2007 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings ... O Line

Posted Aug 9, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview Unit Rankings - Offensive Line Ranked 1 to 119

2007 CFN Unit Rankings

Offensive Lines

CFN 2007 Unit Rankings
2007 Preview | Offenses | Quarterbacks | Running Backs
Receivers | Defenses | Defensive Lines
Linebackers | Secondaries | Special Teams

1. Oklahoma
A major concern going into last year eventually turned into a phenomenal strength. Even with injuries and a little bit of shuffling, the line was killing defenses over the second half of last year. Now it's even better with what might be the best line in the Bob Stoops era. Obviously, he's had some decent ones over the years. Size, depth, athleticism, NFL skill, options, rising prospect, reliable veterans, this group has it all.

2. USC
Sure, there’ll be mild growing pains with two new starters, but if Drew Radovich and Jeff Byers can remain healthy and play up to their potential, any drop-off from last year will be subtle.  It helps that the Trojans won’t see a top-flight defensive line until the second half of the year. The anchor of the front wall will be senior left tackle Sam Baker, a two-time All-American and arguably the most complete lineman in the country this season.  Entering his fourth year as the starter, he’s the total package, a top pass protector and improving run blocker, who’ll begin the 2007 season in the best shape of his career.

3. Georgia Tech
If it's true that a veteran offensive line is the true key to a good team, than Tech should be fantastic. Pass protection will be a bit more of a premium without the mobile Reggie Ball under center anymore, but this group should be able to handle it. Getting the backups, especially on the inside, more meaningful work would be a big help going into next year. There isn't a lot of star power outside of Andrew Gardner, but there's so much experience, so much returning production and so much good depth that anything less than a big year will be a huge disappointment.

4. Ohio State
The Buckeye offensive line was overrated in past seasons, but not last year. Did you notice how much time Troy Smith had to throw on just about every play? You could've stood back there and waited for Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez to break open with the time the tackles provided. Yes, they were overwhelmed by Florida's speedy defensive front, but that was hardly the team's biggest problem in that game. There are three potential first round draft picks and a good anchor in Cordle to work around for the next several years.

5. Wisconsin
The left tackle situation, after losing Joe Thomas, will be more than fine with the combination of Jake Bscherer and Gabe Carimi getting the job done. Overrated throughout last year, the line will live up to its billing going into this year. Loaded with all-star candidates, and good backups ready to breakthrough, this is the strongest Badger line in several years.

6. Texas A&M
As long as injuries don't strike early on and the backups are allowed time to develop and see playing time, the line should be dominant. It's good in pass protection, great in the running game, and very experienced. It could stand to be a bit more consistent against the top teams, and this year, it should be.

7. Rutgers
Considering the job line coach Kyle Flood has done the last two years, he has more than enough returning talent in 2007 to whip this gang into a cohesive unit.  The Scarlet Knights will run and pass block equally well this fall, even if the underbelly is a little softer than it was a year ago. With Pedro Sosa and Jeremy Zuttah sealing off the edge, good luck getting pressure on Teel from the outside.  If opposing defenses want to disrupt the Scarlet Knight quarterback, they better be equipped with defensive tackles that can get penetration right up the gut.

8. Oregon State
The talent and experience is in place for Oregon State to be one of the Pac-10’s most dominant offensive lines.  Now they’ve got to go out and prove it against the league’s blue bloods later this year. The Beavers have a meat-and-potatoes crew that’s at its best when it lines up and simply jams the ball down the throat of opposing defenses. Yvenson Bernard is a quality back, but he wouldn’t be as effective running behind an ordinary line.

9. California
Cal does about as good a job as anyone coaching up its offensive linemen.  The line must replace Andrew Cameron and Erik Robertson, but does return three starters from one of 2006’s top units in the country.  Leading the way is junior Alex Mack, a first team All-Pac-10 selection and one of the premier centers in the country.  With Mack and Mike Gibson again playing like all-leaguers, the retooled line will mesh quickly, giving Nate Longshore and the backs the time and holes needed to make plays.

10. Boise State
The line is going to be a killer as is, but it could be truly special if Pete Cavender is 100%. Lucariello's knee injury threw a wrench into the overall plans, but this is still the WAC's best line and there isn't even a remotely close second. However, there can't be any more major injuries. This isn't just an overachieving group that happens to be good because it plays in the WAC; this line can beat up anyone. With four returning starters, there's no reason to expect a slip from last year.

11 Michigan 
12 Florida  
13 Missouri
14 Louisville
15 LSU
16 Maryland
17 Penn State
18 Vanderbilt
19 Arizona State
20 BYU
21 West Virginia
22 TCU
23 Wake Forest
24 Purdue
25 Texas  
26 Utah  
27 Arkansas  
28 Oklahoma State
29 Tennessee
30 Georgia
32 Minnesota
33 Fresno State
34 Alabama
35 Pitt
36 Virginia Tech
37 Nebraska
38 Oregon
39 Miami  
40 Washington
41 Notre Dame
42 Illinois
43 Clemson
44 Northwestern
45 Boston College 
46 Arizona  
47 Michigan State
48 Mississippi  
49 Virginia
50 Texas Tech
51 Washington State
52 Florida State 
53 NC State
54 Colorado  
55 Iowa  
56 South Florida
57 Kansas
58 Mississippi State
59 North Carolina
60 Auburn
61 Western Michigan
62 Hawaii
63 Syracuse
64 Stanford
65 New Mexico
66 Central Michigan 
67 Iowa State
68 South Carolina
69 Nevada
70 Indiana
71 Cincinnati
72 Duke
73 Houston
74 Baylor
75 Marshall
76 Kansas State
77 Northern Illinois
78 Southern Miss 
79 Toledo
80 UCF
81 Bowling Green
82 Ohio
83 New Mexico State
84 Kentucky
85 Colorado State
86 Wyoming 
87 Memphis
89 San Diego State
90 Ball State
91 Louisiana Tech
92 Connecticut
93 San Jose State
94 SMU
95 Miami Univ.
96 UL Monroe
97 Air Force
98 Navy
99 Rice
100 UTEP
101 Akron
102 East Carolina
103 Tulsa
104 Utah State
105 Kent State
106 Middle Tennessee
107 UL Lafayette
108 Tulane
109 Arkansas State
110 Troy
111 UAB
112 Temple
113 Idaho
114 FIU
115 Eastern Michigan
116 Florida Atlantic
117 North Texas
118 Army
119 Buffalo