2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 110 to 119

Posted Aug 3, 2007

How do the teams rank from top to bottom going into the season? Here we go with the CFN Preseason Rankings from one to 119, starting out with The Bottom Ten, bottomed out by Carson Williams and Army, and going up from there.

2007 Preseason Rankings

The Bottom Ten - No. 110 to No. 119

These teams will have a hard time against just about everyone

There's one very important distinction in the CFN preseason rankings: these 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 might indicate. Going into the year, these are how good the teams appear to be from No. 1 through 119.

CFN 2007 Preseason Rankings
1 to 10 | 11 to 20 | 21 to 29 | 30 to 39 | 40 to 49 | 50 to 59
60 to 69 | 70 to 79 | 80 to 89 | 90 to 99 | 100 to 109

110. Florida Atlantic  
- Florida Atlantic Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... the Owls should be consistently decent with the quarterback situation settled, good players in place at receiver and running back, and a loaded defense that should be among the best in the Sun Belt. The linebacking corps should be fantastic, while safeties Kris Bartels and Taheem Acevedo are terrific. It'll be a shock if the Owls don't finish in the top two in the league in pass defense.
The ranking is too high because ... the offense still needs to find its stride. The offensive line is woefully undersized, sort of by design, and it needs to be far better at running the ball. While the defense should be fine against the pass, it'll be mediocre against the run. Unfortunately, the Sun Belt is all about stopping the run since no one throws it.
Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Secondary   
Relative Weaknesses:
Offensive Line, Special Teams

111. Idaho   
- Idaho Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... with a little bit of tweaking, new head coach Robb Akey could make the Vandals more than just respectable right now. The defensive back seven has tremendous pieces to work with, led by the linebacking duo of JoArtis Ratti and David Vobora. Corner Stanley Franks is one of the WAC's best, while safety Shiloh Keo is a big-time popping machine. Jayson Bird could be a star back if he can stay healthy.
The ranking is too high because ... the defensive line couldn't stop you and three friends from running the ball effectively. The quarterback situation, while promising, is up in the air with redshirt freshman Nathan Enderle, if he turns out to be the man, needing time. He's not going to get much help from a shaky receiving corps.
Relative Strengths: Running Back, Linebacker   
Relative Weaknesses:
Defensive Line, Wide Receiver

112. UL Lafayette  
- UL Lafayette Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... no one will stop the ground game. At least no one in the Sun Belt will. The trio of Tyrell Fenroy, Deon Wallace, and quarterback Michael Desormeaux should run wild behind a good enough offensive line to get the job done. The defense was one of the best in the league last year and should be decent against the run.
The ranking is too high because ... there won't be much of a passing game. While it might be effective from time to time, it's not going to scare anyone. Everyone knows what the Ragin' Cajuns are going to do, it's just a question of stopping it. The defense will be fine against the lesser passing teams, but should get torched by anyone who can throw consistently well.
Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback 
Relative Weaknesses:
Wide Receiver, Defensive Line

North Texas   
- North Texas Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... the defense should be good enough to be competitive in Sun Belt play until the offense comes around. The linebackers should be among the most productive in the league, while there are just enough good players on the line and in the secondary to hope for big things. The offense can't be any worse than it's been over the last two years, and it won't be with RB Jamario Thomas the centerpiece of the new spread attack.
The ranking is too high because ... the quarterback situation is shaky at best, and there might not be any semblance of a passing attack over the first half of the season. The receiving corps needs a lot of time with the only real playmakers coming in from the freshman class, while the line could be a nightmare early on. There's no established pass rusher on the front four.
Relative Strengths: Running Back, Linebacker 
Relative Weaknesses:
Offensive Line, Wide Receiver

114. Florida International   
- FIU Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... last year's defense might have been the best ever for a winless squad, and now seven starters are back. This was a team that should've turned a corner, lost a slew of tough early games, had the brawl against Miami, and then went totally into the tank. Eight starters are back on an offense that should get a breath of new life with the new coaching staff.
The ranking is too high because ... the two leaders of last year's team, LB Keyonvis Bouie and QB Josh Padrick, are gone. The passing game is all but starting from scratch, while the defense has to replace all three linebackers. The top four tacklers, along with the best pass rushers, need to be replaced.
Relative Strengths: Secondary, Defensive Line
Relative Weaknesses:
Quarterback, Wide Receiver

115. Eastern Michigan   
- Eastern Michigan Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... head coach Jeff Genyk has his best defense yet (which isn't saying much) with ten returning starters and an All-MAC caliber playmaker in linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw. The team wasn't all that far off from winning several games last year, and now with an improved team, the results should be better.
The ranking is too high because ... the skill positions are hardly settled. Andy Schmitt is a decent quarterback and Tyler Jones will find a spot somewhere, but the receiving corps needs an overhaul and there's no sure-thing back to carry the workload. It'll all be on the quarterback to carry the attack. The run defense has been non-existent over the last few years, and despite all the returning experience, the numbers probably won't improve drastically.
Relative Strengths: Special Teams, Quarterback  
Relative Weaknesses:
Wide Receiver, Running Back

116. Utah State  
- Utah State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... the Aggies have one of the most experienced teams in the WAC led by a quick defense with all 11 starters back. The offensive line should be just good enough to hope for more overall production from the skill players, with receiver Kevin Robinson a potential game-breaker to utilize.
The ranking is too high because ... the team still needs a lot of work. There was no offense last year, and the quarterback situation hasn't gotten much better. The defense might be full of veterans, but it's way too small all the way around. It'll be a shock if the Aggies are favored in any game.
Relative Strengths: Special Teams, Wide Receiver  
Relative Weaknesses:
Defense, Quarterback

117. Buffalo  
Buffalo Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... Turner Gill and his staff had the team playing hard throughout another down UB season, and now there are real, live offensive playmakers to win with, and the O line, while not all that talented, is at least full of big veterans. The defense isn't big, but it's extremely quick by MAC standards. The Bulls should be among the league leaders in tackles for loss and sacks.
The ranking is too high because ... big running teams should be able to pound away on the smallish UB front. While the offense should be better, the line is still in need of sure-thing producers to give everyone time to operate. The overall will and heart is there on both sides of the ball, but there are miles and miles to go before there's any dream of being a player in the MAC.
Relative Strengths: Offensive Backfield, Defensive Line   
Relative Weaknesses:
Offensive Line, Wide Receiver

118. Temple   
- Temple Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... the Owls are loaded with experience to fill the gaps, while a major infusion of talent from the latest recruiting class has upgrades the overall potential. The coaching staff isn't going to work miracles, but the first year in the MAC might be filled with several upsets if the mistakes are kept to a minimum.
The ranking is too high because ... if the true freshmen aren't stars right away, the production might not be all that much better. This was the worst offensive team in America and 117th in defense; there's still a lot of work to be done just to become respectable.
Relative Strengths: Quarterback, Wide Receiver   
Relative Weaknesses:
Linebacker, Lines

119. Army 
- Army Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
The ranking is too low because ... Carson Williams is a great quarterback prospect to build around, and he has a nice receiving corps to work with. There's just enough experience and size up front to not be a total pushover. Caleb Campbell will be one of the nation's best tackling safeties.
Relative Strengths: Special Teams, Offensive Backfield   
Relative Weaknesses:
Offensive Line, Linebacker


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