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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.
3 Best Players: 1) RB Joey Iosefa, Sr., 2) DE Beau Yap, Sr., 3) S Marrell Jackson, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Running Back
Spotlight Units: 1) Secondary, 2) O Line, 3) D Line
The season will be a success if … Hawaii wins five games. The winnable games are there. Northern Iowa, Wyoming and UNLV are all possible wins at home, and going on the road to face Rice and San Jose State isn’t bad. It’s going to take a few upsets to get close to five wins, and it’s going to take a major change in offensive production, but there has to be hope. 5-7 would be a springboard type of campaign, while anything less could mean a regime change.
99. Louisiana Tech
3 Best Players: 1) RB Kenneth Dixon, Jr., 2) CB Le’Vander Liggins, Sr., 3) DE/OLB Houston Bates, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Special Teams
Spotlight Units: 1) Quarterback, 2) O Line, 3) Linebacker
The season will be a success if … the Bulldogs grind their way to six wins and the school’s third bowl game since 2008. Now that Skip Holtz is in his second year, he and his staff will be in a better position to craft a .500 team out of the mix of returning players. The non-conference schedule is thorny, including trips to play Oklahoma, Auburn and UL-Lafayette. However, Conference USA has thinned out just enough for Louisiana Tech to scrape out the six wins needed to keep playing in December.
98. San Jose State
3 Best Players: 1) LB Christian Tago, Soph., 2) WR Tyler Winston, Soph., 3) DT Travis Raciti, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Quarterback
Spotlight Units: 1) Running Back, 2) D Line, 3) O Line
The season will be a success if … the Spartans win seven games and get to a bowl game. After getting snubbed last year for the post-season, six wins might not get it done. Making it a second winning season in three years would show staying power. It’s not going to be easy with eight bowl teams of last year – not including Nevada and a trip to Wyoming – to deal with, but if the defense is a bit stronger, and if the offense can keep up its production, this could be another decent year.
3 Best Players: 1) DE Eddie Yarbrough, Jr., 2) LB Jordan Stanton, Sr., 3) CB Blair Burns, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Linebacker, 2) Coaching, 3) D Line
Spotlight Units: 1) Running Back, 2) O Line, 3) Secondary
The season will be a success if … the Cowboys go bowling. With so much returning experience on defense, and with the new scheme likely to make up for the issue on offense, it’s not asking a lot to be one game better and become bowl eligible. Beating Air Force and starting out 3-2 – losing to Oregon and Michigan State on the road – will be vital, and taking care of business over the first half of the season by beating Hawaii in Honolulu and coming up with a win over San Jose State at home will take the pressure off. It could be rough with at Colorado State, at Fresno State, Utah State and Boise State all in a row. Going bowling could come down to a road game at New Mexico.
96. New Mexico
3 Best Players: 1) QB Cole Gautsche, Jr., 2) LB Dakota Cox, Soph., 3) DE Brett Bowers, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) O Line
Spotlight Units: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) D Line
The season will be a success if … the Lobos win five games. The schedule is too daunting in the midsection and there are too many tough road games to hope for a big breakthrough year, but if the defense can just be a wee bit better, and the key parts can stay healthy on offense, there's a chance to get by UTEP, at New Mexico State, at UTSA and Wyoming. Win those four, come up with an upset along the way, and all of a sudden there's hope for the future.
95. Air Force
3 Best Players: 1) C Michael Husar, Sr., 2) FS Christian Spears, Sr., 3) LB Joey Nichol, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) O Line
Spotlight Units: 1) D Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker
The season will be a success if … the Falcons get back to a bowl game. It’s vital to show that last year was simply a perfect storm of bad play and poor production, and with this schedule, there’s absolutely no excuse not to come up with at least six wins. Nicholls State and Georgia State are free spaces, and getting New Mexico at home can’t be a problem. Win those three, and automatically the season is an improvement on 2013. Beat Army come up with at least one home win over Navy, Nevada or Colorado State, and come up with a road victory against a UNLV or Wyoming, and it’s back to the post-season and all will be right with the world.
3 Best Players: 1) WR Geremy Davis, Sr., 2) CB Byron Jones, Sr., 3) RB Lyle McCombs, Sr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Secondary, 2) Linebacker, 3) Quarterback
Spotlight Units: 1) O Line, 2) Running Back, 3) D Line
The season will be a success if … UConn reaches six wins to squeak out a bowl berth. This is not the old Big East. It’s a watered-down version of the old league. A rich-man’s Conference USA, if you will. Even as the Huskies rebuild around a new staff, reaching .500 during the regular season is not unreasonable. They’ve got seven games at Rentschler Field, and only one nasty road game, the Oct. 23 trip to East Carolina. If the players buy in to head coach Bob Diaco, UConn has a shot of playing a bonus game in December.
3 Best Players: 1) FS Demarco Nelson, Sr., 2) S Michael Mudoh, Jr., 3) WR Keyarris Garrett, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Secondary, 2) D Line, 3) Receivers
Spotlight Units: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Special Teams
The season will be a success if … the Hurricane makes a return engagement to the postseason. Sure, Tulsa failed epically by going 3-9 in a year that it believed it could win back-to-back Conference USA titles. But this program knows how to win and it returns a ton of veterans. Not only will it play this season with something to prove, but it’ll do so against a relatively manageable, save for a Sept. 6 visit from Oklahoma and a wicked three-game stretch to close out the regular season
3 Best Players: 1) CB Lorenzo Doss, Jr., 2) NB Darion Monroe, Jr., 3) S Sam Scofield, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Secondary, 2) Quarterback, 3) D Line
Spotlight Units: 1) Receiver, 2) O Line, 3) Linebacker
The season will be a success if … the Green Wave reaches six regular season wins in its debut in the American. Yeah, it’s a bit of a stretch considering the tougher schedule, but Tulane needs to aim a little higher now that it’s tasted the postseason for the first time in more than a decade. This isn’t the kind of program that can withstand retreats or lapses in progress. The Green Wave has to capitalize on last fall by playing like a team that needs to be considered as a perennial postseason threat.
3 Best Players: 1) WR Devante Davis, Sr., 2) OT Brett Boyko, Sr., 3) S Peni Vea, Jr.
Relative Strengths: 1) Receivers, 2) Secondary, 3) O Line
Spotlight Units: 1) Running Back, 2) D Line, 3) Linebacker
The season will be a success if … UNLV gets to six wins. Coming up with another winning season will take a few upsets and a couple of shockers, but after getting to a bowl game last year, a losing campaign will be a big letdown - but 6-7 wouldn't feel that bad. Can the defensive front seven come together in a hurry? Can Nick Sherry come up with a big season under center? Can Tim Cornett be replaced? This might not be the most complete team in the Mountain West, but the program is far better and stronger than it was a few years ago. Six wins, considering all of the question marks, would be solid.