Conference USA 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

Conference USA 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

2018 Spring Football

Conference USA 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis


The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at Conference USA.


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Conference USA 2018 Spring Rankings

Based on how strong the teams appear to be this spring.

14. UTEP Miners

The Miners can’t be any worse after finishing as the lone winless team, and they won’t be with new head man Dana Dimel. There’s not a whole lot to build on, though, especially on the lines. Coming up with a few surprises at the skill spots would be a plus.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

13. Charlotte 49ers

There’s hope for a quick turnaround as long as the lines are better. Four starters are back on the offensive front, and the D line gets everyone back, too. In all, ten starters return on defense, but the offense has to start doing its part.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

12. Rice Owls

Mike Bloomgren didn’t have much to work with after taking over the gig, and losing a few transfers didn’t help. The Owls have experienced skill players, and everyone returns in the secondary, but the linebacking corps is starting over.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

11. Old Dominion Monarchs

As long as a running back or two can rise up and rock behind a line that returns four starters, the Monarchs should be stronger. The defense returns eight starters, but the other side has to be more explosive.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

10. UAB Blazers

What can the Blazers do for an encore after a miraculous return to the big-time college football world? Do it again. The great part about last year was how it was a building process, too, and now the team is loaded with experience on offense. However, the D has work to do up front.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

9. UTSA Roadrunners

There wasn’t any offensive production last year, so losing all the starting skill spots and three starters on the line isn’t all that big a deal. However, not having NFL pass rusher Marcus Davenport anymore stinks. Even so, expect the D to be a killer again, even with just five starters back.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

8. FIU Golden Panthers

After a fantastic first season under Butch Davis, now the rebuilding begins. He walked into a decent situation with a ton of veterans on both sides of the ball, and now he has to hope for some help in the offensive and defensive backfields. The lines, though, should be fantastic.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

7. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

The Bulldogs return a strong offensive line, and get back everyone in the secondary, but the skill guys have to rise up. A star running back has to return, but the passing game should be better. It won’t be 2016 good, but it’ll be more dangerous.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

6. WKU Hilltoppers

Can the defense be great? With eight starters back, the Hilltoppers don’t have to only rely on the other side and the passing game. There wasn’t any running game – mostly by design – but there has to be some balance. The backs are there, but the veteran parts to the passing game aren’t.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

5. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

There might not be enough in place to take down the conference, but there’s no reason to not go bowling again and be a factor. There are good, veteran quarterbacks, but there’s not a lot when it comes to proven skill players around them. The secondary is a problem, but the defensive front should be okay.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

4. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

QB Brent Stockstill is back – again. As long as he can stay in one piece, look … out. The receiving corps is loaded and all five starters are back up front. With seven starters back on defense, that side just needs to occasionally hold serve.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

3. Marshall Thundering Herd

The Herd will be right there in the mix for the Conference USA title, thanks to the addition of QB Alex Thomson from Wagner. The O line gets everyone back, nine starters return on defense, and the skill guys are great around Thomson.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

2. North Texas Mean Green

As good as the rise has been under head coach Seth Littrell, this should be the really, really big year. The offense that was so good last year gets almost everyone back, and the defense is loaded with veterans. The entire defensive back seven is back, and two starters return up front.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

1. Florida Atlantic Owls

Yeah, let’s do it all again. RB Devin Singletary is back, but three starters are gone off the line – it’ll be fine. There’s an upgrade at quarterback with Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison and FSU transfer De’Andre Johnson battling it out, but the real key to the season? The defense welcomes back ten starters. To go along with all of that, Lane Kiffin is still around.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

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