2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... No. 46 to 60
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Posted Feb 9, 2010

The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - No. 46 to 60

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Teams Ranked No. 46 to 60

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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60. Kansas State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 72
The program learned its lesson and only scheduled one non-conference game against an FCS team instead of two (which ended up costing the Cats a bowl game) facing Missouri State after starting out against UCLA. Overall, the schedule isn’t bad with all the tough games at home except for the mid-November trip to Missouri. An influx of JUCO transfers should bring in more depth and more options, but some of the key playmakers like WR Brandon Banks and DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald have to be replaced. The secondary should be a strength and the special teams should be fine, but the team needs Carson Coffman to shine at quarterback or the season won’t go anywhere.

59. Notre Dame
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 64
Brian Kelly might think his program is on a five-minute plan and not a five-year one, but it’s going to take a lot of work to come close to even thinking about going to the BCS with a muddle quarterback situation and with a schedule that will guarantee at least four losses. Jimmy Clausen left early and Dayne Christ is coming off major knee surgery meaning one of the new recruits might be under center for the opener against Purdue, Golden Tate is gone from the receiving corps, and the entire starting offensive line needs to be replaced. The defense gets everyone back on the front seven, including linebacker-star-to-be, Manti Te’o, while the secondary has to replace safeties Kyle McCarthy and Sergio Brown but gets back both starting corners. There isn’t a true break in the slate until Western Michigan in mid-October, and teams like Purdue, Michigan, and Tulsa will be better than last year.

58. Purdue
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 71
Last year’s team needed to do some major rebuilding and it came up with a strong season, but this year’s team has to do some work in the defensive back seven and has to hope for Caleb TerBush to be ready at quarterback. The offense should be explosive with Smith, RB Ralph Bolden, and most of the top skill players back to bomb away. This might not be a Big Ten title contender, but it’ll be a dangerous team that throws a wrench into the season.

57. Arizona State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 90
To say that 2010 will be a crossroads season for Dennis Erickson and the program is an understatement. Neither can afford a third losing year in-a-row. As the offense desperately seeks an identity and a pulse, this might be the beginning of the Brock Osweiler era in Tempe. After playing sparingly as a rookie, he could be turned loose in the spring, getting a chance to show off one of the strongest young arms in the conference.

56. Northwestern
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 47
The departure of QB Mike Kafka and DE Corey Wootton takes away the team’s two best players, and the secondary is going to be a concern, but the team should be just as strong if Dan Persa can emerge as a steady quarterback. The offense will look for more balance while the defense will need to get even more from the front seven led by a linebacking corps that could quietly be among the best in the Big Ten. The schedule is just light enough to demand nothing less than another bowl game.

55. Mississippi State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 62
Does Dan Mullen’s team have enough to get over the hump and into a bowl? Maybe, but it’s going to be a rough ride over the first half of the season with Auburn, at LSU, Georgia, at Houston and at Florida as part of the mix before mid-October. But there’s a payoff late, right? Try again with trips to Alabama and Ole Miss wrapped around a date with Arkansas in November. On the plus side, the offense, even with a wholesale change at running back losing Anthony Dixon, Christian Ducre, and Arnil Stallworth, should’ve be awful, while the defense gets back seven starters. This year will be about survival to 2011, and anything more than five wins will be gravy.

54. Nevada
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 51
It should be more of the same as the devastating running attack gets back QB Colin Kaepernick and a slew of talented running backs. Can there be more consistency and more production against better teams? It’ll be a major disappointment if the Pack doesn’t average well over 300 rushing yards per game, and it’ll have to if the defense doesn’t improve by leaps and bounds. Most of the defensive front is back, but both starting safeties are gone. Cal comes to Reno while the Pack goes Mountain West in non-conference play dealing with Colorado State, at BYU, and at UNLV.

