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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.
91. UL Monroe (8-5)
After a fun and interesting season that ended with a thud, the Warhawks have no excuse to not build on the 8-5 breakthrough season and do more. Eight starters are back to a big-time offense including quarterback Kolton Browning, who set the world on fire over the first few weeks of the season. Running back Monterrell Washington is also back to run behind a good-looking line with four starters returning, only losing guard Jonathan Gill. Top target Brent Leonard is a big loss, but Tavarese Maye and Je'Ron Hamm should be able to pick up the slack. The defense loses linebackers DaCorris Ford and R.J. Young, but that's it. The entire secondary returns, but needs to be far better, and interior pass rusher Gerrand Johnson is back up front to anchor a nice front three that started all underclassmen last season.
92. Arkansas State (10-3)
New head coach Bryan Harsin has a tough act to follow with Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn doing fantastic things with ASU over the last few years. He doesn't have the same team returning needing to replace all-star quarterback Ryan Aplin with either Phillip Butterfield or Fredi Knighten, and losing receivers Josh Jarboe and Taylor Stockemer is a problem, but the combination of David Oku and Frankie Jackson will keep the ground game moving. The line that was the key to the all the fun should be the best in the Sun Belt with four starters returning. The league's best scoring defense gets six starters back but needs more of a pass rush. Leading tackler Nathan Herold is done, but linebacker Qushaun Lee should have a big year. Tackle Ryan Carrethers and end Eddie Porter will anchor the front four, while three starters are back in the secondary. The nation's worst punting game has to find a replacement for Neely Sullivent.
93. Ball State (9-4)
While the results were there – going 9-4 with a bowl appearance, the defense was a disaster, especially against the pass. It'll all start with a front four that gets three starters back, but didn't get behind the line. The two starting linebackers have to be replaced, but all five starters in the secondary return. Quarterback Kelly Page is done, but Jahwan Edwards is one of the MAC's best running backs. The line needs rebuilding, but Willie Snead and the top receivers are back. The defense should be far, far better after a rough year helped by eight returning starters. The linebacking corps needs work after losing Travis Freeman and Tony Martin, but the front four is solid and the secondary will improve.
94. Buffalo (4-8)
The Bulls got off to an awful start but won three of their last four. Now the offense has to start producing, especially through the air, with ten starters returning including all the quarterback options. Alex Neutz is among the MAC's best receivers, but the key to the attack needs to be a healthy Branden Oliver and a running game that relied too much on the quarterbacks. Seven starters are back on defense led by linebacker Khalil Mack, who deserves preseason All-America consideration. All four starters are back in a secondary that finished second in the MAC in pass defense.
95. Kent State (11-3)
New head coach Paul Haynes has a tough act to follow. Not only are the Golden Flashes coming off their greatest season in school history, but they have a ton of work to do. The defense that was second in the MAC loses seven starters but gets back Roosevelt Nix up front. The loss of Dana Brown on the nose and Luke Batton will hurt, but the departure of three starters in the secondary will be a bigger problem. Dir archer is back to be the main man for a ground game that should be terrific, but David Fisher and Colin Reardon have to replace at quarterback Spencer Keith and three starters are gone up front.
96. Western Michigan (4-8)
Can the Broncos quickly rebound from last year's disaster? It was all supposed to come together, but instead the team went a horrendous 4-8 and never seemed able to find its groove. Gone is quarterback Alex Carder, but Tyler Van Tubbergen stepped in and showed he could produce. The big problem in on the O line with four starters gone, but there's enough depth at the skill positions to hope for a bit of a rebound. The defense wasn't anything special, but it certainly wasn't bad. With nine starters back including leading tackler, Johnnie Simon, and the entire defensive back eight, there's a chance this could be a special group. The big negative is on the end, with Freddie Bishop and Deauntay Legrier gone after doing their part to get into the backfield on a regular basis.
97. Wyoming (4-8)
Can Wyoming turn things back around after a strange and disappointing year? After a disastrous 1-7 start, the team suddenly found itself – and an easier schedule – with three straight wins before closing out with a loss to SDSU. The run defense couldn't slow anyone down, but it gets back eight starters including young middle linebacker Siaosi Hala'api'api and all four starters in the secondary. Quarterback Brett Smith is one of the league's best all-around playmakers, but he needs more time to operate behind a line that loses three starters. Running backs D.J. May and Brandon Miller return along with receiver Dominic Rufran, but leading target Chris McNeill is gone.
98. Central Michigan (7-6)
The strong season under Dan Enos that finished with four straight wins and victories in five of the last six games should keep on rolling. Seven starters return on both sides of the ball, but quarterback Ryan Radcliff has to be replaced. Cody Kater and Alex Niznak are each promising enough to keep the passing game moving, but they'll need help from an offensive line that has to replace three starters from a group that was terrific in pass protection. Zurlon Tipton will handle the running game, but he'll need room to move. The defense wasn't anything special, and it has work to do in the secondary and at defensive end. On the plus side, the entire linebacking corps is back. The special teams were a problem and need a boost.
99. Colorado State (4-8)
After all the drama throughout the 2011 offseason, and with a coaching change to deal with, the Rams struggled offensively and couldn't get into the backfield on defense. The offensive front has been the main issue for the program over the last few seasons, but with four starters returning there's no excuse to not be more consistent. Donnell Alexander and Chris Nwoke form a strong running back tandem, while top receiver Charles Lovett is back as a safety valve. Now it's up to the quarterback situation with 6-5, 220-pound Conner Smith getting the first look after pushing for the job late last year. Nine starters return to a very young and very promising defense. The entire linebacking corps took its lumps with three underclassmen starting, and now Cory James and Max Morgan should be among the league's top tacklers. In all seven underclassmen started last year on D, and now it's time to grow up.
100. New Mexico (4-9)
Just when it seemed like Bob Davie found something in his first year as the Lobo head man, the team couldn't seem to buy a break in a six-game losing streak to close things out. However, with running back Kasey Carrier returning to a dynamic rushing offense, and with four starters back to pave the way, it'll be pound, pound and pound some more. Quarterback Cole Gautsche needs targets to help ramp up the rocky passing game, losing Ty Kirk and Lucas Reed. The defense that struggled down the stretch has a ton of work to do replacing eight starters including linebacker A.J. Butler and nose tackle Reggie Ellis. Linebacker Dallas Bollema will be the main man to work around.