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 | 26-5076-100 | 101-130

75. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

The team is in place, but the schedule is going to be a problem, especially early on. Talent-wise, let’s go. The offense gets back ten starters including everyone up front, and the defense should be good enough on the line to overcome a few issues in the back seven.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 6-5
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 75
2019 Schedule Analysis

74. BYU Cougars

This is one of those X factor teams that’s solid, but needs a few things to go its way. The defense should be a brick wall at times with a ton of tacklers returning. If QB Zach Wilson can rise up and become a star, the passing game should start to rock.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 53
2019 Schedule Analysis

73. Appalachian State Mountaineers

It’s a new era under Eliah Drinkwitz, but the team is still loaded with enough talent to win another Sun Belt title. The offense gets just about everyone of note back, and the defense – especially the back seven – is going to be special.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 11-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 21
2019 Schedule Analysis

72. USF Bulls

There are plenty of veterans on offense, but now they all have to play better. The receiving corps is outstanding, the running backs are deep, and the line is good enough to protect QB Blake Barnett. The defense is another story with a lot to do up front, but with a decent secondary.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 78
2019 Schedule Analysis

71. Louisville Cardinals

Consider the Cardinals to be past their hiccup. New head coach Scott Satterfield isn’t going to work miracles right away, but the running backs and receivers are strong enough be great. The veterans are there on defense, but the stops have to come.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 2-10
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 121
2019 Schedule Analysis

70. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers should be better – someday. There’s more than enough offensive experience and talent to field a decent starting 11 – starting with RB Raheem Blackshear – but the defense has to replace five of the top seven tacklers. The line will be a plus.

2019 Spring Prediction: 3-9
2018 Final Record: 1-11
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 125
2019 Schedule Analysis

69. North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels won’t be awful, but the ACC is solid and the talent level isn’t where it needs to be. There’s experience, depth, and upside at the offensive skills spots, but it all has to come together fast. The defense should get better as the season goes on.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 2-9
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 113
2019 Schedule Analysis

68. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

There’s just enough missing to be a problem. The O line has to find a few new parts, and a star receiver has to rise up with Greg Dortch gone. The defensive starting 11 will be good with Miles Fox coming from Old Dominion for the line, but overall depth is questionable.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 49
2019 Schedule Analysis

67. Arkansas Razorbacks

With Nick Starkel coming over from Texas A&M and Ben Hicks transferring in from SMU, the quarterbacks are in place. Now the rest of the skill parts that got banged up in spring ball have to be okay. The D won’t be amazing, but the O will be better equipped for shootouts.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 2-10
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 119
2019 Schedule Analysis

66. Indiana Hoosiers

There’s hope. The quarterbacks are good, RB Stevie Scott is a baller, and the secondary is quietly going to be nasty. Almost all of the top tacklers return, and the offensive skill guys are good, but the O line has to come together fast.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 84
2019 Schedule Analysis

65. Army Black Knights

The system, the schedule, the coaching, and the attitude are all there to keep the fun going. The offense should still be unstoppable, and the defense has enough talent back to be okay, but should take a step back.

2019 Spring Prediction: 10-3
2018 Final Record: 11-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 20
2019 Schedule Analysis

64. Vanderbilt Commodores

There’s a lot to like in the receiving corps and on the defensive line, but the offensive front needs some reworking, the linebacking corps and secondary are going to be early concerns, and Ball State transfer Riley Neal has to be the man right away at quarterback.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 6-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 74
2019 Schedule Analysis

63. Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils won’t be awful, but there’s a redo coming on the offensive side after losing QB Daniel Jones and most of the top receivers. The defense, though, should be stronger with almost all of the top tacklers returning, except for star LB Joe Giles-Harris.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 24
2019 Schedule Analysis

62. Colorado Buffaloes

Remember that these are early rankings – Colorado could grow into a sleeper-fun team to get excited about by the time August rolls around. New head man Melvin Tucker has two stars in QB Steven Montez and WR Laviska Shenault  to work around, and the D should be a big positive with its secondary.

2019 Spring Prediction: 5-7
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 99
2019 Schedule Analysis

61. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders should be a win better if they can keep a quarterback healthy. New head coach Matt Wells inherits a good team that needs to find a few new star receivers – that shouldn’t be an issue. The O line is good, and there are decent parts back on defense, but the awful secondary has to be a whole lot better.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 68
2019 Schedule Analysis

60. Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats underachieved a bit last season, and now it’s up to new head man Chris Klieman to make everything work. The offense has the pieces for a good starting 11, but the attack has to work a whole lot better. The defensive front has to generate more of a pass rush, but overall, the top tacklers from last year return.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 94
2019 Schedule Analysis

59. Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini will finally be better – they have to be. The young players who went through the growing pains over the last few years should turn into good veterans – 19 of the top 20 tacklers are back. Now the offense has to be more consistent.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 4-8
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 103
2019 Schedule Analysis

58. Cincinnati Bearcats

After a breakthrough 2018 season, can Luke Fickell keep it all going? It’s going to take some work considering the lines are all but starting over, and too many of the top tacklers are gone. On the plus side, the offensive skill parts are outstanding.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 11-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 23
2019 Schedule Analysis

57. Memphis Tigers

There’s a whole lot in place to make a push for the American Athletic Conference title. Darrell Henderson is gone from the backfield, but Patrick Taylor is a fine back and Brady White is a veteran quarterback who can do more with a terrific receiving corps. The defense is full of veterans, too, with ten of the top 12 tacklers back.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 8-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 66
2019 Schedule Analysis

56. Fresno State Bulldogs

Jeff Tedford has done great things with the program, but he has to hope the new parts can rise up and be productive right away. The running backs are great, but that’s about it for the offensive experience. Most of the top tacklers are done, but the line should be strong.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 12-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 6
2019 Schedule Analysis

55. Maryland Terrapins

Can Mike Locksley coach? The new Terp head man takes over a nice-looking team that got a whole lot better by landing Virginia Tech QB transfer Josh Jackson. The O line is the issue after losing just about everyone. The defense takes a huge production hit, too.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 82
2019 Schedule Analysis

54. Pitt Panthers

A few top tacklers from the Coastal champion defense are gone, but the line and secondary will be positives as the season goes on – get to know pass rusher Rashad Weaver. The offensive line is starting over and the running game has to be reestablished, but the passing attack has upside if QB Kenny Pickett is better.

2019 Spring Prediction: 4-8
2018 Final Record: 7-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 47
2019 Schedule Analysis

53. Ole Miss Rebels

The offense loses some epic wide receiver talents, but the defense should be stronger – it had better be – with ten of the top 11 tacklers returning. The O won’t be that bad, at least in the backfield. QB Jordan Ta’amu and RB Scottie Phillips are good parts to start with.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 97
2019 Schedule Analysis

52. Arizona Wildcats

The offensive backfield needs to be a force with QB Khalil Tate and RB JJ Taylor back, and now the line should be a plus after being a big concern early on last year. The experience is back on a young D that should thrive after going through the growing pains in Kevin Sumlin’s first year.

2019 Spring Prediction: 7-5
2018 Final Record: 5-7
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 92
2019 Schedule Analysis

51. Cal Golden Bears

The schedule is a problem, especially if the offense isn’t more consistent. The defensive side will be a killer with eight of the top ten tacklers back, but the other side of the ball needs to be able to throw. On the plus side, the O line will be good.

2019 Spring Prediction: 6-6
2018 Final Record: 7-6
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 81
2019 Schedule Analysis

CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
Top 10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 76-100 | 101-130

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