2013 CFN First Look Rankings - The Bottom Six
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Posted Jan 29, 2013


The first look at the rankings for the 2013 college football season. ... The Bottom Six.


CFN 2013 First Look Rankings

The Bottom Six


2013 CFN First Look Rankings
The Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70
- 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100 | 101-110 | 111-120 | The Bottom 6

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It might seem way too early, but considering the returning starters and all the other factors before Signing Day and spring ball, where does everyone stand? Here's CFN's first look at all the teams for 2013. The First Look Ranking is based on how good the teams appear to be at the moment.

121. Florida Atlantic (3-9)

Carl Pelini came up with a few decent changes in his first year at the helm, but there’s still a long way to go before the Owls become merely average. The offense was the worst in the Sun Belt in yards and points, while the defense was at the bottom in sacks and run defense. Eight starters return on defense, but leading tackler Brent Harstad and linebacker David Hinds are gone. Randell Johnson and Cory Hendry have to provide more of a pass rush, but the secondary should be a positive. Quarterback Stephen Curtis will get the first shot to jumpstart the woeful offense, while the combination of Jonathan Wallace and Damian Fortner will handle the running game behind a rebuilding O line.

122. Massachusetts (1-11)

It was a rough, rough first season at the FBS level with just one lonely win over Akron, and it’s still going to take some time and effort to get the program to a competitive place. Six starters are gone off an offense that fizzled all season long, cranking out more than 22 points just once. The quarterback situation between A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn has to be settled, and more dangerous weapons have to emerge in a rebuilt receiving corps. The defense struggled way too much to get off the field, and now it has to fill in the gaps in the interior and loses middle linebacker Perry McIntyre. Three starters are back in the secondary.

123. South Alabama (2-11)

The Jaguars had a rough first season at the big level, only coming up with wins over Nicholls State and Florida Atlantic, but there’s hope with 18 starters returning. The running game needs leading rusher Demetre Baker back, but the backfield is full of veterans with Kendall Houston and T.J. Glover back. Quarterback Ross Metheny had a decent season, but he has to cut down on his interceptions with all the top receivers returning. The line returns three starters, but they were underclassmen and they’re decent ones to build around. The defense had a few nice moments overall and should get more production into the backfield with the return of end Alex Page. Linebacker Jake Johnson is gone, but Enrique Williams is a good tackler and should be one of the Sun Belt’s top hitters. The secondary will be a strength despite the loss of free safety B.J. Scott.

124. New Mexico State (1-11)

A strong case could be made that NMSU was the worst team in college football last season, and now it’s up to Doug Martin to try making something out of a program without a home after the WAC fell apart. The first goal will be to find something that works, and it has to start with both lines. There wasn’t any pass rush, and it won’t help to lose end Donte Savage or middle linebacker B.J. Adolpho. Three starters return to a mediocre secondary that didn’t get any help from the front seven. The offense has to protect big bomber Andrew Manley after the line got him crushed. Four starters are back along with top receiver Austin Franklin to hop for an immediate improvement. Backs Germi Morrison and Tiger Powell will handle the running game.

125. Idaho (1-11)

New head coach Paul Petrino has to try to breathe life into a program that wasn’t wanted after the WAC crumbled, and starting out with a better offense would be a plus. The Vandals ranked dead last in the nation in scoring, but that might change right away with nine starters returning including starting quarterback Taylor Davis and four starters on the line. However, the woeful running game won’t have Ryan Bass anymore, relying mostly on James Baker. The defense wasn’t any better, giving up over 42 points per game, but most of the front four is back. End Benson Mayowa is done along with leading tackler, free safety Gary Walker, but the biggest loss is on special teams with punter Bobby Cowan done.

126. Georgia State (1-10)

After going 1-10 with the only win coming against Rhode Island, new head coach Trent Miles has to hope that the building job done over the last few years will finally start to pay off with the move up to the Sun Belt. Ten starters return to an offense that couldn’t run the ball, but Travis Evans, who took over late in the year when leading rusher Donald Russell was out, is back to run behind a line that gets all five starters back. Quarterback Ben McLane threw way too many interceptions as a freshman, but he has a year of experience and has a nice receiver to go to in Albert Wilson. Leading tackler Joseph Peterson is back after a strong freshman season at inside linebacker, but the defense needs to find some semblance of a pass rush with the entire two deep returning up front. All the corners are back to provide a nice rotation for a senior-laden group.