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

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75. Wyoming Cowboys

With all five starters back on the O line, there’s a chance the Josh Allen-less attack might actually be better on the ground. Can the defense keep taking the ball away despite missing some key parts? Yup – the D will be fantastic again.
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74. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Ready to be deep in the Conference USA title hunt, the Blue Raiders get back QB Brent Stockstill and a loaded receiving corps. The O will be unstoppable at times, to go along with one of the better defenses in the Rick Stockstill era.
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73. Navy Midshipmen

The machine has to find new top running backs, and the defensive front to start being a bit more consistent. But QB Zach Abey and RB Malcolm Perry will run wild – the team that showed up to blow away Virginia in the Military Bowl has to be there from the start.
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72. Marshall Thundering Herd

Get ready for an explosive Marshall team that should be one of the lead dogs in the Conference USA pack. Getting Wagner transfer quarterback Alex Thomson is a big deal, and everything else is in place to put up huge numbers. The defense just has to not screw everything up, but nine starters are back – it’ll be good, too.
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71. Oregon State Beavers

The hope is for new head coach Jonathan Smith to infuse some life into a mediocre offense that couldn’t overcome the horrendous defense. It’ll be more of the same, but at least the coaching staff should get the attack going – especially if QB Jake Luton is back and healthy.
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70. North Texas Mean Green

Florida Atlantic might be the AAC’s big star, but North Texas isn’t all that far off – if at all. Almost everyone is back on the sensational offense,  and just enough returns on defense to do its part. Be stunned if the Mean Green don’t hit 40 points per game with regularity.
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69. Virginia Cavaliers

Was it all a mirage? After a breakthrough year, now Virginia has to keep it all going – and show up for a bowl game this time, if it gets there. The Cavs desperately need Arizona State transfer Bryce Perkins to be a playmaker for an offense that’ll lack a bunch of punch.
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68. Fresno State Bulldogs

If you liked last year’s rise to Mountain West power under Jeff Tedford, you’ll dig the follow up act. The defensive back seven should be one of the league’s best again, but unlike last season, the offense should be more explosive and a lot more consistent.
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67. Houston Cougars

The program hasn’t exactly taken off under Major Applewhite, but it’s been fine. And this year, it’ll be … fine. Ed Oliver is a special player to resolve the defense around, but unless the offense can start doing more – QB D’Eriq King will help that – the Cougars will get to a bowl, but they’ll be just … fine.
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66. Baylor Bears

This is a gift of an early ranking, but Baylor really might make a decent jump up after a miserable 2017 if the starting 22 can stay in one piece. Matt Rhule has more pieces in place now, nine starters return on defense, but it’s all up to the offense to keep up the pace in the Big 12.
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65. Florida Atlantic Owls

Get ready for the Lane Kiffin fun show to continue. RB Devin Singletary will be one of the nation’s most productive backs once the O line comes together, but the key this season is a loaded and underappreciated defense with just about everyone back.
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64. USF Bulls

The offensive backfield might lose a superstar QB in Quinton Flowers, and the defense might have to replace a slew of key parts, but Charlie Strong’s team is more than good enough to be in the American Athletic title chase again. It’s just not going to be quite as good.
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63. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Give it one more year. PJ Fleck is slowly starting to build up the talent level, but there’s a good base in place to go bowling. Finding a downfield passing game is a must, but the Gophers need stronger skill players across the board. The effort will be there, but the results have to follow.
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62. Arizona State Sun Devils

Can Herm Edwards really change things up enough to make ASU a factor in the improved Pac-12 South? There’s a big gamble being taken here, especially with a defense that stunk, and now is inexperienced, too. Energy won’t be a problem, but it could be a rocky year.
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61. Vanderbilt Commodores

Will there be enough of an offense to keep up? The Commodores hit the skids after chirping before the Alabama game, but they do have a defense to hang around games this season. Everyone is back on the O line, but the skill players are sketchy.
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60. Duke Blue Devils

There’s a whole lot to like about the Blue Devils, but not like you think. Can they win with … defense? The linebacking corps is the team’s rock, but the dink-and-dunk offense has to do enough to keep up with the better ACC teams.
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59. Syracuse Orange

Yeah, even without the top receivers, the passing game will still be amazing, but can the defense do enough to hold serve? The D line should be good, the secondary better, but the Orange have to go from miserable on defense to at least average.
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58. Indiana Hoosiers

After collapsing late and missing out on a bowl game, now the Hoosiers have to rise up under head coach Tom Allen and show that they really are good enough to get to at least six wins no matter what. Unfortunately, the D will take a big step back, and the offensive skills guys are just okay. The offensive line, though, will be terrific.
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57. Boston College Eagles

Is it possible this is way, way, WAY too low? It all depends on the health of QB Anthony Brown as he comes back from a torn ACL. AJ Harris and the running game will rock, the defense will be Boston College solid, and the program appears to be on the right track.
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56. Memphis Tigers

After coming so, so close to taking the American Athletic title – and, possibly, the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six spot – the Tigers have to find a new quarterback and, without Anthony Miller, a new star receiver. But everything else is there to be back in the AAC championship hunt.
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55. San Diego State Aztecs

Another year, another big push for the Mountain West title and a double-digit win season. All five starters are back on the offensive front to keep the Rashaad Penny-less ground game going, and the defense will be its typical killer self.
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54. Colorado Buffaloes

It’s up to whether or not QB Steven Montez is an elite quarterback. The guess? He is – as long as he’s more accurate and consistent. There are a whole lot of losses, though, on the offensive side, and the great secondary of the last two years has been gutted.
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53. Ole Miss Rebels

Even though there isn’t anything to play for, and the depth might be a bit in question, the Rebels should be dangerous. Head coach Matt Luke is still around, and even with a few key players bolting/finished, the starting 22 is going to be dangerous. The O line, secondary and QB Jordan Ta’amu will end up being good enough to win with.
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52. Cal Golden Bears

After a year to get situated, now head coach Justin Wilcox and his staff should make Cal a player in the North. All five starters are back on the offensive line that’ll help all the good-enough skill players to be more consistent, but it’s the defense that should d be the big difference, especially in the secondary.
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51. Washington State Cougars

Getting East Carolina-to-Alabama grad transfer Gardner Minshew is a huge, huge help for the quarterback situation, but the Mike Leach offense should take a wee step back. Even though the defense has improved over the last few years, it’ll take a little hit, too.
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