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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 21 to 29

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

  1. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    2007 Preseason Rankings

    Possible Conference Contenders - No. 21 to No. 29

    Dangerous players in the conference races

    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.

    21. Texas A&M
    - Texas A&M | Offense Preview | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the running game will be unstoppable. From the thunder of Jorvorskie Lane to the lightning of Mike Goodson, to the mobility of QB Stephen McGee, to a line filled with potential all stars, it'll be a shock if the Aggies don't finish in the nation's top ten in rushing. McGee can also throw, and while he won't be a 300-yard passing machine, he'll be efficient. Red Bryant is an All-America level defensive tackle to anchor the run defense around.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defensive back seven is merely average. It's far better than it was a few years ago, but it's not nearly as good as several others in the conference. Overall, the defense has to show it's over getting blasted by Cal in the Holiday Bowl, but that game might be more indicative of what this year's group will be than the great performance against Texas. Outside of tight end Martellus Bennett and Joey Thomas, the pass catchers are nothing special.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Offensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Wide Receiver

    22. Florida State
    - Florida State | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... Jimbo Fisher is the new offensive coordinator. All of a sudden, Florida State fans will see that running the ball isn't some myth talked about by other teams. Antone Smith is a phenomenal talent who should flourish behind a line that'll play better than its talent, thanks to the addition of former West Virginia line coach Rick Trickett. Receivers Greg Carr and DeCody Fagg will make big play after big play with Fisher wanting to bomb away deep.
    The ranking is too high because ... the quarterback might not be there to consistently get the ball where it needs to be. After all the promise Drew Weatherford showed as a freshman, he regressed enough last year to allow Xavier Lee to be in the hunt, but neither one has made anyone forget about Charlie Ward or Chris Weinke. The linebacking corps is undersized and lacking depth, while a second end has to emerge on the other side of Everette Brown.
    Relative Strengths: Secondary, Wide Receiver
    Relative Weaknesses: Offensive Line, Quarterback

    23. Nebraska
    - Nebraska | Offense Preview | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... Zac Taylor was good, Sam Keller is better. The Huskers were able to get to the Big 12 championship with a good passer in Taylor, but Keller is an NFL caliber bomber with all the skills to make the offense shine exactly like it's supposed to for the first time since the old school offense was blown up. While it might not be saying much, the receiving corps could be the best in school history. The linebacking corps should be outstanding, while the secondary will be far better than it's been over the past few seasons, even if it'll have its problems from time to time.
    The ranking is too high because ... Keller isn't Taylor. Taylor had an even keel and a knack for making plays when he had to. Keller is still relatively unproven and needs to show he can get the job done for a full season. Also needing to prove himself is RB Marlon Lucky, an elite talent who hasn't lived up to his billing. The offensive line will be merely average unless the tackles are great out of the gate.
    Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Wide Receiver
    Relative Weaknesses: Offensive Line, Secondary

    24. West Virginia
    - West Virginia | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... if Pat White and Steve Slaton are Pat White and Steve Slaton for an entire, injury-free year, the Mountaineers could be playing in New Orleans in early January. Slaton is bigger and stronger this year to be able to handle more of a pounding, while White has top target Darius Reynaud back to add a bit of pop to the passing game. The secondary should be able to handle most passing games if everyone plays up to their talent level.
    The ranking is too high because ... the offensive line, while potentially good, has to rebuild. White and Slaton can make plays on their own, but if the front five isn't as productive as last year, there's a ceiling on what the team can do. Losing players is one thing, but the departure of line coach Rick Trickett really stings. The defense, at best, is pedestrian with little pass rush to count on and not enough veteran talent on the front six. Outside of Reynaud, there aren't any other receivers to speak of.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Linebacker


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