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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CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
Top 10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 101-130

100. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

This should be an interesting team to figure out. It’s full of veterans, but the schedule will make it tough to come up with a winning record. QB Cole McDonald should put up huge numbers – if Chevan Cordeiro doesn’t take over the gig – and there might be a little defense, too, with nine starters returning.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-7
2018 Final Record: 8-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 73
2019 Schedule Analysis

99. Florida Atlantic Owls

Remember, these rankings are based off of how good the teams appear to be to start the season and now where they’re projected to end up. However, the quarterback situation is a bit of a mess for an O that loses way too much, and the defensive front loses veterans.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 91
2019 Schedule Analysis

98. Georgia Southern Eagles

You know what’s coming. The running game will be devastating, but the inexperienced running backs have to emerge as stars right away. The defense is solid, especially at linebacker.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 10-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 28
2019 Schedule Analysis

97. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Losing veteran quarterback Brent Stockstill hurts, but that’s not the only issue. The Blue Raiders had issues on an O line that had big, big problems, and the secondary is all but starting from scratch.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 8-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 59
2019 Schedule Analysis

96. Toledo Rockets

There’s a lot to like, but like last season, the MAC West is going to be a fight. The running backs are great, but the offensive line and receivers will be a work in progress. The bigger problem is defensively, especially at linebacker.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 61
2019 Schedule Analysis

95. Nevada Wolf Pack

The defense that came up with such a good season loses a ton of talent – five of the top six tacklers are gone. As long as the offense can get the passing game going on a consistent basis with longtime starter Ty Gangi done, there’s a shot to come up with a repeat of 2018.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 8-5
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 48
2019 Schedule Analysis

94. Northern Illinois Huskies

New head coach Thomas Hammock will get more out of the running game right away, and it should happen in a little bit of time. The pass rush needs a boost with Sutton Smith gone, but there’s a ton of defensive production returning.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: is 8-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 38
2019 Schedule Analysis

93. Western Michigan Broncos

This needs to be when it all starts coming together. Head coach Tim Lester has been fine so far, but he’s got the team to challenge for the MAC title. It starts with a defense that gets just about everyone back, and the offense has the talent to be more consistent.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 76
2019 Schedule Analysis

92. Arkansas State Red Wolves

Star QB Justice Hansen is gone, but the good receivers are back for an offense that shouldn’t miss a beat. There has to be a pass rush with new parts at defensive end, but there’s experience overall on D.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 8-5
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 72
2019 Schedule Analysis

91. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

The Sun Belt West champs from last year should be even stronger under rising coaching star Billy Napier. The Ragin’ Cajuns are loaded up front with five senior starters returning to lead what should be a great attack. The defensive front is going to be terrific, too.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 7-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 79
2019 Schedule Analysis

90. UAB Blazers

Admittedly this ranking is a big-time guess considering what the program has been able to do over the last two years. However, the Blazers built back up for the reemergence, and now comes the rebuild. From the offensive line, to the receiving corps, to losing ten top tacklers, there’s a whole lot of work to do.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 11-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 11
2019 Schedule Analysis

89. UNLV Rebels

There’s way too much returning to not finally turn a corner. QB Armani Rogers and the strong receiving corps should put up big numbers, and the defense should be just good enough to get by if a pass rush emerges.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 4-8
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 107
2019 Schedule Analysis

88. Troy Trojans

New head man Chip Lindsey inherits a strong team that has to improve the passing game, but has the running backs and O line to be great right away. The defense should be among the Sun Belt’s best.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 10-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 33
2019 Schedule Analysis

87. Kansas Jayhawks

The hiring of Les Miles is a big deal, but it’s going to take a while for it all to start working. There’s experience across the board, but the talent and playmakers aren’t there. The secondary will be good, but the defense as a whole has to be a whole lot stronger.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 3-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 108
2019 Schedule Analysis

86. North Texas Mean Green

There’s no slowing down QB Mason Fine and an offense that should once again be a problem in the Conference USA race as long as the tackle situation is fine. The D won’t stop anyone, but the O should make up for it.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 9-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 51
2019 Schedule Analysis

85. Ohio Bobcats

Nathan Rourke is back at quarterback, but the rest of the key skill guys are gone and the line has work to do. However, even with a few parts gone up front, the defense is loaded up to be among the MAC’s best. Frank Solich will quickly find replacements.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 9-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 30
2019 Schedule Analysis

84. Tulane Green Wave

The potential is there for another big season with a backfield full of talent, and with Oklahoma State transfer Jalen McCleskey helping out the receiving corps. The negative? The O line could use some help. Nine starters are back on a defense that might just have to hold serve.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 67
2019 Schedule Analysis

83. Air Force Falcons

At some point, the Falcons will get back to being their old selves. The backfield should be better than it’s been, but the offense isn’t the issue. The Air Force defense has to be far better, and the starting 11 will be.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 11-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 96
2019 Schedule Analysis

82. Utah State Aggies

Okay, so this is way too disrespectful for a team coming off a great year, but Gary Andersen has a whole lot of rebuilding to do on both sides of the ball. Most of the top skill guys have to be replaced, and the D is starting over in some spots.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 11-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 19
2019 Schedule Analysis

81. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

There’s a lot to like about the Bulldog defensive back seven, but the pass rush takes a massive hit losing Jaylon Ferguson and Immanuel Turner. The passing attack is good enough to hang around with just about everyone on the schedule. Get ready for a possible run to the Conference USA title game.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 8-5
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 77
2019 Schedule Analysis

80. SMU Mustangs

With an upgrade at quarterback thanks to the arrival of Shane Buechele from Texas to bomb away to James Proche and a great receiving corps, the offense should be more explosive again. Making matters better is the experience returning on the lines. In all, 14 of the top 16 tacklers are back.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 85
2019 Schedule Analysis

79. Oregon State Beavers

The team will be better, but the schedule is tough in an improved Pac-12. Getting QB Jake Luton back for a sixth year helps, and Jermar Jefferson is a rising star at running back, but the O line has to be a whole lot better. The defense is loaded with enough experience to be stronger.

2019 Spring Prediction: 3-9
2018 Final Record: 2-10
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 116
2019 Schedule Analysis

78. Temple Owls

It all starts on the offensive line with four starters returning for new head man Rod Carey. The defensive front seven is strong, and quarterback Anthony Russo is solid. The secondary has an issue and the running backs and receivers are sketchy, but overall, this is a strong team.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 8-5
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 58
2019 Schedule Analysis

77. Marshall Thundering Herd

It’s going to be one of the most intriguing Group of Five programs, thanks to a deep and talented backfield and a great O line. The linebacking corps might be iffy, but everything else is in place.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 9-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 46
2019 Schedule Analysis

76. FIU Golden Panthers

Butch Davis has built the program up into a possible Conference USA monster. It starts with a defense that returns almost all of the key tacklers, but the offense should be more explosive with a great receiving corps for QB James Morgan to work with.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 9-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 43
2019 Schedule Analysis

CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
Top 10 | 11-25 | 26-5076-100 | 101-130

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