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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 60 to 69

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. 60 to No. 69

    Some lower-level BCS conference teams and some 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.

    60. Ole Miss
    - Ole Miss Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... things are finally starting to turn. The rebuilding has been slower than most Rebel fans would've liked, but Ed Orgeron is doing a better job than he's being given credit for, especially when it comes to the lines. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a workhorse to carry the offense, and he should be an All-SEC star with a huge veteran line to work behind. The defensive tackle combination of Peria Jerry and Jeremy Garrett might be the best in the league if they can stay healthy.
    The ranking is too high because ... the quarterback situation is still a problem. Brent Schaeffer has the name recognition, but he can't throw a forward pass and doesn't use his running skills enough. Seth Adams is a more efficient passer, but he's hardly an elite player. Losing all three starting linebackers, especially Patrick Willis, is a killer for the defense, while the secondary has to prove it can make big plays after picking off only three passes last season.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Defensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Quarterback, Secondary

    61. Northwestern
    - Northwestern Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... everyone has had a year to figure out what they're doing. Just treading water after the Randy Walker tragedy, now the program is ready to move forward with Pat Fitzgerald and a good enough team to pull off a few nice wins in the Big Ten. The offensive line will be among the league's best, paving the way for Tyrell Sutton and what should be a big year.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defense is still a major concern. While there are promising players all over the place, there has to be some sort of a pass rush coming from somewhere, and the overall depth isn't quite in place. Offensively, the line can't handle a rash of injuries, and QB C.J. Bacher has to show he can stay healthy and be consistent.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Offensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Secondary

    62. Mississippi State
    - Mississippi State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the offense will be the best yet under Sylvester Croom. Yeah, yeah, that might be no big whoop, but the line is experienced, there's talent at receiver, and the running back tandem of Anthony Dixon and Robert Elliott could be special. Defensively, end Titus Brown and defensive back Derek Pegues are two of the best players in the SEC and good enough to build things around.
    The ranking is too high because ... there isn't a quarterback ready to make the attack shine. Michael Henig had his moments last year, but he has yet to prove he can stay healthy and has rarely been consistently decent. The defense is fast and athletic, but it's relatively inexperienced and will have to fight through some early growing pains. A slew of injuries anywhere would be disastrous.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Quarterback, Offensive Line

    63. Southern Miss
    - Southern Miss Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the defense should be back to being the nasty, stingy Southern Miss everyone was so afraid of a few years ago. The line is good enough to carry the team to a Conference USA title, while the linebackers should help in all areas, including getting into the backfield. RB Damion Fletcher might be the league's best player, while QB Jeremy Young appears on the verge of being a consistent, steady playmaker.
    The ranking is too high because ... if you shut down the USM running game, you'll shut down USM. Young isn't going to throw for 300 yards an outing if he has to, even with an All-America caliber tight end Shawn Nelson to work with. The offensive line needs to replace three starters and could become a bit of a problem over the first month.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Defensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Special Teams

    64. Colorado State
    - Colorado State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... this should be the best Ram team in several years. While that might not be saying much, the pieces are in place to be the Colorado State that was powering its way to national prominence. Getting star back Kyle Bell back to pound away with the ground game will be a much needed shot in the arm, while the receiving corps will be among the best in the Mountain West. The defense is full of crusty veterans who appear to be ticked about the way the last few seasons have played out.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defense still has to show if can make plays. There weren't many game-changing moments and not enough of a pass rush to scare anyone, and while the attitude is there to match the experience, it has to translate into production. If Kyle Bell has any setbacks with his knee, or if he's out for any stretch of time hurt, the ground game will go nowhere. There pass protection has to be far, far better.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Wide Receiver
    Relative Weaknesses: Offensive Line, Linebacker


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