2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... Mountain West
San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley
San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley
Posted Feb 11, 2010

The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - The Mountain West

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Mountain West Teams

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
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18. TCU
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 5
How quickly can the Horned Frogs rebuild and rebound after losing the Fiesta Bowl? It shouldn’t take long with QB Andy Dalton leading a veteran passing game that gets all the receivers back. Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker form a dangerous 1-2 rushing tandem, while the line should be a rock with four starters back. The defense has to replace end Jerry Hughes and NFL-bound LB Daryl Washington, and losing starting corners Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest isn’t a plus, but it’s TCU; everything is fine. Playing Oregon State in Arlington, Texas in the opener will be a nice test, but there’s no one else on the slate that should provide a huge test away from Fort Worth outside of Utah. BYU and Air Force are home games.

23. Utah
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 23
Is Kyle Whittingham going to be able to get his Utes back to the BCS? The Mountain West breaks are there with BYU and TCU coming to Salt Lake City, and any team good enough to think about the BCS has to beat Air Force and Wyoming on the road. There are résumé builders in non-conference play with Pitt, at Iowa State, and at Notre Dame to deal with. QB Jordan Wynn got thrown to the wolves late last season, and it should pay off this year as the leader of an attack that gets back seven starts. The defense has to fill some big holes, but the line should end up being better even without top end Koa Misi. All the linebackers have to be replaced.

25. BYU
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 11
Depending on those who take off on Church missions, this should be another good year. If Riley Nelson can hold off super-recruit Jake Heaps and be a steady leader at quarterback, the offense could be terrific with a strong receiving corps and with four starters returning to the offensive front. The defensive front seven needs an almost wholesale change, but the secondary should be terrific. Playing Washington and at Florida State in non-conference play will give the Cougars a shot to make a big splash, but the Mountain West games against the three other top teams in the league, Air Force, TCU, and Utah, are all on the road.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

111. New Mexico
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 117
2009 couldn’t have been any more of a disaster, and there’s no way 2010 could be worse … after a rough start. The Lobos have to start out at Oregon and face Texas Tech, and they have to go on the road to face BYU and Air Force. On the plus side, they get TCU and Utah at home. The offense that was so hit-or-miss last year has to replace most of the line and QB Donovan Porterie, while the defense gets back tackling machine Carmen Messina and most of the front seven. Both safeties, Clint McPeek and Frankie Baca, are gone.

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