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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 110 to 119

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by BoltsFanUK, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    How do the teams rank from top to bottom going into the season? Here we go with the CFN Preseason Rankings from one to 119, starting out with The Bottom Ten, bottomed out by Carson Williams and Army, and going up from there.

    There's one very important distinction in the CFN preseason rankings: these are based on how good the teams are going into the season and NOT how they're going to finish. Some teams have easier schedules than others, some get tougher road games and some will need a little bit of time to jell meaning they might be better than their final record might indicate. Going into the year, these are how good the teams appear to be from No. 1 through 119.

    110. Florida Atlantic
    - Florida Atlantic Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the Owls should be consistently decent with the quarterback situation settled, good players in place at receiver and running back, and a loaded defense that should be among the best in the Sun Belt. The linebacking corps should be fantastic, while safeties Kris Bartels and Taheem Acevedo are terrific. It'll be a shock if the Owls don't finish in the top two in the league in pass defense.
    The ranking is too high because ... the offense still needs to find its stride. The offensive line is woefully undersized, sort of by design, and it needs to be far better at running the ball. While the defense should be fine against the pass, it'll be mediocre against the run. Unfortunately, the Sun Belt is all about stopping the run since no one throws it.
    Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Secondary
    Relative Weaknesses: Offensive Line, Special Teams

    111. Idaho
    - Idaho Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... with a little bit of tweaking, new head coach Robb Akey could make the Vandals more than just respectable right now. The defensive back seven has tremendous pieces to work with, led by the linebacking duo of JoArtis Ratti and David Vobora. Corner Stanley Franks is one of the WAC's best, while safety Shiloh Keo is a big-time popping machine. Jayson Bird could be a star back if he can stay healthy.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defensive line couldn't stop you and three friends from running the ball effectively. The quarterback situation, while promising, is up in the air with redshirt freshman Nathan Enderle, if he turns out to be the man, needing time. He's not going to get much help from a shaky receiving corps.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Defensive Line, Wide Receiver

    112. UL Lafayette
    - UL Lafayette Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... no one will stop the ground game. At least no one in the Sun Belt will. The trio of Tyrell Fenroy, Deon Wallace, and quarterback Michael Desormeaux should run wild behind a good enough offensive line to get the job done. The defense was one of the best in the league last year and should be decent against the run.
    The ranking is too high because ... there won't be much of a passing game. While it might be effective from time to time, it's not going to scare anyone. Everyone knows what the Ragin' Cajuns are going to do, it's just a question of stopping it. The defense will be fine against the lesser passing teams, but should get torched by anyone who can throw consistently well.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Defensive Line


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