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2014 CFN Preseason Rankings
Top 4 |
5 to 10 |
11 to 20 |
21 to 30 |
31 to 40 |
41 to 50 |
51 to 60
61 to 70 |
71 to 80 |
81 to 90 |
91 to 100 |
101 to 110 |
111 to 128
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one very important distinction in the CFN preseason rankings:
are based on how good the teams are going into the season and NOT
how they're going to finish. Some teams have easier
schedules than others, some get tougher road games and some will
need a little bit of time to jell, meaning they might be better than
their final record indicates. Going into the year, these are
how good the teams appear to be from No. 1 through 128.
110. Central Michigan
3 Best Players: 1) WR Titus Davis, Sr., 2) LB Justin Cherrocci, Sr., 3) OG Andy Phillips, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Secondary, 2) Receiver, 3) O Line
Spotlight Units: 1) Linebacker, 2) Special Teams, 3) D Line
The season will be a success if … the Chippewas get off to a hot start. With so much experience and potential, this should be a bowl team, but it’s going to take some work. It’s been the same stuff over the last few years – lose early, beat the bad teams late, and come up with a decent final record. It should be the same late with Eastern Michigan, Miami University and Western Michigan to close out, and having Chattanooga early helps, but there aren’t any true layups from in September and October.
3 Best Players: 1) RB Terry Baggett, Sr., 2) S Geoffery Bacon, Sr., 3) FB Larry Dixon, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Running Back, 2) O Line, 3) Quarterback
Spotlight Units: 1) Special Teams, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker
The season will be a success if … it’s off to the Locheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. an American Athletic team. That’s the Army bowl tie-in, and getting to a post-season game for the first time since 2007 is possible considering the new coaching staff and all the talent and experience returning. Beating Yale and Fordham have to be givens, even if the Rams are the stars of the Patriot League. It’ll take something special to be favored in any game other than, possibly, a road trip to WKU and possibly the home opener against Buffalo, but the goal has to be six wins. It’s time to start winning.
3 Best Players: 1) LB Tyler Matakevich, Jr., 2) QB P.J. Walker, Soph., 3) LB Nate D. Smith, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Running Back
Spotlight Units: 1) D Line, 2) Linebacker, 3) Special Teams
The season will be a success if … the Owls go 4-8, doubling their win total from a year ago. A small step, sure, but one the program can further build upon in 2015. Besides the Sept. 20 visit from Delaware State, Temple faces a tough road slate that includes trips to Vanderbilt, Houston, UCF and Penn State. Visits from Navy, East Carolina and Cincinnati will be tall orders, too. Beyond the record, the Owls are hoping to turn a couple of last year’s close calls into locker room celebrations.
3 Best Players: 1) LB Lee Skinner, Sr., 2) LB Blake Bean, Sr., 3) QB Joe Licata, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Special Teams
Spotlight Units: 1) Running Back, 2) O Line, 3) Receiver
The season will be a success if … the Bulls get back to a bowl game. Actually, that’s not a given just by getting to seven wins in the MAC, but as long as they come up with a winning season, it’ll be a big year considering consistency hasn’t been part of the program. It’ll be a total disappointment if the Bulls can’t come up with six wins with Duquesne, Norfolk State, Miami University, Eastern Michigan, Akron and UMass on the schedule. Coming up with a seventh win shouldn’t be a lot to ask for.
3 Best Players: 1) LB Jatavis Brown, Jr., 2) RB Jawon Chisholm, Sr., 3) LB Justin March, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Coaching
Spotlight Units: 1) Running Back, 2) O Line, 3) Special Teams
The season will be a success if … Akron wins six games. The potential and talent are there to do more, but six wins would make it the best season since winning the MAC title in 2005, and it would put the program in the mix for a bowl appearance. There are enough winnable games – barring a total disaster - to expect a base of four wins. It’s not asking a lot to figure out a way to get two more coming off a 5-7 season with a few near misses.
3 Best Players: 1) OT Terrence Jones, Sr., 2) DE Tyler Roberts, Jr., 3) QB Brandon Silvers, RFr.
Relative Strengths: 1) O Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
Spotlight Units: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) D Line
The season will be a success if … Troy wins the Sun Belt title. That’s a really, really lofty goal for a team that doesn’t play defense, but considering the schedule works out relatively well, and with the talent on offense including a great line, there’s no reason to not be right in the mix until the regular season ender against Louisiana-Lafayette at home. The Trojans can afford a loss at South Alabama as long as they win everything else, and if they beat the Jaguars, the narrative to the 2014 Sun Belt season will change.
3 Best Players: 1) DE Tarell Basham, Soph., 2) CB Devin Bass, Jr., 3) LB Ben Russell, Jr.
<Relative Strengths: 1) D Line, 2) Running Back, 3) Quarterback
Spotlight Units: 1) Receiver, 2) O Line, 3) Linebacker
The season will be a success if … Ohio wins the East. There might not be quite enough to win the conference title, but it’s an attainable goal. With a favorable schedule getting all the big games at home – the toughest conference road game is at Central Michigan – and with so many home dates in a row, it’s all there for the taking. The defense has to be tougher, and the offense needs the new skill guys to rock right away, but there’s just enough overall talent to be in the championship mix.
103. Arkansas State
3 Best Players: 1) LB Qushaun Lee, Sr., 2) CB Rocky Hayes, Jr., 3) FS Sterling Young, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary
Spotlight Units: 1) O Line, 2) D Line, 3) Receiver
The season will be a success if … the Red Wolves win the Sun Belt title. At this point, even with yet another coaching change, and even with eight starters gone on offense, and even with so many good, strong teams in the Sun Belt, and even with everyone gunning for them, if the Red Wolves don’t win the conference championship, the season will be a major disappointment.
102. Middle Tennessee
3 Best Players: 1) LB T.T. Barber, Jr., 2) SS Kevin Byard, Jr., 3) RB Jordan Parker, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) O Line
Spotlight Units: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams
The season will be a success if … the Blue Raiders win at least eight games for a third year in a row. This season in Murfreesboro is about continuing the winning climate and competing for a Conference USA title. The schedule won’t be too demanding, save for a visit from BYU and road trips to Minnesota and Marshall. And as one of the deeper programs in the league, Middle Tennessee ought to lock down a bowl berth by mid-November, with a couple of games to spare.
3 Best Players: 1) FS Triston Wade, Sr., 2) WR Kam Jones, Sr., 3) OG Scott Inskeep, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) O Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Coaching
Spotlight Units: 1) Receiver, 2) Linebacker, 3) Quarterback
The season will be a success if … UTSA makes its first postseason appearance. It’s the next logical step for a program that’s been steadily moving forward since first deciding to play football. The Roadrunners were good enough to bowl in 2013, but were technically ineligible in their second year of reclassification to the FBS. Now that the provisions have been lifted, and the roster is teeming with upperclassmen, UTSA is poised to still be playing in December.