2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... No. 91 to 105
Utah State QB Diondre Borel
Utah State QB Diondre Borel
Posted Feb 9, 2010

The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - No. 91 to 105

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Teams Ranked No. 91 to 105

CFN 2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings 
No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

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105. UTEP
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 103
Is this going to be the year that UTEP finds its footing, catches a break or two, and returns to the postseason? If so, it’ll need QB Trevor Vittatoe to recapture his sophomore form, RB Donald Buckram to repeat his tremendous 2009 performance, and the defense to make a stop from time to time. Mike Price desperately needs a turnaround to stem the tide of the last four years and get the locals excited again about Miner football.

104. Louisiana-Lafayette
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 92
2009 was the year. The team was experienced, talented, and had the opportunities there to get to a bowl game and make a big splash in the Ricky Bustle era. It’s not going to be time to undergo a major rebuilding job, but there’s work to be done on both sides of the ball and it might be even harder to make a dent in conference play with Troy and Florida Atlantic on the road and with the easiest non-conference game at Ohio.

103. Florida Atlantic
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 83
Last year was supposed to be when the team and the program hit its stride, and it didn’t happen. In 2010, FAU will show if it can rebuild and reload with massive changes needed to be made on offense while the defense has to find players who can do something productive. Jeff Van Camp had a nice second half of the season and should be a nice quarterback to work around, but the running game will be key. The schedule will be an issue with a trip to UAB the only possible non-conference win, if everything breaks right, while trips to Michigan State, USF, and Texas won’t be pretty.

102. ULM
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 78
If the issues on the offensive line are figured out with three replacements producing right away, this could be one of the sleepers in the Sun Belt race. There are just enough good players on both sides of the ball to hope for another .500 season, but it’s going to take some hole patching and a more productive overall year from QB Trey Revell to get over the hump and into a bowl game.

101. Buffalo
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 81
The offense should be more interesting under new head coach Jeff Quinn, who puts a premium on accurate playmaking passers. QB Zach Maynard has a world of upside and should grow into the role over the next three years under the new coaching staff. Five losses on offense, most notably WR Naaman Roosevelt, will sting, but the young defense of last year should be fantastic with eight starters returning led by NFL-caliber safety Davonte Shannon.

100. Kent State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 87
If Kent State could almost come up with a winning year with all the adversity it went through last year, getting through 2010 should be a breeze. The defense should continue to be among the best in the MAC, but it has to be better on a game-in-and-game-out basis. The key will be the emergence of Keith as even more of a star if QB Giorgio Morgan doesn’t return and take back the quarterback job by the horns. It’s a good situation for the coaching staff to have. Starting out with Murray State will help ease the way into the season, even with road games at Boston College and Penn State to follow.

99. Western Michigan
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 94
It’s time for life after QB Tim Hiller as Drew Burdi and Alex Carder fight it out for the starting quarterback job. If last year was supposed to be a rebuilding job in several areas, then the payoff should come this season, at least defensively, with a defensive front that started five underclassmen in the defensive front seven. The MAC West will be tough to get through and win with Northern Illinois and Toledo each expected to be solid, but Central Michigan should be back down to earth and WMU should be just good enough to get seven wins and get to a bowl game.

98. Arkansas State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 95
The key will be to settle the quarterback situation right away. Ryan Aplin took over late in the season, but Andre Smith might get a long look. With the departure of star RB Reggie Arnold, Aplin will have to be a top rushing option and should get time to work behind a veteran offensive line. The schedule is a bit easier with most of the tough Sun Belt games at home, but if the offense isn’t better, far better, it won’t matter. The defense won’t be as good and the O will have to pick up the slack.

97. Utah State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 93
The team made nice strides in the first year under Gary Andersen, and now the expectations will be there to flirt with a winning record thanks to the return of QB Diondre Borel and RB Robert Turbin in the backfield. The receiving corps could use a boost, but four starters return to the offensive front. The defense that was slowly built up under the old coaching regime should come through with a better performance with seven starters back. Going to Boise State and Nevada isn’t a plus in WAC play.

96. Washington State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 115
The only direction is up, right? Washington State simply can’t get any worse, but how much progress it shows in 2010 will determine whether or not Wulff returns for 2011. The good news is that the program has used a slew of underclassmen during the last two seasons, which has to start paying off eventually. Although Tuel offers a glimmer of hope, he’ll need a ton more help if the Cougars are even to get out of the Pac-10 cellar in the near term.

95. UAB
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 80
With QB Joe Webb, UAB was a competitive team that could hang with just about anyone in Conference USA. Now the Blazers must prove they can maintain that level of play without him. It won’t be easy. His successor figures to be redshirt freshman David Isabelle, who soaked up as much knowledge as possible in his final year as an apprentice. Like Webb at the same stage, he’s a gifted athlete, who needs to refine his passing skills before becoming a complete quarterback.

94. Ohio
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 41
Boo Jackson got a medical redshirt and is back at the helm this season. While there are some key losses at wide receiver and in the linebacking corps, this should be one of the league’s best teams again and should be in the hunt for the MAC title. With Central Michigan likely to take a step back, the field is wide open. With a little bit of tweaking the Bobcats can be right there.

93. Bowling Green
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 65
The defense might even be worse with the entire linebacking corps needing an overhaul to go along with the loss of three starters in the secondary. The offense will have to try to press on without long-time starter Sheehan under center and with Barnes off to the NFL. The offense will likely lean more on Willie Geter and the running game until possible starter Aaron Pankratz, a 6-6 bomber, gets settled in at quarterback, but overall, expect a step back with so much uncertainty.

92. Toledo
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 91
There was some turning around needing to be done, and it was a solid first-step season for Beckman. However, there are just enough key personnel losses to keep 2010 from being special, even with so many young players ready to do more after a year of experience. This is a decent year to try to make some noise in the MAC West, and while Toledo won’t be the favorite to win the division, it’ll be good enough to be in the hunt.

91. Northern Illinois
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 68
This was hardly a complete team, but it came up with a solid, successful season that should lead to much bigger things. Almost all of the key parts are back on offense while the defense can’t help but be better. With Central Michigan in a rebuilding mode, NIU should be the preseason favorite to win the West, and this year there won’t be any excuses. This team should be good enough to finally get over the hump to win the MAC title.

CFN 2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings 
No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC