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2007 Preseason Rankings - No. 90 to 99

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

  1. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Probably Rebuilding - No. 90 to No. 99

    At least two of these teams will finish much higher
    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

    90. UCF
    - UCF Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the offense should be excellent as long as a few receivers show up. Kevin Smith is a strong back to carry the offense until QB Kyle Israel gets comfortable with his new targets. The defense took its lumps last season with a slew of inexperienced players seeing time in key spots, and now the results should come, especially in the secondary.
    The ranking is too high because ... everything will have to align perfectly to be a player in the Conference USA race. There are several concerns from the linebacking corps to the shaky, but experienced, secondary to the average offensive line. After the way last year played out with a lousy 4-8 campaign, anything less than a good start could be disastrous for the team's confidence.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Special Teams
    Relative Weaknesses: Linebacker, Wide Receiver

    91. East Carolina
    - East Carolina Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... this is the toughest team in Conference USA to figure out. If the offense can get steady play out of the skill players, and the secondary can be decent, the Pirates will be the wild-card in the league race. The defensive line should be the best in the conference, and good enough to make the rest of the defense look great at times. The tight ends will provide excellent safety valves for new starting quarterback Rob Kass.
    The ranking is too high because ... there are way too many X factors to count on a consistent season. The cornerbacks will be a problem early on, the receiving corps will be a work in progress, and the offensive line needs to make a major jump in production from last year. This could be the type of team that can beat anyone in the league, and can lose to anyone.
    Relative Strengths: Defensive Line, Linebacker
    Relative Weaknesses: Secondary, Special Teams

    92. Navy
    - Navy Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... under head coach Paul Johnson, the team always produces better than its talent level should allow. If you thought the Navy running game was good before, wait until you see this year's version. This is the most experienced, talented backfield Johnson has had with a ground game that can score from anywhere on the field. Few teams are better at quickly plugging personnel holes with new starters who know exactly what to do.
    The ranking is too high because ... any injury could be devastating to a thin line with no depth. Only three starters and seven lettermen return to a defense that'll have a hard time stopping if it has to be on the field for an extended length of time. Rashawn King is a good corner, but the secondary will likely get picked apart early on until a pass rush emerges. As always, there won't be any passing game outside of the occasional big play when opposing defenses have their guard down.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Wide Receiver, Linebacker

    93. UNLV
    - UNLV Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... the potential is there for a big, big turnaround after two tremendously disappointing seasons. The receiving corps is loaded with weapons, the ground game has good backs to work with, and Rocky Hinds should be better after gutting it out last year on a torn ACL. The defense should get to the quarterback on a regular basis while the back seven will be among the most athletic in the Mountain West, even if it's not all that talented.
    The ranking is too high because ... the team was so bad last year that it has to hope for several big things to happen to see a big jump in the standings. Hinds, while healthier, is still coming off a knee injury, the defense has to show it can stop someone early on before things get out of hand. The secondary should be an issue and will desperately miss Eric Wright.
    Relative Strengths: Wide Receiver, Special Teams

    94. San Diego State
    - San Diego State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    The ranking is too low because ... if everyone is healthy on offense, the attack could be devastating. Head coach Chuck Long is too good an offensive mind to allow for another mediocre year, and if he can have QB Kevin O'Connell, RB Lynell Hamilton, and his veteran line together for a full season, watch out. This is the type of team that could rise up and shock anyone in the Mountain West on a given day.
    The ranking is too high because ... the defense isn't going to be up to snuff. If the offense isn't vastly improved, the D won't be able to pick up the slack. There's no apparent pass rush, the secondary is a potential nightmare, and there's no depth to rely on. The offense, while improved, has to make big strides after averaging just over 14 points per game.
    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Quarterback
    Relative Weaknesses: Defensive Line, Linebacker


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