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2012 CFN Post-Spring Rankings - No. 91 to 100
Army QB Trent Steelman
Army QB Trent Steelman
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted May 6, 2012


Based on where we think the teams are going to end up, here are the CFN post-spring rankings - No. 91 to 100


CFN 2012 Post-Spring Rankings

No. 91 to No. 100


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.
 
100. Kansas
(2011 Record: 2-10, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 2-10)

Where are the wins going to come from? Charlie Weis is cleaning house and trying to get the right pieces in place to turn around the Jayhawk football program, but even with former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist taking over the reins and with a better passing game sure to come, it'll take several major upsets to be within ten miles of a winning record. KU should be able to start out 2-0 against South Dakota State and Rice, but the other non-conference game is at MAC champion Northern Illinois. Iowa State on November 17th is the best possible shot at another win with a brutal Big 12 slate to deal with. Even the potentially manageable games against Kansas State, Baylor, and Texas Tech are on the road with six of the final nine games away from Lawrence.

99. Troy
(2011 Record: 3-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


Can the almost always solid Trojans turn things back around and be in the hunt for the Sun Belt title again? The passing game will be great again with Corey Robinson bombing away and with eight other starters coming back on offense. The defense couldn't stop anyone last year, but that's nothing new after struggling so much over the last few seasons. The schedule isn't too bad, but several of the home games have to come against the Sun Belt big boys. For good and bad, the Trojans get Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, WKU and FIU at home. Win three of those and then it's Game On in the conference title chase.

98. Army
(2011 Record: 3-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 5-7)


The Knights should be better and this could be the best team Rich Ellerson has put on the field, but it'll still be a fight to get to a bowl game. QB Trent Steelman has been around long enough to be a master of the rushing game, but he needs to stay healthy and the ground attack will have to dominate with no passing game to speak of. The defense gets nine starters back, but there's no size whatsoever and it needs to be off the field as much as possible - that's where the running game and time of possession factors in. The big positive, though, is a schedule with only two true road games after the third week of the season including a terrific stretch of five home games in six weeks. The lone road trip in the middle of the season is at Eastern Michigan, but getting Boston College, Air Force, and Temple at home isn't going to be easy. 

97. Kent State
(2011 Record: 5-7, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


The Golden Flashes were solid in Darrell Hazell's first season, and now the potential is there to be even better with a defense that should be among the best in the MAC - even with five starters gone - while the mediocre offense should be more consistent with plenty of experience returning. The schedule is just light enough to potentially come up with a strong record. There's a rough run of five road games in seven weeks before finishing up with Ohio, arguably the East's best team. With a wee bit more from the offense, though, Hazell should be able to coax six wins out of the season.

96. Central Michigan
(2011 Record: 3-9, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


It's been a rough few years under coach Dan Enos, but that should start to change this season. This is when the payoff should come with Ryan Radcliff one of the MAC's most dangerous quarterbacks. He gets to work behind a veteran line and with most of the top targets returning. The entire defensive front is back along with most of the secondary, but there are miles to go to be decent. The first half of the schedule is a bear, and the record won't be anything special early on, but the run should come late with four home games in a five-week stretch before closing out at UMass.

95. San Jose State (5-7)
(2011 Record: 5-7, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


The final season in the WAC before jumping ship to the Mountain West should be a strong one. The 5-7 step forward last year under Mike MacIntyre was mostly because of the light schedule. This year the slate is even easier, but it'll take wins on the road to get to six victories. Over the second half of the season the Spartans have to deal with a run of three road trips in four weeks, but it's an easy run with UTSA, Texas State, and New Mexico State wrapped around a home game against Idaho. Winning all four is vital to be in the hunt for a bowl game. The passing game will be good and the defense should be solid if it can reload up front. It should make for an interesting season. 

94. Western Kentucky
(2011 Record: 7-5, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


Willie Taggart has done a phenomenal job of quickly turning around one of the nation's weakest programs, but can he and the Hilltoppers sustain the success without running back Bobby Rainey to carry the workload? He might be gone, but nine starters return on offense while the defense gets eight starters back. That should be just enough to get by the weaker teams in the Sun Belt, but road trips to Arkansas State, Troy, FIU, and Louisiana-Lafayette will be just enough to keep the team from making another huge leap forward. 

93. Wyoming
(2011 Record: 8-5, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 5-7)


Wyoming always seems to regress to the mean following a stunning, out-of-the-blue season. Quarterback Brett Smith is coming off a breakout season, but he can't play defense. The Cowboy line couldn't stop anyone's running game, and it's not going to be any closer to becoming a rock this year. That'll be a big, big problem with Texas, Nevada, Air Force, Fresno State, and Boise State all on the schedule before November. Things ease up a bit late, but the midsection could be just rough enough to keep the program from getting back to a bowl game.

92. Marshall
(2011 Record: 7-6, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 6-6)


One of the hottest teams in Conference USA over the last part of 2011, Marshall will have to get past the opening day game at West Virginia to go on a bit of a run to build up the win total early. This might not be a conference-title contending team, but it should be good enough to get through the UABs and Rices of the world - even though those two games are on the road - to get back to a bowl game. Most of the key skill players are back including starting QB Rakeem Cato and the rushing tandem of Tron Martinez and Travon Van. However, the line needs to be reworked and the defense has to try replacing pass rushing terror Vinny Curry. Just enough other key players are gone from the defense to keep the program from regressing, but this will be a building-block year for 2013. 

91. Bowling Green
(2011 Record: 5-7, 2012 Roughly Projected Record: 8-4)


Watch out. This should be the surprise team out of the MAC with a loaded offense and a defense that gets back ten starters for the 4-2-5 alignment. LB Dwayne Woods should be among the nation's most productive linebackers, while DT Chris Jones should be one of the MAC's best interior pass rushers. If the Falcons can beat who they're supposed to, they should be in the hunt for the MAC title with four of the final six games at home and with winnable road games against Akron and UMass.

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