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

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

2018 Spring Football

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

By

100. Western Michigan Broncos

The Broncos might have been mediocre compared to the great, boat-rowing 2016 season, and now the offense should be a wee bit better. Can the defense make enough of a difference to get WMU to a bowl game? Yeah – seven wins isn’t asking for the world.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

99. Nevada Wolf Pack

It took a while for the Air Raid all-pass offense to get going, but there were signs of it all starting work. The Pack attack will be far more dangerous, and it’ll need to be – the D still won’t stop anyone, even with four starters back in the secondary.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

98. FIU Golden Panthers

FIU got it done without much offense last year, but now Butch Davis needs to work a few more miracles. The O has to reboot the backfield and the D loses way too much to expect a step forward.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

97. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

It’s Tulsa. It’s not going to be so awful again. It’s Tulsa. The defense will struggle, but with a loaded receiving corps returning, the passing game will crank it back up. It had better.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

96. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Don’t start expecting 2016 again – when the Bulldogs blew up on O – but the attack could and should be sharper. The Conference USA title is there for the taking if the defense that gets back eight starters is fine.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

95. WKU Hilltoppers

There’s no ground game in the all-pass attack, and now the Hilltoppers have to do it without Mike White under center. It’s possible for the defense to step up and give a little boost, but with this team, if the passing game doesn’t rock, forget it.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

94. BYU Cougars

What the heck was that? The offense now has to find the weapons to be merely average – but that’s not what the Cougar offense is supposed to be. Fortunately, the defense is in place to be much, much better than this. but BYU O … prove it.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

93. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

It’s a strong team that’ll get back to a bowl game as long as the running game can replace Ito Smith. There are just enough key losses to be outside of the Conference USA title chase, but it’s well coached with enough good players to come up with a nice run.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

92. Toledo Rockets

Yeah, this might be really, really low for the defending MAC champs. After all, the program is good enough restock the shelves in a hurry. But the offense loses a ton, and the defense is just okay. It’s not necessarily also-ran time, but it’ll be close.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

91. Tulane Green Wave

Get ready for the Willie Fritz offense to start to kick in like it’s supposed to. The running backs might not be all that experienced, but the line is great and the rest of the skill parts are there. It’ll be bowling time for the Green Wave.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

90. Ohio Bobcats

With five starters back on the O line, the running game will be as strong as ever for the team that might have been the MAC’s best. If you don’t know who QB Nathan Rourke is, you soon will. The record will be better than the team, though, even with a strong D returning, too.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

89. Colorado State Rams

Getting Washington grad transfer KJ Carta-Samuels might have saved the day – the quarterback situation was a big problem before he signed on. Last season the Rams were supposed to be great, and weren’t. This season they’re not supposed to be great, and they won’t be.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

88. Buffalo Bulls

This might just be the best team in the MAC. Just about everyone is back on both sides of the ball from a 6-6 team, and there’s an outside chance that the 6-7 Tyree Jackson could turn into this year’s Josh Allen. Okay, that’s a stretch, but he’s got interesting skills.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

87. Air Force Falcons

Everyone has to get a whole lot tougher and more physical. That’s paraphrasing the call from the coaching staff after the offense failed to be the normal Air Force offense, and the defense struggled too much. After not going bowling, it’ll be a fight this year. too.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

86. Arkansas State Red Wolves

With QB Justice Hansen back, the passing attack should rock – the line will give everyone plenty of time. However, the Red Wolves had better be ready to get into shootouts with a leaky-looking D.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

85. Cincinnati Bearcats

Can Year Two under Luke Fickell be any better? There’s no reason for the defense to not take a step forward with seven starters back, but the offense has to get going. The Bearcats scored more than 24 points just three times – the D won’t be good enough to overcome that again.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

84. Northern Illinois Huskies

It’s going to be a relative down year in the MAC – Toledo and Western Michigan aren’t as strong – but the Huskies should rise up. The ground game will be excellent behind a terrific line, but there has to be a bit more of a downfield passing attack. Losing grad transfer LB Jawuan Johnson transfer stings, but the D should still be fine.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

83. Temple Owls

After a little bit of a step back with a new coach and a whole slew of new parts, the Owls should be in the AAC title chase. There might not be quite enough there to win the league, but there’s a lot to like from an improving O.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

82. Army Black Knights

The absolute real deal last season, this might be way too low considering how many parts are back on the terrific D. Replacing QB Ahmad Bradshaw is the key, but the backs are there to make the option roll.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

81. SMU Mustangs

If you liked the passing game under the old regime, you’re going to love what’s coming next under Sonny Dykes. No D, no run, all throw. It’s all going to work if some new receivers can emerge to help out QB Ben Hicks. He’ll get time behind a good looking line.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

80. Kansas Jayhawks

Yes, David Beaty is still the head coach after not winning anything. Yes, Kansas gets just about everyone back on both sides of the ball. Yes, this is when it’s all supposed to start turning around for the woeful program. Yes, it’s time for something positive. Nah, it’s probably not going to happen.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

79. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

It would be interesting to see what Chris Ash’s program could do in a division other than the Big Ten East. There will be some semblance of a downfield passing game this year, but keep expecting enough stall ball in an attempt to keep games close.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

78. Appalachian State Mountaineers

New quarterback, new key linebackers, same ASU running game and great defense. This is sort of a test case for the program. It’s supposed to be enough of a machine to quickly fill in the holes and be in the Sun Belt title hunt no matter what. It will.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

77. Troy Trojans

The offensive backfield from last year’s fantastic team is gone, but the rest of the pieces are there to keep the fun going. With a great O line and good receivers – along with head coach Neal Brown still around – things should be fine, even if the defense needs work.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

76. Illinois Fighting Illini

This had all better work. Can Virginia Tech grad transfer AJ Bush really step in and make the offense work? Lovie Smith went really, really young, and now the payoff should come with experience on both sides of the ball. But now these guys have to be better at college football.
Spring Analysis & Breakdown

Spring Rankings By Conference 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | IND | MAC | MW | Sun Belt

NEXT: 50-75, Top 25

More College Football News
Home