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2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... WAC
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Posted Feb 11, 2010


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


2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

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

- 2009 CFN Final Rankings
- 2009 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2008 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2007 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2010 CFN Recruiting Rankings  

8. Boise State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 3
The preseason hype will be off the charts. This will be the hot team this offseason after yet another big season and with so much talent returning, but will it be enough to finally be in the national title discussion? If the Broncos can beat Virginia Tech in Landover, Maryland in the season opener and if they can get by Oregon State at home, then yes. At this point with so many great seasons in a row, there should be a groundswell of support to see what the team can do when finally given a shot at the whole ball of wax … if it beats the Hokies.<

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.

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.

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.<

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.

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.

106. San Jose State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 113
Mike MacIntyre is a strong head coaching prospect and a great get for the program. Unfortunately, the schedule isn’t going to allow for a bounceback season with road games against Alabama, Wisconsin, and Utah, but Boise State and Fresno State have to come to San Jose. McIntryre will try to jump-start the offense, and he gets back a group loaded with veterans and needs Jordan La Secla to be a steady quarterback right away. The young secondary of last year should be far better, but the defensive front needs work.

108. Louisiana Tech
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 89
If nothing else, Sonny Dykes will make things interesting with a higher octane offense. Does he have the players to run his attack? The dark green offensive line of last year that started three freshmen come back fully intact, while the defensive back seven gets all the key parts back. The defensive front has to undergo a wholesale change, and a quarterback has to emerge who can wing it around like Dykes wants to if Ross Jenkins can’t handle the work. Three of the first four games are at home with a chance to make a statement against Navy and Southern Miss.

118. New Mexico State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 112
DeWayne Walker’s team really did show a little bit of improvement even if the record didn’t show it, and now he has a team loaded with veterans that should be able to win a few games. Seven starters are back on offense and most of the defensive front and secondary return, but the linebacking corps has to be replaced. There isn’t a sure-thing win anywhere with the Utah State game on the road and no cream-puff non-conference game. The easiest game outside of the WAC is against New Mexico.

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