2012 CFN Post-Spring Rankings - No. 101-112
UAB RB Greg Franklin
UAB RB Greg Franklin
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Posted May 4, 2012


Based on where we think the teams are going to end up, here are the CFN post-spring rankings - No. 101 to 112


CFN 2012 Post-Spring Rankings

No. 101 to No. 112


2012 CFN Post-Spring Rankings
(where the teams will end up)
- Top Ten | Rankings 11-20 | Rankings 21-30
- Rankings 31-40 | Rankings 41-50 | Rankings 51-60
- Rankings 61-70 | Rankings 71-80 | Rankings 81-90
- Rankings 91-100 | Rankings 101-112 | The Bottom 12

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Which teams looked great this spring? Which ones reloaded, rebuilt, and looked surprisingly sharp? Which ones struggled a bit and need more time and more practice time? These are the CFN Post-Spring Rankings based on where we think the teams are going to finish up when all is said and done. Part of the rankings are based on talent and potential, and part of them are based on schedules and what the teams might do. Coming later this summer are the CFN 2012 Rankings based on how good the teams are.

112. UAB
(2011 Record: 2-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 3-9)


The Blazers can breathe a sigh of relief for the moment. New head coach Garrick McGee is such a good prospect that he was considered by many to be the front-runner to take over the open Arkansas job after the Bobby Petrino fiasco. The offensive line has to replace four starters to try keeping solid quarterback Jonathan Perry upright, but the backfield should be terrific with Darrin Reaves and Greg Franklin a good tandem. The defense that was among the worst in college football has to undergo a complete overhaul, and McGee has to find production early on from the front seven. SE Louisiana and a home game against Memphis are two of the winnable ones, but this year will be about trying to build things up for McGee - if he's not coaching the Hogs next year at this time.

111. Rice
(2011 Record: 4-8, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 4-8)


The defense was a disaster last season with a horrible run defense and a leaky secondary. The offense isn't going to explode with four starters gone off the line, but the backfield should be solid led by QB Taylor McHargue. It's going to take a minor miracle to not be 0-5 getting out of September, but there's a little bit of a break with Memphis and UTSA to kick off October. Finding winnable games to get close to a winning season will be tough, needing a few big upsets to have any shot at home against league favorites Southern Miss or SMU.

110. UTEP
(2011 Record: 5-7, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 3-9)


The team should be better but the record probably won't be. The defense that couldn't stop the run should get steamrolled early on against Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin, and there aren't many breaks in Conference USA play having to go to East Carolina, Tulsa, Houston, and Southern Miss. The Miners have to hold serve at home as much as possible, but that'll be easier said than done facing two of the league's top contenders, UCF and SMU. Fortunately, getting New Mexico State, Tulane, and Rice at home should keep the year from being a total disaster. Four starters are back on the offensive front that has to come up with a great season.

109. Eastern Michigan
(2011 Record: 6-6, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 3-9)


Will Ron English be able to capitalize on the breakthrough 2011 campaign? No. The Eagles are probably going to be better, but the record won't reflect it. The offense ran well but struggled to score, and now it gets back four starters up front and all the key parts in the backfield. The defense has to do some retooling, but English appears to have stocked the shelves just enough to get by. However, the schedule isn't going to be a breeze by any stretch with Illinois State a good FCS team to battle and with Ball State, Kent State, Bowling Green, and Central Michigan far stronger.

108. Ball State
(2011 Record: 6-6, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 4-8)


The Cardinals had a nice first season under Pete Lembo, coming up with a 6-6 record with no defense and an inconsistent offense. However, the easy schedule had a lot to do with the nice record. This year it'll be tough to improve upon the success with four of the last five games on the road and with the five home games all tough. An improved Eastern Michigan isn't going to be a layup in the opener, while it'll take a shocker to beat South Florida, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, and Ohio. Even so, BSU should be just good enough to avoid a disastrous season; it just won't be a special campaign.

