CFN 2013 First Look Rankings
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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.
101. Miami University (4-8)
How quickly can the team get past the big collapse? After losing the final four games and six of the last seven, the RedHawks have to gear it back up in a hurry around Austin Boucher, a good, veteran quarterback who should have no problems taking over for Zac Dysert. The offensive line couldn’t block anyone, but it was a young group that welcomes back four starters. Nick Harwell leads an outstanding receiving corps and starting running back Jamire Westbrook returns. The second-worst run defense in the nation needs better play out of Mwanza Wamulumba and Wesley Scott up front, and a pass rush has to emerge from some new sources on the outside. Three starters are back in the secondary and both kickers return.
102. Navy (8-5)
Navy righted the ship and got back to a bowl game, but it wasn’t quite the smooth ride it was expected to be. Sophomore-to-be quarterback Keenan Reynolds is the new star of the ground game, but he loses speedy Gee Gee Greene and Bo Snelson out of the backfield. Fortunately, fullback Noah Copeland is back to pound away behind a rebuilding line that loses the left side. The defense has to come up with a pass rush from somewhere, and while tough tackling linebacker Matt Warrick is gone and Rover Tra’ves Bush needs to be replaced, there are plenty of returning veterans. Unfortunately, Warrick, Bush, end Wes Henderson and linebacker Keegan Wetzel were the top playmakers in 2012, and they all need to be replaced.
103. Southern Miss (0-12)
After a strangely disastrous season, Todd Monken takes over the reins for a team that should’ve been in contention for the Conference USA title, but instead finished 0-12. The Golden Eagles have to replace just about everyone on the offensive front and need to find more playmakers for a passing game that finished 117th in the nation in efficiency. Quarterbacks Arsenio Favor and Anthony Alford return, but leading rusher Desmond Johnson is gone as is top targets Tracy Lampley, Quentin Pierce and Darius Barnes. The defense that’s used to being such a dominant force welcomes back nine starters, but do it all end Jamie Collins is a massive loss. Tackle Khyri Thornton is a good anchor to build around.
104. Western Kentucky (7-6)
In an almost impossible turn of events, Western Kentucky lost head coach Willie Taggart to South Florida and actually upgraded its coaching situation w ith Bobby Petrino coming in. It might be a one-and-done for Petrino, but he has good team returning as long as the quarterback situation is figured out. Kawaun Jakes is gone, tight end Jack Doyle will be missed, and the right side of the line has to be replaced after losing guard Adam Smith and tackle Seth White, but all-around yardage machine Antonio Andrews is back at running back and Willie McNeal should do more as the No. 1 wide receiver. The pass rush takes a massive hit with the loss of Quanterus Smith, but Andrew Jackson is an All-America caliber defender who’ll combine with Xavius Boyd to give the Hilltoppers one of the Sun Belt’s best linebacking corps. All four starters are back to a solid defense led by ball-hawking free safety Jonathan Dowling.
105. UNLV (2-11)
Head coach Bobby Hauck continues to fight the uphill battle of trying to make UNLV football relevant, and after yet another miserable season, he needs to find something that works this year out of a veteran team that gets 20 starters back. Ten starters are back on a baby-young D, but the one departure – weakside linebacker John Lotulelei – is a big one. Tim Hasson is a safety-sized linebacker who should put up big numbers, and with depth across the board, finding options won’t be a problem. Tim Cornett is a dangerous back who’ll be the focal point of the attack once again, but quarterback Nick Sherry has to make the job his after fighting through freshman year growing pains. Devante Davis is a big, talented young receiver.
106. Middle Tennessee (8-4)
8-4 wasn’t enough to get to a bowl game, with the 45-0 clunker against Arkansas State to close out the regular season not helping the cause. The offense ran well thanks to an offensive front that finished second in the nation in sacks allowed, and now it should be truly fantastic with four starters back, only losing center Micah James. Quarterback Logan Kilgore is an efficient, effective veteran who should do even more with Kyle Griswould and Christian Collis returning. Jordan Parker and Drayton Calhoun form a nice 1-2 rushing punch. The defense that had so many problems getting into the backfield returns nine starters, but it has to get more out of end Shubert Bastien with Omar McLendon gone on the other side. Leading tackler Craig Allen is back to lead an excellent linebacking corps and all four starters – three of them underclassmen last season – return to the secondary.
107. Hawaii (3-9)
Yes, Norm Chow’s first season – at least the first ten games - couldn’t have been more disastrous with just three wins and an offense that stunk from the start, but the production might quickly turn everything around with all 11 starters back. While experience is great, the same players that were awful last year have to suddenly become better at playing college football. Is Jeremy Higgins the answer at quarterback, or will Sean Schroeder get another shot? Billy Ray Stutzmann is a good receiver to ramp up the offense, while Joey Iosefa is a big back who should fit what Chow wants to do. Now the line has to block someone. The defense was a surprising bright spot, especially against the pass, and while corner Mike Edwards is leaving early for the NFL, eight returning starters including linebacker John Laurel and strong safety John Hardy-Tulian are excellent veterans to help keep the momentum going.
108. Troy (5-7)
Can Troy rebuild and get back to a bowl level in the same season? The new world of the Sun Belt should make it more interesting, losing several key teams to other leagues, but the Trojans have to replace seven starters from the league’s top offense. Fortunately, quarterback Corey Robinson is back to crank up the numbers for the nation’s eighth-best passing attack. But leading rusher Shawn Southward is gone along with leading receiver Chip Reeves. Even so, Eric Thomas and Bryan Holmes are back to give Robinson targets to work with. The biggest problem is the line that loses four starters. The defense that can’t seem to find much that works has to get more of a woeful pass rush. End Tyler Roberts has to become a factor, while linebacker Mark Wilson has to be one of the team’s leading tacklers to make up for the losses of Brannon Bryan and Kanorris Davis. Safety Brynden Trawick will be missed from a rocky secondary.
109. Army (2-10)
2012 was supposed to be when Army turned a corner and started to become more Navy-like. Bad defense, no passing game and an ill-timed fumble against the Midshipmen made the year a disaster, but there’s enough experience returning for Rich Ellerson to hope for a little more luck. Quarterback Trent Steelman and running back Malcolm Brown are gone, but second-leading rusher Raymond Maples is back along with center Ryan Powls and the right side of the line. The offseason will be about the fight between A.J. Schurr and Angel Santiago for the starting quarterback gig, but it would be nice if a receiver could emerge. The defense that couldn’t stop anyone from throwing deep or running up the gut gets back eight starters led by middle linebacker Geoffery Bacon, but the front three will be really, really small. Eight underclassmen started on D, and now it’s time to grow up.
110. Tulane (2-10)
There’s actually a little bit of a buzz with a halfway decent recruiting class expected to come in and with some nice pieces in place for head coach Curtis Johnson to work with. The offense didn’t quite click throughout last season, but it started to find something over the second half of the year. Unfortunately, quarterback Ryan Griffin is gone, but running back Orleans Darkwa returns along with four starters on the line and leading receiver Ryan Grant. The defense struggled, but safety Darion Monroe and linebacker Zach Davis are major positives returning. The defensive line has depth and options.