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2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... No. 61 to 75
South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
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Posted Feb 9, 2010


The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - No. 61 to 75

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Teams Ranked No. 61 to 75


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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75. Central Michigan

2009 Final CFN Ranking: 12
It’s now on to life after Dan LeFevour. New head coach Dan Enos will try to make the offense less about the spread and more about a pro-style balance, but no matter what changes will be made, losing a slew of stars like CMU does will be next to impossible to overcome right away, if at all. The offensive line and the running game will have to carry the team for a while until Ryan Radcliff is ready to shine at quarterback, while the defense will have to undergo a facelift after a strong season.

74. East Carolina
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 29
These last two championship teams were veteran-laden, which means there’ll be plenty of openings on the depth chart in 2010. Fortunately, Skip Holtz has positioned the program to handle mass graduations without having to rebuild or go into a freefall. Still, East Carolina’s crown will be up for grabs, especially with so much uncertainty behind center. Out goes sixth-year senior Patrick Pinkney, and in come Josh Jordan and Rio Johnson, who have seven passing attempts between them.

73. Minnesota
2009 Final CFN Ranking: D
Almost everyone is back on offense, and while Eric Decker is graduating, ten starters are back from the Insight Bowl squad not including MarQueis Gray, a weapon who’ll get more time in the quarterback rotation with Adam Weber. The defense is going to undergo a wholesale change with everyone gone but the two starting safeties, but it’ll be an athletic group. The schedule, at least in Big Ten play, misses Michigan and Indiana in a bad break, while the non-conference schedule is light and breezy … outside of the September 18th visit from USC.

72. MTSU
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 45
Dasher, Dasher, Dasher. Dwight Dasher will be the Sun Belt’s signature player and the one who’ll have to take his game to another level to make everyone around him better. There’s enough overall returning talent to hope to finally move past Troy and be the league’s premier team, but the expectations will be sky-high. It’ll be asking for too much to get the ten wins of last year, but there’s no reason the Blue Raiders can’t get to another bowl game as the Sun Belt champion.

71. Duke
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 97
After winning four games in 2008 and five in 2009, David Cutcliffe plans to take the next logical step and lead Duke into the postseason. His biggest challenge may not be as daunting as it seems. Yes, all-conference QB Thaddeus Lewis has exhausted his eligibility, but the coach has recruited the position rather well. One of the heralded recruits, Sean Renfree or Sean Schroeder, will get his chance to be Cutcliffe’s next star pupil.

70. Colorado
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 100
The Dan Hawkins Firing Watch can be delayed with wins over rival Colorado State and an upset at Cal in the first two games, but with Georgia and at Missouri to also deal with before mid-October, a 2-3 start might be the best the team can hope for. Tyler Hansen will absolutely, positively be the starting quarterback … maybe, but ten starters are back on offense and there should finally be a little bit of consistency. The defense that suffered through major growing pains with a young front line should be better with all four starters back, while two starters return in the secondary.

69. Illinois
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 98
It’s not exactly start from scratch time, but 2010 is going to be a rebuilding year, and that’s not a plus coming off a 3-9 season. The Illini will hope that Jacob Charest can get the passing game going, but the bigger concern will be a defense that has to find playmakers in a hurry. The schedule will be rough early and easy late so any success before mid-October will be a big surprise for a team that everyone will have in the bottom three of the preseason Big Ten pecking order.

68. Tulsa
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 84
QB G.J. Kinne and WR Damaris Johnson are excellent starting points for an offense that’ll rebound if the offensive line can be fixed. All but one regular up front returns, but after yielding 46 sacks, that’s hardly cause for optimism. Todd Graham has recruited well and developed a culture of success in Tulsa, so the Hurricane doesn’t figure to be down for very long.

67. Baylor
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 85
As long as Robert Griffin’s knee is fine, Baylor has a shot to finally get to a bowl game again. Three starters return up front after breaking in a relatively young group last year, and some receivers have to be replaced, but RB Jay Finley returns and the O takes on a whole other level if Griffin is Griffin again. The defense will never be a rock, and losing LB Joe Pawelek and safety Jordan Lake isn’t good, but there are just enough returning players to not be awful. Playing at TCU isn’t going to be a positive, but getting Sam Houston State, Buffalo, and at Rice should help the record.

66. Syracuse
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 79
Now that the awkward transition period is in the rear view mirror, head coach Doug Marrone should be able to build on the ground level that was framed in 2009. Both sides of the ball will be returning enough starters and lettermen to avoid a regression, especially with another recruiting class set to hit campus. Ryan Nassib is expected to take over at quarterback, where he’ll be joined in the backfield by 1,000-yard rusher Delone Carter.

65. Wyoming
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 75
After the breakthrough 2009 season, second-year head man Dave Christensen has expectations to deal with. And he should. QB Austyn Carta-Samuels has a year under his belt now and he should be a steadier leader of an offense that gets back eight starters. The defense gets back seven starters but has to replace the front three losing John Fletcher, Mitch Unrein, and Fred Givens. Those three will be missed, but the linebacking corps should be solid and the secondary might end up being among the best in the Mountain West. There are dates with Texas and Boise State to deal with, but playing Southern Utah and Toledo should bring a few non-conference wins. BYU and TCU have to come to Laramie.

64. Wake Forest
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 76
There’s no panic at Wake Forest, though the staff is determined to avoid the kind of downward trend that impacts recruiting. Along with tightening up the defense, Jim Grobe’s top priority will be to find a successor to Riley Skinner in the offseason. Backup Ryan McManus is also a senior, so the competition will involve three unproven sophomores, Ted Stachitas, Brendan Cross, and Skylar Jones.

63. Fresno State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 54
If Fresno State was hoping to finally breakthrough and be the WAC star, this isn’t the year to do it with Boise State potentially cranking out its best (at least its most experienced) team yet and with Nevada so strong. But that doesn’t mean that 2010 is going to be a waste. The Bulldogs get their always-fun dates with big name teams facing Cincinnati and Illinois at home and going to Ole Miss, and there’s enough talent returning to be almost certain of a bowl bid and a top three spot in the final WAC standings.

62. Indiana
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 99
The schedule isn’t bad early, but it’s brutal late with Iowa, at Wisconsin, Penn State (played in Landover, Maryland), and at Purdue to make for a fun November. Enough starters return on offense to hope for even more production and more consistency, while the defense should be better at corner, or at least more experienced, while the tackles should grow into a strength. It might be a bowl game or bust season for Bill Lynch who should be able to get six wins out of this team and with the not-that-bad schedule.

61. South Florida
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 50
In terms of 2010, the Bulls caught a break that QB B.J. Daniels got a full season of reps. He has the skill set of a future star. He’ll be helped if Mike Ford can run the way he did in Toronto, gashing Northern Illinois for more than 200 yards in the International Bowl. The defense will likely endure some serious growing pains, especially after star DE Jean Pierre-Paul decided to bolt for the NFL and left South Florida with just a couple of returning starters.

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