2019 Spring College Football Rankings, Predictions: No. 1 to 130

2019 Spring College Football Rankings, Predictions: No. 1 to 130

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2019 Spring College Football Rankings, Predictions: No. 1 to 130

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The 2019 spring college football rankings, taking a look at all 130 teams.


Just how good are all 130 college football teams looking as we dive into the dog days of the offseason?

Obviously, a slew of key position battles still have to be figured out. There will be injuries, transfers, and only about a million other things happening to change this over the next few months. But for now, here’s your snapshot of every team.

This isn’t about where the teams will end up – the CFN Season Rankings are about production, not talent. It’s about how strong everyone looks at the moment, with the next rankings coming this summer as a part of Preview 2019.

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CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
Top 10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100

130. UTEP Miners

At some point this all has to turn. The offense needs to find something that works with all the decent experience returning, but the defense needs way too many new starters to emerge as instant stars.

2019 Spring Prediction: 3-9
2018 Final Record: 1-11
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 130
2019 Schedule Analysis

129. Texas State Bobcats

It’s going to take a lot of work and rebuilding for new head man Jake Spavital  to overcome. There are veterans on the O line and secondary, but the defensive front and offensive playmakers are way too questionable.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 123
2019 Schedule Analysis

128. UTSA Roadrunners

The Roadrunners have to come up with some semblance of offensive production. It was a rebuilding year in 2018, but where are the sure playmakers? The D won’t be 2017 amazing, but it’ll be better.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 112
2019 Schedule Analysis

127. New Mexico State Aggies

There’s experience, but where’s the talent? The Aggies should have a decent passing game, but the defense is going to be a problem in shootout after shootout. The line is there for the D, but the linebacking corps will need some time.

2019 Spring Prediction: 2-10
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 124
2019 Schedule Analysis

126. San Jose State Spartans

At some point the thing will start to work under head coach Brent Brennan. The offense has experience in the backfield, and four starters return up front, but the defense needs an overhaul. The secondary has to find playmakers – fast.

2019 Spring Prediction: 3-9
2018 Final Record: 1-11
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 126
2019 Schedule Analysis

125. Rice Owls

The team should be better in Year Two under Mike Bloomgren, but the schedule is going to be an issue. The bigger problem is an offense that’s lacking in firepower. If there’s any pop, the veteran defense should lead the way to a stronger season.

2019 Spring Prediction: 2-10
2018 Final Record: 2-11
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 127
2019 Schedule Analysis

124. UMass Minutemen

The Minutemen will be worse without WR Andy Isabella and a few other major producers on both sides of the ball. It’s a rebuilding job for new head man Walt Bell, but he has a decent-looking D line to work around.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 4-8
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 104
2019 Schedule Analysis

123. Akron Zips

New head coach Tom Arth’s first job is to get the offense going, and it starts with QB Kato Nelson and a group of veteran receivers. Almost all of the top tacklers have to be replaced, but the combination of LB John Lako and S Alvin Davis are great to build around.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 4-8
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 102
2019 Schedule Analysis

122. Bowling Green Falcons

New head coach Scot Loeffler needs to do a rebuild, but the offense should be fun enough to hang around with most mediocre teams. Enough veterans are back on defense to hope for an improvement, but the secondary is a concern.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 118
2019 Schedule Analysis

121. Ball State Cardinals

There’s hope for a little bit of an improvement thanks to a defense that gets back the top seven tacklers along with everyone in the back seven. The O line gets all five starters back, and the receiving corps should be fine. Now the offensive backfield has to show up.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 4-8
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 10 6
2019 Schedule Analysis

120. Kent State Golden Flashes

There’s plenty of experience to a team that might just rise up and surprise in Year Two under Sean Lewis. QB Woody Barrett and the offense should be stronger, but the defense has too many big losses on the front four.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 2-10
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 114
2019 Schedule Analysis

119. South Alabama Jaguars

It took a year of work to potentially take a big step forward under Steve Campbell. The offense has to show up, but everyone returns on the O line, and there are some nice parts to the attack. The defensive front seven needs more tuning.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 109
2019 Schedule Analysis

118. Old Dominion Monarchs

It’s an interesting team that was close to being good last year, but should take a slight step back. The linebacking corps will be great, but the rest of the D is a concern. Former Michigan State QB Messiah deWeaver should help the offense that loses just enough to hurt.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 4-8
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 105
2019 Schedule Analysis

117. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

There’s a whole lot of experience returning under new head man Jamey Chadwell to be far better than this ranking, but they need to find a quarterback and the pass protection has to be a whole lot stronger.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 98
2019 Schedule Analysis

