2018 Spring College Football Rankings & Lookaheads: No. 1 to 130

2018 Spring College Football Rankings & Lookaheads: No. 1 to 130

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2018 Spring College Football Rankings & Lookaheads: No. 1 to 130


The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking a first look at all 130 teams as spring football kicks into high gear.


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Just how good are all 130 college football teams looking as we dive into the dog days of spring football?

Obviously, a slew of key position battles still have to be figured out. There will be injuries, grad transfers, and only about a million other things happening to change this over the next few months. But for now, here’s your snapshot of every team.

This isn’t about where the teams will end up. It’s about how strong they look at the moment.

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130. Liberty Flames

Give Turner Gill’s club a little while. It’ll be competitive at times, and it’ll win a few games, but the talent level isn’t quite there in the first year in the FBS world. Don’t expect the Flames to finish here at the end of the year.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

129. UTEP Miners

The only winless team of 2017 still needs a whole lot of work. New head man Dana Dimel will get the offense going a little more, but there isn’t enough experience to make a big splash.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

128. Charlotte 49ers

Where’s the offense going to come from? The lines have veterans, and just about everyone is back on defense, but scoring more is a must. Getting Miami grad transfer Evan Shirreffs could help. The 49ers just don’t have the weapons.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

127. New Mexico Lobos

Really, just how bad is the Bob Davie situation? Already suspended for a stretch this offseason, can the head coach pull together a team that collapsed over the second half of last year and finished 3-9? The team needs its identity back.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

126. Rice Owls

New head man Mike Bloomgren needs to find an offense for a team that couldn’t do anything right last season. The Owls get back enough offensive experience to be better, but can the D with seven starters carry the way to more than the one win from 2017?
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

125. San Jose State Spartans

There were signs of life at the end of last year, and now the hope is for the experience to turn into wins for the program that rises up and rocks once in a while – a long while. Almost everyone is back, but there’s still a long, long way to go under second year head man Brent Brennan.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

124. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

There’s plenty of hope for a stronger Year Two up in the FBS world, but the biggest plus is getting back head coach Joe Moglia after missing all of last season with health issues. Bringing back the entire O line helps, too.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

123. Kent State Golden Flashes

It’ll be an interesting experiment when 31-year-old Sean Lewis takes over the reigns of a program that seemed to go out of its way not to score over the last few seasons. The veterans are there, but are they any good? Auburn QB transfer Woody Barrett might change things.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

122. New Mexico State Aggies

Alright, alright, this might be way too low for a program coming off a fun run to a bowl game and an even more entertaining Arizona Bowl win. The backfield, though, has to be replaced, and life now as an independent should be a bit tougher.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

121. Georgia State Panthers

Is the offense there to finally start scoring? The Panthers got to a bowl game – and won it – on the defensive side, but six starters are done. Now it’s up to the offense to start carrying its share of the load.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

120. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

This isn’t quite working out like it’s supposed to under Nick Rolovich. The team’s top quarterback (Dru Brown) is off to Oklahoma State, and one of the best receivers (Dylan Collie) is going to BYU. No matter what, it’s time to get the O going again.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

119. Texas State Bobcats

The recruiting has been solid, and the pieces are there on the O line and defensive backfield, but it’s been a rough run over the last few years under head coach Everett Withers. This is when the payoff has to start coming.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

118. Old Dominion Monarchs

There’s hope to be a whole lot better than this with enough experience back on defense to overcome a mediocre O. Coming off a 5-7 season, there was a shot at going bowling before losing the final game, but based on talent, the Monarchs are just okay.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

117. South Alabama Jaguars

New head coach Steve Campbell gets a whole lot of veterans to play around with. Flaky, the Jaguars should’ve been better in the Sun Belt over the last few years. But with the solid lines returning, this might be way too low.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

116. Ball State Cardinals

Injuries. That was the problem last season, but the payoff might be there with more than enough experience to push for a winning season. But after going 2-10 with a nine-game losing streak to close things out – and with a D that couldn’t stop anyone – there’s a long way to go.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

115. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

The program that’s used to being around the bowl picture on a regular basis needs head man Billy Napier to work a few wonders. It wasn’t far off last year – going 5-7 with several chances late to come up with a winning season –  but the D that wasn’t great loses a ton.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

114. Bowling Green Falcons

Okay, enough is enough. There hasn’t been any defense over the last few seasons, but the offense started to perk up again and showed signs of life. With eight starters back on defense, it’s time to stop someone.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

113. Georgia Southern Eagles

Head man Chad Lunsford helped the program come up with two wins after taking over late, and now this option thing has to start working again. With all five starters back up front, and nine starters returning on D, look out for a big turnaround.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

112. Connecticut Huskies

It doesn’t feel like the Huskies are about to make a big turnaround under Randy Edsall, but he’s worked wonders in the past with a whole lot less. There won’t be any sort of defense, but the offense might just be able to bomb away again from time to time.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

111. UAB Blazers

Yeah, yeah, yeah, after starting from nothing and growing into one of the biggest shockers of 2017, why are they this low? The 41-6 loss to Ohio in the Bahamas Bowl might have been a wee bit more indicative of where the program really is at – even with all the returning experience.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

110. ULM Warhawks

They might not be all that great, but they’re going to be a whole lot of fun. The offense will put up points in bunches, while the D – even with nine returning starters – will give them up just as quickly.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

109. UTSA Roadrunners

All you have to do, UTSA, is score. Just a little bit. Just two touchdowns a game – which was next to impossible over the final month of last year. The defense will take care of the rest. The offense, though, just won’t have the pop.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

108. UNLV Rebels

UNLV continues to be the slot machine that doesn’t pay out. It lost way, way too many games against mediocre teams, but now the pieces are there to beat all the bad ones on the slate. QB Armani Rogers might just grow into something amazing.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

107. Akron Zips

Okay … so this is wrong. The defending East champs come back with a loaded D and no O – the same formula that got them to the MAC title game last year. The record will be far, far better than the team – if that makes any sense whatsoever.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

106. Central Michigan Chippewas

Last season was supposed to be when it all came together, and it sort of did. And now comes the rebuild, especially on offense. The wheels won’t totally come off, but it’ll be a battle to go bowling.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

105. UMass Minutemen

Yeah, the offensive firepower is there to start winning more of the close games the program couldn’t last year – helped by getting back all five starters up front – but it’ll be involved in a whole lot of shootouts. Don’t be stunned if this turns into one of the bigger surprises.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

104. Eastern Michigan Eagles

There some terrific parts to the Eagles mixed in with some problems. The team that couldn’t seem to win a meaningful close game gets back everyone in the secondary and offensive line. The offensive pop has to come, and the defensive front has to do more.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

103. Miami University RedHawks

If nothing else, the RedHawks have a terrific quarterback station with Gus Ragland returning and Noel Malzone transferring over from Michigan. Everyone is back on the O line, and the D might just be good enough to get MU bowling.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

102. Utah State Aggies

After going bowling last year by beating the bad teams on the slate, the Aggies should be going back with five starters back on the O line and nine returning on D. The team, though, is just okay – the record will be good enough.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

101. East Carolina Pirates

Can the Pirates come up with some sort of defense already? There’s experience returning, but does that actually matter? Get ready for more shootouts, but the ECU offense needs the skill weapons to rise up to keep up with a D that allowed 50 points or more six times.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

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