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2010 WAC Preview - Unit Rankings
Nevada RB Vai Taua
Nevada RB Vai Taua
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Posted Aug 12, 2010


2010 CollegeFootballNews.com Preview - WAC Unit Rankings


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WAC Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. Boise State
2. Nevada
3. Fresno State
4. Louisiana Tech
5. Hawaii
6. Utah State
7. Idaho
8. San Jose State
9. New Mexico State

Offenses

1. Boise State
The offense will be ultra-efficient with ten starters returning and all the stars back at the skill positions after leading the nation in scoring averaging 42.21 points per game. The line spent last year shuffling around filling in for injuries and with some new players stepping in, but it still led the nation in sacks allowed and was a rock for the ground game. It’s not a huge line and there aren’t many stars, but it’ll be very deep and very good once the starting five is found. Skill-wise, the Broncos are silly-good with the receiving duo of Titus Young and Austin Pettis leading a deep corps of playmakers who’ll average close to 13 yards per catch, while the running back trio of Jeremy Avery, Doug Martin, and D.J. Harper should combine for 2,000 yards and over 20 scores. And then there’s Kellen Moore, the tremendously productive junior quarterback who’ll be deep in the Heisman hunt if he can start out strong.

2. Nevada
3. Idaho
4. Fresno State
5. Utah State
6. Hawaii
7. Louisiana Tech
8. San Jose State
9. New Mexico State

Quarterbacks

1. Boise State
Kellen Moore will get all the time in the world, he has a loaded backfield to hand off to, and a tremendous receiving corps to work with. It’s all there for another outstanding season, while Michael Coughlin is good enough to step in and produce if needed. 

2. Nevada
3. Idaho
4. Fresno State
5. Utah State
6. Hawaii
7. Louisiana Tech
8. San Jose State
9. New Mexico State

Running Backs

1. Nevada
With a great rotation, a terrific line, a fantastic offensive scheme, and plenty of speed and skill, the Nevada running game will be among the nation’s leaders yet again. Vai Taua and Mike Ball could end up being the first-team All-WAC runners, and Courtney Randall and Lampford Mark will get more than their share of carries to keep the rotation fresh. Combining with QB Colin Kaepernick, the ground game will crank out over 4,000 yards again.

2. Boise State
3. Utah State
4. Fresno State
5. Idaho
6. New Mexico State
7. Louisiana Tech
8. San Jose State
9. New Mexico State

Receivers

1. Boise State
As long as Austin Pettis and Titus Young are on the field, the receiving corps will be deadly. The complementary targets are going to be terrific with all the attention paid to the two stars, while the tight ends will blossom once again with both Kyle Efaw and Tommy Gallarda able to come up with big plays. They’ll make Kellen Moore look great, and vice versa.

2. Hawaii
3. Fresno State
4. San Jose State
5. Nevada
6. Idaho
7. Louisiana Tech
8. Utah State
9. New Mexico State

Offensive Lines

1. Boise State
The line might not have a slew of all-stars or NFL talents, but it’s one of the deepest lineups around and among the most productive. This group won’t barrel over any defensive line with talent, but it’ll keep everyone off the quarterback and be among the best in the nation in sacks allowed. There might be some juggling early on, but eventually there will be a set starting five that the coaching staff will stick with.

2. Fresno State
3. Nevada
4. Louisiana Tech
5. Idaho
6. Utah State
7. New Mexico State
8. Hawaii
9. San Jose State

Defenses

1. Boise State
In his first year at the helm, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatowski has inherited a heater. Ten starters return from a defense that finished 14th in the nation in both yards and points allowed, and it should be even better with excellent depth to go along with all the starting talent. To nitpick, the pass rush from everyone other than star end Ryan Winterswyk and tackle Billy Winn was non-existent, and the corner situation is a wee bit shaky with Kyle Wilson on the New York Jets. Whatever. The front seven will be a brick wall against the run, the safeties, helped by the use of a nickel (Winston Venable) will be phenomenal, and it’ll be a shock if anyone on the schedule has any consistent success.

2. Louisiana Tech
3. Fresno State
4. Nevada
5. Hawaii
6. San Jose State
7. Utah State
8. Idaho
9. New Mexico State

Defensive Lines

1. Boise State
When challenged, the line was a brick wall against some of the nation’s most dangerous rushing attacks. Oregon only ran for 31 yards and TCU was shut down for just 36 yards. Fresno State and Ryan Mathews went ballistic, but overall, this was a phenomenal line that should be even better this year with so much returning talent.

2. Nevada
3. Fresno State
4. Louisiana Tech
5. San Jose State
6. Hawaii
7. Utah State
8. Idaho
9. New Mexico State

Linebackers

1. Boise State
This is a very good, very athletic linebacking corps with a great blend of skills and talents, and no matter what the combination is, the group will be loaded. The unit was good in 2007, great in 2008, and should be phenomenal in 2009 with a superior front four to work behind.

2. Louisiana Tech
3. Fresno State
4. Nevada
5. Hawaii
6. Utah State
7. San Jose State
8. Idaho
9. New Mexico State

Secondaries

1. Boise State
The secondary is good, but it’s made better by not facing many teams that throw. Teams that do throw often have to do it in comeback, desperation mode. This is an experienced secondary that will put up better numbers than the talent, but it’s still going to be opportunistic and will come up with several big plays when challenged. The loss of Kyle Wilson hurts, but the safeties will pick up the slack to help out the decent corners.

2. Hawaii
3. Louisiana Tech
4. San Jose State
5. Fresno State
6. New Mexico State
7. Idaho
8. Utah State
9. Nevada

Special Teams

1. Boise State
The special teams were among the best in America and they will be once again as long as the punt return game is solid. The coverage teams are fantastic allowing just 19.1 yards per kickoff return and 6.9 yards per punt return, and kickoff returners are tremendous. Kyle Brotzman could be a bit stronger inside the 40, but overall, this will be a strength and a big advantage in every game.

2. Fresno State
3. Utah State
4. Hawaii
5. Louisiana Tech
6. Idaho
7. New Mexico State
8. Nevada
9. San Jose State

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