and Colorado State will be losses on the road.
109. UTEP 2-10
The Spring Call: The Miners have a major rebuilding job to do, and it won’t help playing a schedule with few breaks after mid-September. After beating Stone Brook and New Mexico State for a 2-1 start (with a loss at SMU along the way), there won’t be any fun the rest of the way with the two relatively easy games against Tulane and Rice on the road. Southern Miss, East Carolina, and Tulsa will all roll at will over the second half of the year.
110. Middle Tennessee 3-9
The Spring Call: The Blue Raiders will struggle early on with four straight losses and five losses in the first six games, and there won’t ever be any sort of a run or any sort of consistency. Closing out with a win at North Texas will end things on a good note, but it’ll be a disappointing year.
111. North Texas 3-9
The Spring Call: Under Dan McCarney the Mean Green will become more consistent and will turn things around … next year. An 0-5 start will end with a home win over Florida Atlantic, and the team will be better in Sun Belt play, but it won’t been enough to overcome an awful September.
112. Buffalo 2-10
The Spring Call: The Bulls get a layup against Stony Brook and they get Akron at home, but that’s it for the breaks with Ball State and Eastern Michigan on the road. They’ll play well at times, but they’ll lose several close games.
113. Louisiana 3-9
The Spring Call: The Ragin’ Cajuns will come up with a nice home win over Florida Atlantic early on, and they’ll beat North Texas at home, but that will be it before going on a five-game losing streak to close things out. Four of the last five games are on the road while the home game will be a rivalry loss to ULM.
114. Akron 2-10
The Spring Call: The Zips can’t look any worse than they did in Rob Ianello’s first season, and they’ll be more competitive. However, they won’t come up with much success with an 0-7 finish including an ugly loss at Buffalo.
115. San Jose State 2-10
The Spring Call: The Spartans will be far, far better in Mike McIntyre’s second season, but there won’t be enough breaks in the schedule to show it. Winnable games against San Jose State an Utah State are on the road, while there aren’t any sure-thing non-conference wins.
116. UAB 2-10
The Spring Call: The Blazers are going to struggle through a tough schedule, and while there will be a nice home win early on against Tulane, there won’t be a whole bunch of fun until the season finale against Florida Atlantic. The easiest two games between the two victories are against Memphis and Troy, and those two are on the road.
117. New Mexico 2-10
The Spring Call: It’s going to be another rough year for Mike Locksley as his team tries to find an identity. Beating Colorado State at home in the opener is a must, but it won’t happen. UNLV is a possible win, but that’s not going to happen, either. The fun will come with back-to-back wins over Sam Houston State and New Mexico State.
118. Western Kentucky 2-10
The Spring Call: Willie Taggart’s club has a star running back in Bobby Rainey and a slew of good veterans, but the schedule doesn’t offer any breaks with several winnable Sun Belt games on the road. Will the Hilltoppers beat FIU or Troy at home? No, and they won’t be able to deal with Middle Tennessee, North Texas, or ULM on the road.
119. Ball State 1-11
The Spring Call: New head coach Pete Lembo will be jacked up for the MAC opener against Buffalo, and that’ll be the end of the fun with nine straight losses to close things out including a gack against Eastern Michigan. The easiest non-conference game is against Army … oops.
120. New Mexico State 0-12
The Spring Call: If the Aggies can’t come up with a win in the home opener against Ohio, or if they can’t pull off a win in WAC play against teams like Idaho or Utah State at home, it’s not going to be pretty. Winnable games against San Jose State and New Mexico are on the road.
2011 Spring Preview
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