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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 50 to 59

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

    Shooting for a Bowl - No. 50 to No. 59

    Some lower-level BCS conference teams and top mid-majors

    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.

    50. Wake Forest
    - Wake Forest | Offense| Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... last year wasn't the fluke many want to believe it was. The Demon Deacons played good, sound football with a good offensive line, a strong running game, and peerless special teams. The same formula might work again with several good backs, four returning starters up front, and Sam Swank back to handle the kicking duties. The defense should be even better than last year when it finished 12th in the nation in scoring defense.
    The ranking is too high because ... lost in all the success was an offense that got by on efficiency and not making mistakes, but it's not like it went anywhere. If QB Riley Skinner isn't flawless again when it comes to ball security, the overall machine might break down. Everyone will take the Demon Deacons seriously now, and everyone will make Skinner win games through the air. He won't be able to do it against the better ACC teams.
    Relative Strengths: Offensive Line, Running Back
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Secondary

    51. Washington
    - Washington Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... if Jake Locker is half as good a passer as he's expected to be, the offense should shine. Louis Rankin and J.R. Hasty should form a nasty running combination, while there are good receiver prospects to get excited about. Defensively, the front seven shouldn't be bad as long as the linebacking corps doesn't have to do too much. The front four should control games at times.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defensive back seven will be a liability if the linebackers aren't great. The secondary will likely get torched by all the good Pac 10 passing games. While the offense has good looking prospects, there aren't a lot of sure things to rely on, and that'll be a problem on the road in the opener at Syracuse and against a brutal, brutal first half of the year (at Syracuse, Boise State, Ohio State, at UCLA, USC, at Arizona State, Oregon).
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Defensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Secondary, Linebacker

    52. Illinois
    - Illinois Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the program is loaded with exciting young talent that will scare the living bejeebers out of several Big Ten big boys. Juice Williams is one of the league's most dangerous quarterbacks with the running skills to keep everyone on their toes, and now he has an elite target to go to with the expected emergence of star recruit Arrelious Bean. The defense was underappreciated all through last year, and now there's more help from the recruiting ranks to help tackling machine J Leman and top tackle Chris Norwell.
    The ranking is too high because ... your completion percentage is probably higher than Juice's. Defensive coordinators will let Williams throw as much as he wants to; that's not a plus for the Illini. There might be a ton of hype, but the team has done absolutely nothing so far under Ron Zook. This is still a very, very young team that'll have to go through some major growing pains before it realizes its potential. .
    Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Running Back, Defensive Line

    53. NC State
    - NC State | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the coaching is far, far better. Tom O'Brien and his staff are a significant upgrade over the last few regimes, and the result should eventually be steadier and consistent play. The defense might not be flashy, but it has the potential to be extremely good with a strong line and three senior linebackers. The running back trio of Toney Baker, Andre Brown and Jamelle Eugene will be solid enough to carry the offense.
    The ranking is too high because ... the quarterback situation is a major question mark. Daniel Evans, Harrison Beck and Justin Burke are still battling to become the main man, and none of them will throw any sort of a scare into the better ACC defenses. The secondary will be merely average, while the offensive line has to replace both tackles and should struggle for a while.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Defensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Quarterback, Offensive Line

    54. Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... this is an experienced, potentially dangerous team with nine returning starters on offense and seven back on defense. Considering this is Vandy, there's surprising star power on both sides of the ball led by WR Earl Bennett and LB Jonathan Goff. There are several legitimate All-SEC candidates to get excited about, and QB Chris Nickson is growing into a dangerous all-around player who'll give the big boys some big-time fits over the next few years.
    The ranking is too high because ... there are still issues even with all the returning talent. The corners are hardly elite, while the running game should be average unless Chris Nickson takes off on a regular basis. This is the best Commodore team in several years, but it still has to learn how to win, especially at an SEC level. Few teams will take this game lightly anymore, and despite the promise and potential, the talent isn't there compared to most teams in the league.
    Relative Strengths: Offensive Line, Wide Receiver
    Relative Weaknesses: Running Back, Secondary


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