116. Liberty Flames

Can Hugh Freeze turn Liberty into a player in the bowl chase? There’s enough talent to push for a winning campaign thanks to a great-looking group of skill players. There’s enough defensive talent returning to not be a problem. As good as Turner Gill was, there’s a coaching upgrade.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 6-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 95
2019 Schedule Analysis

115. Georgia State Panthers

It might have been a rough 2018, but it’s a veteran team that should be a whole lot stronger on both sides of the ball. A pass rush needs to show up, but the offensive line is good and the secondary will be among the Sun Belt’s best

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 2-10
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 122
2019 Schedule Analysis

114. UConn Huskies

The Huskies have to be better – there’s no way the defense can be any worse. At the very least, they’re absolutely loaded with experience on D with 11 of the top 12 tacklers returning. The offense should be fine in time thanks to a loaded line, but more firepower has to come from the skill spots.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 1-11
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 129
2019 Schedule Analysis

113. ULM Warhawks

The fun and firepower are there with QB Caleb Evans working behind a line that gets everyone back, but it’s the defense that has to rise up with eight starters returning. Overall, the experience has to turn into production.

2019 Spring Prediction:5-7
2018 Final Record: 6-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 89
2019 Schedule Analysis

112. WKU Hilltoppers

The Hilltoppers will end up higher than this if all goes according to plan – 2018 was likely an aberration. New head man Tyson Helton walks into a nice situation with everyone back on offense and almost all of the veterans back on D. Now everyone has to be better at college football.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 111
2019 Schedule Analysis

111. East Carolina Pirates

There’s a solid chance this becomes one of the high risers in the American Athletic Conference under new head coach Mike Houston, but only if the skill spots emerge in a hurry. The offensive line should be a positive, and the defense has veterans, but the new staff has to be a differentiating factor.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 117
2019 Schedule Analysis

110. Navy Midshipmen

Can the Midshipmen get their mojo back? It’s going to be tough with so many parts gone from a mediocre team that struggle way too much. Do-it-all playmaker Malcolm Perry is back, but the lines need a whole lot of work, and almost all of the top tacklers have to be replaced.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 3-10
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 101
2019 Schedule Analysis

109. Charlotte 49ers

There’s experience for new head coach Will Healy to work with, starting with a good quarterback situation and a deep group of running backs. The defense should be stronger, too, with S Ben DeLuca and most of the top tacklers returning.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 93
2019 Schedule Analysis

108. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Can the program finally turn around and get the offense going again? The veterans are there at the skill spots, but the line has to be far stronger and the experience has to translate into production. Almost everyone returns on defense, but again, everyone has to be better.

2019 Spring Prediction: 3-9
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 115
2019 Schedule Analysis

107. Eastern Michigan Eagles

It’s going to take some rebuilding to get back to a bowl game. Too many key parts are done on defense, and the running attack needs work after losing a few starters on the interior of the line. EMU won’t fall off the map, but going bowling again will be tough.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 71
2019 Schedule Analysis

106. Central Michigan Chippewas

There should be a nice turnaround right away under new head man Jim McElwain – 2018 was an aberration. Houston transfer QB Quinten Dormady helps the passing game that gets back all of the top targets. The O needs to light it up with the defense losing just about everyone.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 1-11
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 128
2019 Schedule Analysis

105. Colorado State Rams

Alright, so the Rams might just be a whole lot better than this. The receiving corps has to do some work, but that’s just one part of the attack that has to find a slew of new starters. The D didn’t do much last season, and now it has to replace four of the top six tacklers.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 120
2019 Schedule Analysis

104. Buffalo Bulls

It’s been a rough run for the program with QB Tyree Jackson turning pro, and WR KJ Osborn leaving for Miami. The running backs, though, are great, and the line is a plus. The defense, though has to replace some irreplaceable parts. Six of the top nine tacklers are done.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 10-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 34
2019 Schedule Analysis

103. Miami University

The defense might have to replace a few of the top tacklers, but the depth is there to rise up back up in a hurry. The O has to replace QB Gus Ragland, but the other skill parts are good enough to get by in the MAC.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 6-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 70
2019 Schedule Analysis

102. New Mexico Lobos

Can the offense that showed hope and potential explosion early on – before the quarterback injuries – start to work? The veteran offensive line should help the cause, and the attack has to blow up with way too many key parts gone from the defense.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 110
2019 Schedule Analysis

101. Wyoming Cowboys

If there’s any offense whatsoever, all of a sudden, Wyoming should be interesting. However, the defense loses several mainstays who kept the team afloat over the last few years. QB Tyler Vander Waal returns – even though he’s not guaranteed to be the starter – but he has to move the attack.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 6-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 90
2019 Schedule Analysis

CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
Top 10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100

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