53. Kansas
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 74
Turner Gill has an interesting team and an interesting schedule facing Georgia Tech and a trip to Southern Miss to go along with North Dakota State and New Mexico State. Baylor might be better, but the road trip to Waco isn’t a bad game against the South and missing Texas and Oklahoma is as big a break as KU could get. Nebraska is the only truly tough pure road game (the Missouri game is played in Kansas City). Can Kale Pick replace Todd Reesing? The passing game is going to take a hit, but all five starters from a young line are back meaning the ground game should be the focus early on. The defense will be fine, but nothing special.

52. NC State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 73
Naturally, the Pack wants to reverse the recent trend by getting back over .500 and contending in a wide-open Atlantic Division. First, it’ll need to determine if QB Russell Wilson will be under center or signing a contract to play Major League Baseball. If he bolts, the Mike Glennon era in Raleigh begins sooner than expected. The defense will get a lift from the return of LB Nate Irving, who missed the season following a car accident.

51. Iowa State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 67
This isn’t going to be a Big 12 title contender, but it should be a good enough team to ruin the hopes of some of the main contenders. QB Austen Arnaud and RB Alexander Robinson lead an experienced offense with eight starters returning, but the defense has to come up with some key replacements losing LB Jesse Smith and six starters. There’s little room for mistakes against the average teams needing to likely beat Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa to have a shot at a bowl game. Iowa and Utah are also on the slate, while the Big 12 slate couldn’t be worse with road trips against Oklahoma and Texas from the South.

50. Air Force
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 40
Can Troy Calhoun get Air Force into the top three in the Mountain West pecking order? It might be a bit tough with the entire starting offensive line needing to be replaced and four starters gone from the defensive front seven. The secondary should be a strength and the skill players are going to be excellent, but the lines have to be solid from Day One. Getting BYU and Utah at home will be a plus, but going away to TCU and Wyoming might be a problem.

49. Michigan State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 66
This could be the sleeper in the Big Ten race with so many starters returning. The Spartans get back most of the key players on both sides of the ball and have a nice schedule that shouldn’t be the reason if things don’t go as well as planned. The key will be to get more from the running game and some semblance of production from the pass defense. The offense was great at throwing the ball because it had to be with the defense struggling so much. More offensive balance would be nice, but head coach Mark Dantonio has to make his D tighter.

48. Kentucky
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 55
Joker Phillips has some holes to fill, but he has a nice base to work with. It was trial by fire last year at quarterback, and it should pay off with Morgan Newton leading a veteran group of options. Randall Cobb is one of the SEC’s best all-around playmakers, and Derrick Locke is the best running back no one knows about. The offense will put up points if the line can replace three starters, while the defense should be fine even without CB Trevard Lindley and LB Micah Johnson. If Florida, Ole Miss, and Tennessee are probable losses, it’s not a big deal that they’re on the road while the rest of the slate isn’t too bad missing Alabama and LSU from the West and getting a beautiful late season stretch facing at Mississippi State, Charleton Southern and Vanderbilt from October 30 until the November 27 date at Tennessee.

47. Navy
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 26
2009 was supposed to be a rebuilding year. How did that work out? Now the team has a quarterback in Ricky Dobbs who should be a fringe Heisman candidate working on offense with seven returning starters and more than enough talent to be far better and far more efficient. The defense has to replace Ross Pospisil and the entire linebacking corps, but most of the secondary returns and two key parts of the front three, Jabaree Tuani and Chase Burge, are back. Compared to what Navy has had to do in the past to replace key players, this is nothing. The schedule has a few interesting battles with Maryland and Wake Forest to deal with along with the usual games against Air Force, Notre Dame, and an improved Army. It’s not a cakewalk of a slate with SMU, East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Duke, and Central Michigan looking like easier opponents than they really are.

46. Arizona
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 22
While the Holiday Bowl dress down gave Arizona a sobering measuring stick, the program has to like where it’s headed. Back-to-back postseason invites have done wonders for its psyche and its ability to recruit throughout the West. There’ll be losses on both sides of the ball, but nothing so devastating that the ‘Cats can’t keep rolling under head coach Mike Stoops. Another season with QB Nick Foles will help the offense, as will the return to health of RB Nic Grigsby. He’s too valuable to be in and out of the lineup, as he was throughout 2009.

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