18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 4, there’s still a long, long way to go before getting to fall camps, but with spring football winding down, here’s the ranking of the Group of Five conferences.
18 for ’18: No. 4 Ranking The Group Of Five Conferences
18 for ’18 Offseason Topics
18: Power 5 Coach Hot Seat Rankings
17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
12. Already Great Players About To Explode
11. Every Power Five’s Sleeper Team
10. Five Key Returning Injured Stars
9. Top Make Or Break QB Battles
8. Crazy Predictions That Might Be Right
7. Group of Five Teams In CFP Hunt
6. Possible Power Five Disappointments
5. Possible Power Five Surprises
With a whole summer yet to go, and with several parts still needing to be put in before fall camp, here’s how each of the Group of Five conferences look as spring ball starts to wind down.
This might change come August, but for now, here’s the early ranking of the GOFers, starting with …
5. Sun Belt
There’s a whole lot of uncertainty at the bottom, but the top of the ticket can hold its own with anyone in the Group of Five world.
Troy is coming a fantastic season, highlighted by a win over LSU, and Appalachian State and Arkansas State are once again going to be the main players in the conference title race. Only this year, there won’t be a tie at the top, with the new two-division format complete with a Sun Belt championship.
And there won’t be Idaho or New Mexico State as a part of the mix, either.
Georgia State is starting to do some nice things, and Louisiana is good enough to turn the ship back around and be the perennial bowl program and power player in the league again. But can ULM turn all of its offense into wins, especially with nine starters back on D?
The league needs Georgia Southern to rise up and rock. The option-attack team has the systems in place to be a factor, and it has the O line and the runners to be dangerous. Now it has to figure out how to win again.
South Alabama is undergoing a coaching change, Coastal Carolina is getting its head man back – with Joe Moglia taking a year off due to medical issues – and Texas State needs to finally turn a corner and not be such a speed bump.
For now, it’s about perception. As long as the big boys at the top are doing some damage – or are at least competitive – in non-conference play, the league will start to look stronger.