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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 30 to 39

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

    On the Fringe - No. 30 to No. 39

    With the right breaks, these teams could be in the the top 25

    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.

    30. Georgia
    - Georgia Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... this will be one of the nation's 20 best teams as the season goes on and everything gets into place. The offense that was so lousy last year should be appreciably better with QB Matthew Stafford over his true freshman year, a good backfield to carry the attack at times, and Sean Bailey back as the number one receiver. The line appeared to be a glaring problem going into the off-season, but quickly turned into a major positive. The defense has plenty of speed and athleticism.
    The ranking is too high because ... there could be problems over the first month of the season with Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Alabama on the schedule in the first four games. While there's plenty of talent, the defense is painfully short of veteran stars and will need time before it lives up to its potential. Hurting most is a secondary that lost the one player it couldn't, corner Paul Oliver, because he didn't go to class. While there's hope for a better year from the offense, it still has to prove it can produce on a consistent basis.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Special Teams
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Secondary

    31. Arizona State
    - Arizona State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... Dennis Erickson should finish off what Dirk Koetter started. The offense never quite exploded, and the team never quite played, as expected, but Erickson is a Pac 10 veteran who should be able to tweak things enough to get more production. QB Rudy Carpenter appears to be far more relaxed than last year when he pressed way too much. The offensive line should be a strength, paving the way for underappreciated back Ryan Torian.
    The ranking is too high because ... it should be more of the same from the ASU defense. There's plenty of speed, athleticism and potential, but there will still be problems against the better Pac 10 offenses. Justin Tryon will be a starting corner in the NFL, but the second corner has to emerge and will get picked apart early and often if there isn't consistent safety help. The linebackers have a world of upside, but not enough experience.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Secondary

    32. Arkansas
    - Arkansas Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are still in the backfield. These two can score from anywhere on the field, and can be even more effective that a passing team that pushes the ball deep. The defensive back seven has SEC-level speed and athleticism, and it should grow into a strength as long as everyone stays healthy.
    The ranking is too high because ... this isn't last year's team. You don't get better by losing Jamaal Anderson, Keith Jackson, Chris Houston and Sam Olajubutu off the defense, and the O line has to replace three starters. Marcus Monk might be one of the SEC's best receivers, but he needs someone to throw him the ball. Casey Dick isn't a good enough passer to win with if the running game breaks down.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Quarterback, Special Teams

    33. South Florida
    - South Florida Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... this is the sleeper Big East team everyone is secretly worrying about. While there doesn't appear to be enough in the bag to win the conference title, the Bulls will shatter plenty of dreams. The receiving corps is deep and potentially explosive, while rising QB Matt Grothe should do a little of everything to spread things around. The defensive back seven could be the best in the league, led by a pair of NFL caliber corners in Trae Williams and Mike Jenkins.
    The ranking is too high because ... if Mike Ford doesn't live up to the hype, there won't be much of a running game outside of Grothe. The average O line won't make the ground game better. Grothe is a running quarterback who'll take some big shots, and he can't afford to get hurt or the offense might go into the tank. The special teams are just mediocre enough to be a problem against the top Big East teams.
    Relative Strengths: Secondary, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Running Back, Offensive Line

    34. Oregon
    - Oregon Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the offense should be better after the loss of offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. As crazy as that might sound, considering he went to LSU, things ended up bogging down as the season went on. New Hampshire's Chip Kelly should provide a nice spark, utilizing the talent better with more no huddle and a better tempo. QB Dennis Dixon, RB Jonathan Stewart and WR Jaison Williams form one of the league's best trio of skill players.
    The ranking is too high because ... for all the excitement about the offense, it still has to prove that last year's collapse was a fluke. The talent has to shine through and be consistent. The defense was lousy against the run last season, and it should be a problem again. The front seven not only has to be far better against the run, but it has to figure out a way to consistently get into the backfield.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Defensive Line


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