107. ULM
(2011 Record: 4-8, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 4-8)


Where are the wins going to come from? The defense was great last year, but that didn't translate into wins and now most of the top playmakers are gone. Can there be any more production from an offense that has a good group of skill players but a lacking line? Even if the Warhawks are better, it's going to be tough to come up with a record that shows it. Florida Atlantic and South Alabama have to be home wins, and it's going to take several upsets to have any dreams of a winning season. That'll mean a beating Tulane and Middle Tennessee on the road will be needed to avoid an 0-5 start.

106. North Texas
(2011 Record: 5-7, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 5-7)


The offense should rely a bit more on quarterback Derek Thompson and the passing game after losing star running back Lance Dunbar. The defense should be better up front, but the secondary will need time to retool and reload. This isn't the North Texas of the pre-Dan McCarney era, though, and it should be even more competitive and should be able to come up with a few shockers. But will the record be any better? That's a big question mark with only a few relatively easy home games and with dangerous road trips to Middle Tennessee, ULM, and Florida Atlantic to fight through.

105. Colorado State
(2011 Record: 3-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 4-8)


It's been a very, very rocky start for new head man Jim McElwain. First his talented quarterback, Pete Thomas, chose to transfer, and then came the ugliness of an alleged beating incident involving top defenders Nordly Capi and linebacker Mike Orakpo. The offense should still be solid thanks to McElwain - he should be that good - but the defense will be a work in progress. The schedule is more than manageable with no back-to-back road games and several relatively easy home dates against UNLV, New Mexico, Hawaii, and North Dakota State. However, this year should be a step back before potentially taking a big leap forward down the road.

104. New Mexico State
(2011 Record: 4-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 5-7)


It's time for the Aggies for finally take a big step forward. Coach DeWayne Walker has been building and rebuilding, but he has to replace most of the secondary and too many players on the D line. Even so, the talent level has improved and all the hard work should finally start to pay off a bit with winnable games against Sacramento State, New Mexico, UTSA, Idaho, and Texas State there for the taking. If the offense can play up to its potential - and that means QB Travaugh Colwell has to be ready to rock - six wins won't be out of the question.

103. Miami University
(2011 Record: 4-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 5-7)


There's hope for a big improvement with four starters returning on the offensive front and with the talented pitch-catch combination of Zac Dysert to Nick Harwell certain to be among the best in the MAC. Eight starters are back on defense, but unless the offense can be better and more consistent, it's going to be tough to get through a tough East schedule. There's a good chance for a hot start with Southern Illinois, UMass, and Akron early on, but a nasty midsection of road trips to Cincinnati and Bowling Green and a home date against Ohio should make or break the season.

102. Middle Tennessee
(2011 Record: 2-10, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


Can the Blue Raiders get off to a hot start to put the horrors of 2011 in the past? Yes, but it'll still take a major effort to be a player in the improved Sun Belt. Beating McNeese State and Florida Atlantic early will create a little bit of excitement before going to Memphis and with ULM on the horizon. However, a 4-1 start could quickly turn with five of the final seven games on the road including dates with FIU, Mississippi State, WKU and Arkansas State. The offense moved the ball last year but struggled to score; that'll change early on. The defensive front seven has to start from near-scratch.

101. Temple
(2011 Record: 9-4, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 3-9)


Be careful of what you wish for. Temple would've been one of the clear favorites to win the MAC, or at least the MAC East, but now it's going to have to deal with a Big East that should be a bit better than last year. The Owls were terrific by the end of last year, and coach Steve Addazio is doing a fantastic job, but too many key starters on defense are gone while the offense has to do some work to find a steady passing game. The bigger problem is a schedule full of landmines. Maryland isn't going to be pushover in non-conference play, and a run of four road games in fix weeks over the second half of the season could be a killer before closing out with Syracuse.

2012 CFN Post-Spring Rankings
(where the teams will end up)
- Top Ten | Rankings 11-20 | Rankings 21-30
- Rankings 31-40 | Rankings 41-50 | Rankings 51-60
- Rankings 61-70 | Rankings 71-80 | Rankings 81-90
- Rankings 91-100 | Rankings 101-112 | The Bottom 12