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2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... No. 76 to 90
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Posted Feb 9, 2010


The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - No. 76 to 90

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Teams Ranked No. 76 to 90


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

- 2009 CFN Final Rankings
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- 2010 CFN Recruiting Rankings  

90. San Diego State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 96
Brady Hoke’s team needed more consistency on both sides of the ball, and it should get it with QB Ryan Lindley returning to lead a veteran offense with seven starters not including the expected return of Vincent Brown, the star receiver who missed the second half of the year with a torn thumb ligament. Six starters return on defense, and the lost starters won’t be sorely missed. The schedule starts out nice getting Nicholls State, at New Mexico State, and Utah State, along with a date at Missouri, in the first four games. In conference play, the Aztecs have to go on the road to face BYU and TCU.

89. SMU
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 61
With June Jones at the controls, SMU appears to be on the tarmac and preparing for lift-off. Now that two recruiting classes are in Dallas and a talented gunslinger is at quarterback, Kyle Padron, the coach has the parts he needs to take the next step and win a Conference USA title. If coordinator Tom Mason can keep the defense from being a liability, there’s no reason the Mustangs can’t make postseason games an annual ritual.

88. Vanderbilt
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 106
Will the Commodores finally be able to put up points on the board? The offense only gets back six starters and doesn’t have a bunch of firepower, but it welcomes back exciting RB Warren Norman. The defense is a bigger issue with just four starters returning. With the SEC looking to be far better than it was last year, this should be a rough year to get through the conference slate with any more than an upset win, while the only sure-thing non-conference win will be at Eastern Michigan.

87. UNLV
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 88
Former Montana head coach Bobby Hauck should provide a big boost for the stale UNLV program, and he has a ton of experience to work with. Nine starters are back on offense including QB Omar Clayton, while the defense gets back six starters in the back seven and two starters up front. Unfortunately the non-conference schedule isn’t going to be a plus with Wisconsin, at Idaho, Nevada, and at West Virginia to deal with, but there’s a fun trip at the end of the season to Hawaii. The TCU and Air Force games are at home, but the BYU and Utah dates are on the road.

86. Colorado State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 101
After last year’s collapse and disaster, getting off to a hot start will be a must. If the Rams can beat another mediocre Colorado team and can get by a road game at Nevada, no small task against an incredible ground game, a 4-0 start is possible with Miami University and Idaho to follow. The offense loses most of the line and help is needed in the passing game. The defense should be better and will be far more experienced with nine starters returning.

85. Hawaii
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 77
2009 was supposed to be mediocre with a rough schedule and a lot of turnover as the program still tries to get past the June Jones era, and the team rallied to get within a win against Wisconsin of getting to a bowl game. The 2010 team should be a bit stronger with Greg Salas leading a loaded receiving corps with everyone returning and Bryant Moniz and Shane Austin battling it out for the starting quarterback spot. The Warriors are always great at filling in the gaps in a hurry, but there aren’t many huge problems this year.

84. Temple
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 60
Head coach Al Golden is still running the show after being rumored for several other jobs, and all the young talent he brought in over the last few years should pay off in an even stronger season with even more pop on offense and just as much production on defense. While Ohio might be the early favorite to win the MAC East, Temple will be neck-and-neck in all the preseason prognostications with a team more than strong enough to win the conference title.

83. Idaho
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 56
After the breakthrough season, the Vandals will be the target instead of being the little engine that could. The schedule early on doesn’t do many favors with the supposedly easy non-conference games against Colorado State and Western Michigan on the road. QB Nathan Enderle leads a veteran offense that gets most of the skill players back, but loses most of the line. The defense can’t help but be better with ten starters returning led by Shiloh Keo, the best safety you probably haven’t seen. The Vandals won’t win the WAC, but there’s no excuse not to be back in a bowl.<

82. UCF
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 53
Is UCF capable of ditching the even-year jinx? A lot will depend on the development of QB Rob Calabrese, who took a backseat to Brett Hodges in his second year. The defense will have to overcome some heavy losses along the front seven, putting even more weight on DE Bruce Miller and LB Lawrence Young. Harvey will once again spearhead an offense that will spend the offseason making sure the sophomore gets enough help from the passing game.

81. Virginia
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 107
This mess at Virginia is now in the hands of Mike London, a former Al Groh assistant and the head coach of 2008 FCS national champ, Richmond. Naturally, he has to upgrade the talent in order to become more competitive, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Cavs have no proven playmakers returning, but with London comes new hope and a promise that the defense will remain the backbone of the program. In two seasons as a defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007, he had Virginia playing some of the best D in the ACC.

80. Louisville
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 86
There’s absolutely no reason this program can’t once again be where Cincinnati, Pitt, and West Virginia are today. It’s just going to take time to build everything back up, especially with mediocre personnel for new head man Charlie Strong to work with. Long considered one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators and an ace recruiter, he brought in a terrific class this year and appears to have things pointed in the right direction. Strong will have access to one dynamic playmaker that Steve Kragthorpe saw sparingly last fall—RB Victor Anderson. The Cardinals best offensive weapon, he was injured for most of 2009, but will be 100% in time to be the workhorse for the new staff.

79. Southern Miss
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 58
With Austin Davis back behind center, DeAndre Brown at receiver, and Tracey Lampley taking over in the backfield, the Southern Miss offense will be exciting if the JUCO-infused line performs. Head coach Larry Fedora, however, needs to plug the holes on a defense that’ll have no excuses in 2010. The Eagles will have their sights fixed on getting off seven wins and getting past East Carolina in the division, but the defense has to be far, far better to get to the Conference USA title game.

78. Troy
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 49
There’s a lot of rebuilding to do on the defensive front seven and replacing Sun Belt Player of the Year, Levi Brown, isn’t going to be easy, but this will still be one of the league’s best teams and one of the favorites for the conference title. The schedule is a bit rough over the second half of the season, but if the passing game can be close to as strong as 2009 and DuJuan Harris and Shawn Southward can do more for the ground game, Troy should be nasty yet again.

77. Marshall
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 57
Replacing head coach Mark Snyder will be John “Doc” Holliday, a native of the state and most recently an assistant at West Virginia. He’s renowned as a recruiter, but how will he fare as a head coach? His first team needed RB Darius Marshall, but he's gone meaning Martin Ward needs to lead a running game that has the ingredients to still be among the best in Conference USA that will be supported by a veteran line. However, QB Brian Anderson is a mediocre passer who needs to be far, far better for the Herd to improve.

76. Maryland
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 109
While Ralph Friedgen will be back for a tenth season at his alma mater, the missive has been loud and clear: Deliver a winning season or else James Franklin sheds his coach-in-waiting label. Hey, at least the 2009 squad wasn’t littered with seniors, so plenty of familiar faces from the two-deep will be back. The battle between sophomore Jamarr Robinson and true freshman Danny O’Brien to succeed QB Chris Turner ensues in the spring.

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