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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 40 to 49

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

  1. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Continuing with the CFN Preseason Rankings from one to 119, here are the potential Mid-Level Bowl teams, led by John Carlson and Notre Dame, along with the rest of the teams just outside of the top tier.

    2007 Preseason Rankings

    The Mid-Level - No. 40 to No. 49

    The teams that should finish in the middle of their respective leagues

    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. The predicted finishes don't take into account possible bowl games or conference championships.

    40. Purdue
    - Purdue Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the offense will likely be among the ten most productive in America, at least in terms of yards. The receiving corps is deep, talented, and extremely dangerous. The running game won't take much of a backseat with Jaycen Taylor and Kory Sheets good enough to take the heat off the passing attack. QB Curtis Painter now has enough experience to make everyone around him better. If nothing else, the defense is experienced with nine returning starters.
    The ranking is too high because ... the D will still have a nightmare of a time stopping anyone. Don't expect a whole bunch of production against the run, while the awful secondary needs to hope experience translates into production. This is the textbook example of a finesse team, even though the offensive line should be good at times. Even with all the potential on offense, it has to start scoring more points. This is the type of team that can beat anyone in the country if everything breaks right, or lose to anyone.
    Relative Strengths: Wide Receiver, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Secondary

    41. BYU
    - BYU Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the offensive line will be a rock and should give the new skill players plenty of time to operate. The defensive front six is big and talented, with Kelly Poppinga a strong leading linebacker who'll flourish after moving to the middle. The safety tandem of Dustin Gabriel and Quinn ***** could turn out to be the best in the Mountain West.
    The ranking is too high because ... there will be a drop-off in production after losing John Beck, Curtis Brown and Jonny Harline. The receivers will produce just because of the talented coaching staff and the nature of the offense, but this isn't nearly as good a corps as others in the league. This will be one of the league's best teams, but there are just enough big changes on both sides of the ball to prevent a second straight Mountain West title.
    Relative Strengths: Offensive Line, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Defensive Line

    42. Boise State
    - Boise State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... this is still Boise State and yes, it did beat Oklahoma. Ryan Clady and the offensive line are good enough to push around anyone in America, and newlywed Ian Johnson is back to carry the running game. To win in the WAC, you need to have a good pass defense, and Boise's secondary should be the best in the league. Fine, so this ranking really might be too low, but remember, the teams are ranked in the preseason on overall talent level more than potential production.
    The ranking is too high because ... this isn't the 2006 Boise State team. Losing leader Jared Zabransky at quarterback will hurt more than expected, while the receiving has to replace the top four pass catchers. While the pass defense should be outstanding, stopping the run early on should be an issue with tackle one of the team's biggest question marks.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Offensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Quarterback, Wide Receiver

    43. Colorado
    - Colorado | Offense Preview | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the defense will once again be excellent. A strong defensive season was swept under the rug thanks to the horrendous offense, and now Jordon Dizon and the linebacking corps, and All-America caliber corner Terrence Washington, will lead the way to a big year. The offense can't, and won't, be any worse. Dan Hawkins is too good a coach to let that happen again. Hugh Charles is a nice running back to carry things until the right quarterback can be found.
    The ranking is too high because ... the offensive line isn't up to snuff thanks to injury issues. The receiving corps has the potential to shine, but the new quarterback, Cody Hawkins or Nick Nelson, will have to be consistent without any real experience to fall back on. As good as the defense should be, it needs to find a consistent pass rush.
    Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Wide Receiver
    Relative Weaknesses: Offensive Line, Quarterback

    44. Virginia
    - Virginia | Offense Preview | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the under-the-radar defense should keep the team in most games. With ten starters returning, including all four linebackers and top linemen Chris Long and Jeffrey Fitzgerald, the experience should combine with the aggressiveness to come up with a bigger year. QB Jameel Sewell is one of the ACC's rising stars and should make everyone around him better as the year goes on.
    The ranking is too high because ... there aren't any wide receivers. The loss of Kevin Ogletree to a knee injury is devastating for a passing game that was inconsistent to begin with. While the defense should be good, there's a ceiling on how good it can be. It lacks the top-shelf athleticism to beat the better ACC teams if the Cavalier offense isn't producing.
    Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Secondary
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Running Back


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