Independent 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

Independent 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

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Independent 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis


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


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Independents 2018 Spring Rankings

Based on how the teams appear to be this spring.

6. Liberty Flames

It’s the first season in the big leagues as Liberty moves up into the FBS world. Head coach Turner Gill has a competitive team with a decent offensive line and a solid secondary, but it’s going to be a weekly battle to be anything more than a speed bump against the decent teams.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

5. New Mexico State Aggies

Fresh off of being kicked out of the Sun Belt, New Mexico State lands on its feet as an independent. After winning a bowl game, the program has some positive momentum, but the offensive backfield needs work. Fortunately, nine starters are back on the defensive side, and the passing game should be fine.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

4. UMass Minutemen

Get ready for a high-powered UMass passing game with most of the key parts back working behind a line that returns all five starters. The shootouts will come, with the D having to rebuild the linebacking corps and line, but the secondary is loaded with veterans.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

3. BYU Cougars

Can the Cougars somehow get past last season’s disaster? There are some tweaks and changes, but it’s going to take some work to find the right quarterback and more explosion. The D loses star LB Fred Warner, but gets back all five starters in the secondary.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

2. Army Black Knights

It’s been a fun run for the Black Knights, with wins over Navy, a bowl victory, and a program that’s hit its stride under head coach Jeff Monken. The quarterback situation has to be figured out, but the backs are in place, and eight starters return on defense.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

It’s going to be a step back after last year’s rebound campaign, but it’ll still be a strong season if the O line can rock. The Irish only return two starters up on the offensive front front, have a whole lot of replacements to be made in the linebacking corps, and have to find a few new top skill players. However, the secondary is loaded, the offensive system is in place, and the quarterbacks are solid.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

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