2008 Pre-Preseason Rankings - No. 101 to 119
Kent State QB Julian Edelman
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Posted Jan 17, 2008

The very, very early look at the teams going into the off-season - No. 101 to 119

CFN 2008 Pre-Preseason Rankings

No. 101 to 119

- 2008 Top 25 | No. 26 to 50 | No. 51 to 75 | No. 76 to 100
- 2007 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings

101. Memphis
  2007 Record: 7-6
2007 was a bit of a mirage beating a lot of really bad teams while losing to almost everyone with a pulse. If Will Hudgens can build on what Martin Hankins did at quarterback, the offense should be fine with Duke Calhoun and Earnest Williams a strong 1-2 receiving punch. The defense loses a few linebackers and CB LaKeitharun Ford, but there's no excuse to not come back better.

102. Louisiana Tech  2007 Record: 5-7 
Derek Dooley had a nice first season to get the program off the mat, and now he has to show he has the young players ready to step in and shine with the loss of most of the defensive front seven, both offensive tackles, and QB Zac Champion. The offense will revolve around Patrick Jackson and the running game.

103. Kent State   2007 Record: 3-9
When 6-0, 195-pound QB Julian Edelman is healthy, the offense rocks. If he's banged up again, there will be problems. 5-5, 170-pound Eugene Jarvis might also be wee, but he'll be one of the nation's leading rushers behind a good O line. Even though the receivers aren't used, they're experienced. Nine starters return on defense, but losing NT Colin Ferrell hurts.

104. Akron   2007 Record: 4-8
Losing seven starters on defense isn't a positive, but the offense should be better if experience counts. Getting more consistent quarterback play is a must with the battle between Chris Jacquemain and Carlton Jackson the key to the off-season. Eight starters return, but there's no replacing WR Jabari Arthur.

105. Middle Tennessee   2007 Record: 5-7
The perennial underachieving program has the pieces in place to finally, finally get over the hump and win the Sun Belt title with QB Dwight Dasher back to battle with Joe Craddock working behind an O line that should be good, even with Franklin Dunbar leaving early for the NFL. The big problem will be at defensive end with the loss of Tavares Jones and Erik Walden, and losing FS Damon Nickson isn't a plus.

106. Arkansas State   2007 Record: 5-7
ASU was close to being a major Sun Belt player in 2007, and will be one of the early favorites with QB Corey Leonard and RB Reggie Arnold likely to be among the nation's most productive backfield tandems. One problem: the O line. A strength in the Steve Roberts era, it now has to start from near-scratch. The secondary won't be able to replace star safeties Tyrell Johnson and Khayyam Burns.

107. Rice   2007 Record: 3-9
The team just started to rock and roll by the end of the season, and now the hope will be for an explosive 2008 with QB Chase Clement returning along with WR Jarett Dillard and RB Justin Hill. Three starters return on the O line, while seven starters are back on defense including MLB Brian Raines. The big issue will be on the inside losing tackles George Chukwu and Jonathan Cary.

108. New Mexico State  2007 Record: 4-9
It's time for the Aggies to combine all the big passing production with wins. It's the fourth season in the Hal Mumme era, and it should be a blast with QB Chase Holbrook back along with most of the stars in the receiving corps, led by diminutive receiver Chris Williams. The defensive line will be the biggest concern losing depth along with two starters.

109. SMU   2007 Record: 1-11
June Jones is walking into a fantastic situation with Justin Willis one of Conference USA's best quarterbacks and almost all the receiver talent returning. The defense, especially the line, was extremely young last year and can only be better. The running backs are better than anything Jones ever had in Hawaii.

110. Eastern Michigan   2007 Record: 4-8
If a team can be on the upswing with a 4-8 record, this is it. The Eagles lose a few offensive linemen and RB Pierre Walker, but QB Andy Schmitt should blossom and provide more pop. The defensive line will be the early concern with top tackle Jason Jones gone, but LB Daniel Holtzclaw is back along with the rest of the back seven.

111. Tulane   2007 Record: 4-8
Matt Forte isn't around to carry the offense anymore so head coach Bob Toledo might actually have to incorporate some semblance of a passing game. It'll be a three-way battle at quarterback this spring between Anthony Scelfo, Kevin Moore and Scott Elliott, but now some reliable targets have to emerge. Losing strong defensive tackles Antonio Harris, Avery Williams and Frank Morton will be a problem.

112. UAB   2007 Record: 2-10
The hope will be that last year was a learning experience all the way around in Neil Callaway's first season at the helm. With Sam Hunt gone, the quarterback job is all Joseph Webb's ... maybe. Webb might stay at receiver. There are a few concerns at guard and free safety, where Will Dunbar will be missed, but for the most part the experience is there. Talent is the question.

113. UL Monroe  2007 Record: 6-6  
Can the Warhawks finally match up a good first half of the year with a strong second half? RB Calvin Dawson is gone, but QB Kinsmon Lancaster returns along with quick back Frank Goodin. The offensive line has holes, both starting corners have to be replaced, PK Cole Wilson is gone and new tackles need to be found. 

114. UL Lafayette   2007 Record: 3-9  U
QB Michael Desormeaux is back for what seems like his 19th season in the Ragin' Cajun offense, and Tyrell Fenroy is a lock for at least 1,000 yards. Four starters are back on the O line, the entire receiving corps is back, and the linebacking corps should be tremendous. The secondary will be the big problem early on, especially if the production of linemen Rodney Hardeway and Korey Raymond can't be replaced.

115. Army
   2007 Record: 3-9
Stan Brock's first season had its moments, and now he has to hope promising QB Carson Williams finally plays up to his billing. The loss of WR Jeremy Trimble is devastating; receiving talents like him don't hang around the program. Three starters, all in the interior, are gone off the offensive line. Defensively, three starters are gone off the secondary, including tackling-machine safety Caleb Campbell, while two starters are gone off the line along with MLB Brian Chmura.

116. North Texas  2007 Record: 2-10
The first year of the Todd Dodge era didn't yield much in the way of results, but it sure was fun. QB Giovanni Vizza learned the ropes in an inconsistent freshman season, and now he should be among the nation's passing leaders with top receiver Casey Fitzgerald returning along with the entire offensive line. The problem is the defense which loses just enough key pieces to potentially be even worse ... if that's possible.

117. Idaho   2007 Record: 1-11  UU
Things can't be much worse after a rough first year under Robb Akey, and with everyone returning on offense, they won't be. The defense has to replace a few starters in the back seven, but there's a good chance for a night-and-day turnaround if all the experience translates into production.

118. Utah State  2007 Record: 2-10  UU
The Aggies played hard in yet another ugly season record-wise, and now the hope will be for Derrvin Speight to have a big year running behind a potentially decent offensive line. Losing do-it-all receiver/returner Kevin Robinson is a killer, and replacing QB Leon Jackson isn't a plus. The defense gets everyone back but DT Frank Maile.

119. Florida International   2007 Record: 1-11  U
Mario Cristobal's first year got better as it went on, and now all the lumps taken should payoff with ten starters returning on offense and eight on defense. Can QB Paul McCall finally get the passing game going? Will A'Mod Ned and Julian Reams provide a running game? The Golden Panthers won't win the Sun Belt, but they'll be better.

- 2008 Top 25 | No. 26 to 50 | No. 51 to 75 | No. 76 to 100
- 2007 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings