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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 70 to 79

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

    Dangerous Sleepers - No. 70 to No. 79

    Despite the low ranking, a bowl bid is the expected goal

    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.
    70. Stanford
    - Stanford Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... new head coach Jim Harbaugh has an outstanding receiving corps to make his attack to. Mark Bradford and Evan Moore are NFL-caliber targets who'll make all the difference for the offense if they can stay healthy. The defense has a decent linebacking corps and good potential against the pass if the new attacking scheme can generate a little bit of pressure.
    The ranking is too high because ... there's still a lot of work to be done to be respectable. A lot. The ground game is all but starting from scratch with an average group of backs trying to make things happen behind a mediocre line. Anyone who can run the ball should be able to do it at will against the Cardinal front.
    Relative Strengths: Wide Receiver, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Secondary, Offensive Line

    71. Iowa State
    - Iowa State | Offense Preview | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the coaching change will be eased with the return of Bret Meyer at quarterback. One of the league's best all-around signal callers, he should make everyone around him shine if he gets a little bit of time to work. Todd Blythe is a star receiver to combine with Meyer to get the Cyclone air attack going on a more consistent basis. Defensively, having a head coach like Gene Chizik should make a world of difference.
    The ranking is too high because ... the offensive line has to be far, far better than it was last year for the team to have any hope of improving. There's no depth whatsoever up front and four new starters trying to figure out what they're doing. Defensively, the secondary will be a big problem without a top-flight number one corner to rely on.
    Relative Strengths: Quarterback, Special Teams
    Relative Weaknesses: Defensive Line, Secondary

    72. Indiana
    - Indiana Preview | Offense | Indiana Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the pieces are in place to get the offense rolling on a more consistent basis with QB Kellen Lewis and WR James Hardy among the most dangerous in the Big Ten. The running game might not be all that strong, but there's plenty of speed to work with in Marcus Thigpen and Demetrius McCray. The corner tandem of Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors could be the best in the league.
    The ranking is too high because ... the offensive line isn't there to be a consistent winner in the Big Ten. The defense, while quick, is extremely small, mostly by design, and will get shoved all over the place. There's no proven pass rush to count on, meaning the great corners have to be even better than advertised. Of course, the loss of head coach Terry Hoeppner will be everything to the program. He had the program going in the right direction and was the driving force for the young team.
    Relative Strengths: Quarterback, Wide Receiver
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Offensive Line

    73. Western Michigan
    - Western Michigan Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... everything is in place to crank out one of the MAC's most devastating defenses, led by the secondary. On offense, the line has the potential to be dominant, the quarterback situation is great with the return of Tim Hiller to battle with Thomas Peregrin, and the solid receiving corps should be better as the year goes on. The defense that terrorized opposing backfields last year will continue to blow things up and make big plays.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defense, while quick, isn't all that big and should be pounded on by power running teams. While the scheme helps make the outside linebackers the stars, losing Ameer Ismail and Paul Tithof will hurt. If the newcomers to the receiving corps don't shine right away, there won't be much pop to the offense.
    Relative Strengths: Quarterback, Secondary
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Receivers

    74. Wyoming
    - Wyoming Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the offense is on the verge of exploding. Running backs Wynel Seldon and Devin Moore form a potentially devastating 1-2 punch, the receiving corps is full of productive prospects, and Karsten Sween has the talent to grow into the star the entire team can build around. First he has to win the job. The defense might have had problems at the end of the year, but it finished up ninth in the nation in total D and now welcomes back one of the Mountain West's best linebacking corps.
    The ranking is too high because ... the offense might have the skill players, but the line isn't anything special and will struggle against the better Mountain West defensive fronts. Running the ball up the middle might be a big issue. Defensively, the line has to replace everyone, including some good reserves, while the secondary needs to find two new safeties to take over for last year's stars.
    Relative Strengths: Linebacker, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Offensive Line, Secondary


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