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ELA 128 Team Countdown (abridged)

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Posted: 6/6/2014 10:29 AM

ELA 128 Team Countdown (abridged) 


With a baby and increased job requirements, did not have the time for a full countdown.  I was going to abandon it completely, but instead here is what I'm doing.  Starting tomorrow, we'll start at #128 per usual, but it will just be a list; #128, #127, etc...  It will count as far as needed to get up to the #14 Big Ten team.  Then Sunday will be the write up for the #14 Big Ten team.  Then Monday we'll have another countdown day, with Tuesday being the #13 Big Ten team, and so on.  So the rankings are done, and only doing 14 write ups seemed much less daunting.

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Posted: 6/7/2014 9:15 AM

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128. Georgia Southern
127. Georgia State
126. NM State
125. Old Dominion
124. Hawaii
123. Appalachian State
122. South Florida
121. Tulsa
120. UAB
119. New Mexico
118. Ohio
117. Eastern Michigan
116. Massachusetts
115. Louisiana Tech
114. Air Force
113. Temple
112. Kent State
111. UL Monroe
110. Troy
109. Idaho
108. Miami(Ohio)
107. Western Michigan
106. Texas State
105. FIU
104. Wyoming
103. UTEP
102. Southern Miss
101. Kansas
100. Connecticut
99. SMU
98. Middle Tennessee
97. Wake Forest
96. California
95. UNLV
94. Akron
93. Army
92. Memphis

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Posted: 6/7/2014 10:13 AM

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Always my favorite feature on this board, thank you even for an abridged version! The board appreciate it!

"You get up after a big play," Mauti said, "and you point to the crowd, and the response is so immediate, it’s like being a conductor. It’s so loud, your whole body goes numb. It’s like a drug. So intoxicating."

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Posted: 6/7/2014 3:37 PM

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Slugsrbad wrote: Always my favorite feature on this board, thank you even for an abridged version! The board appreciate it!

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Posted: 6/8/2014 9:27 AM

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Purdue Boilermakers

There’s nowhere to go but up…right?  Purdue hit rock bottom, taking a lot of the good vibes away from a hiring that the fan base seemed to universally like.  It’s not as though Hazell inherited much, but I don’t think many (some excluded) expected it to be as bad as it was.  It was 0-11 against FBS opponents, and only two games were even within two scores.  So was the cupboard more bare than anyone realized, or is Hazell in over his head?  His fate will likely be tied to sophomore quarterback Danny Etling.  Etling took over last year, and looks to be a four year starter.  So it seems likely that either Etling leads the program back, or he’s the only Purdue quarterback Hazell ever coaches.  The defense is built from the back up.  Ricardo Allen graduated, but Landon Feichter, perhaps Purdue’s best defensive back in 2012 returns from injury, giving the Boilers a secondary where all four guys have solid starting experience.  The passing defense stats a year ago looked good, but with the margins of defeat being what they were, who was throwing against Purdue late in the game?

Key Offensive Players
QB      Danny Etling, Sophomore
TE       Justin Sinz, Senior
C         Robert Kugler, Junior

Key Defensive Players
LB       Sean Robinson, Senior
CB       Anthony Brown, Junior
S          Landon Feichter, Senior

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Posted: 6/8/2014 3:34 PM

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Thanks for doing this ELA. It's great to see it up again.

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Posted: 6/8/2014 4:02 PM

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I'm assuming that you think Georgia Southern is the 128th best team in the land with that list. If that is so, I suggest you reconsider as they beat Florida at Gainesville and played Alabama tough in Tuscaloosa the preceding year. I know past performance doesn't necessarily indicate current success but I think they are much better than 128; perhaps 30 slots.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 7:55 AM

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bamajoe wrote: I'm assuming that you think Georgia Southern is the 128th best team in the land with that list. If that is so, I suggest you reconsider as they beat Florida at Gainesville and played Alabama tough in Tuscaloosa the preceding year. I know past performance doesn't necessarily indicate current success but I think they are much better than 128; perhaps 30 slots.

Well, Florida was horrible, and that was 2 years ago for Alabama, so that has almost nothing to do with this.

They went 6-4 against FCS competition, including getting blown out by Appalachian State 38-14.

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Posted: 6/9/2014 8:04 AM

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#91
Purdue Boilermakers

There’s nowhere to go but up…right?  Purdue hit rock bottom, taking a lot of the good vibes away from a hiring that the fan base seemed to universally like.  It’s not as though Hazell inherited much, but I don’t think many (some excluded) expected it to be as bad as it was.  It was 0-11 against FBS opponents, and only two games were even within two scores.  So was the cupboard more bare than anyone realized, or is Hazell in over his head?  His fate will likely be tied to sophomore quarterback Danny Etling.  Etling took over last year, and looks to be a four year starter.  So it seems likely that either Etling leads the program back, or he’s the only Purdue quarterback Hazell ever coaches.  The defense is built from the back up.  Ricardo Allen graduated, but Landon Feichter, perhaps Purdue’s best defensive back in 2012 returns from injury, giving the Boilers a secondary where all four guys have solid starting experience.  The passing defense stats a year ago looked good, but with the margins of defeat being what they were, who was throwing against Purdue late in the game?

Key Offensive Players
QB      Danny Etling, Sophomore
TE       Justin Sinz, Senior
C         Robert Kugler, Junior

Key Defensive Players
LB       Sean Robinson, Senior
CB       Anthony Brown, Junior
S          Landon Feichter, Senior

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Tear...but fair.

The line is still going to be so bad to start the season (Hedelin is ineligible until Iowa game) and I am really scared of what our back 7/8 is going to look like on defense.....but I think a quickly maturing Etling and a sneaky-talented very young core of receivers makes Purdue somewhat watchable this year and they get to 5 wins.  I just hope our old ball OC John Shoop and the make-shift O ling allows us to get there.   I do have faith that Hazell can build a great program in WLaf, but man do they need some positive momentum starting right now.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:37 PM

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jhetfield99 wrote:

The line is still going to be so bad to start the season (Hedelin is ineligible until Iowa game) and I am really scared of what our back 7/8 is going to look like on defense.....but I think a quickly maturing Etling and a sneaky-talented very young core of receivers makes Purdue somewhat watchable this year and they get to 5 wins.  I just hope our old ball OC John Shoop and the make-shift O ling allows us to get there.   I do have faith that Hazell can build a great program in WLaf, but man do they need some positive momentum starting right now.
I don't know... I think it does all come down to the O-line. As little faith as I have in Shoop, I'm not sure a hybrid of Bill Walsh, Chip Kelly, and Mike Leach could have done anything offensively last year playing behind that line.

And who's going to be playing up front? A bunch of guys who couldn't push last year's terrible line out of starting jobs. Granted, they were mostly young, and OL is a position where strength & conditioning doesn't make it easy for young players to start. But that means that this year they're still a bit young, and still inexperienced.

I wish I could quibble with ELA's prognostication for the Boilers... I just don't have any evidence with which to argue.

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Posted: 6/9/2014 6:25 PM

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bamajoe wrote: I'm assuming that you think Georgia Southern is the 128th best team in the land with that list. If that is so, I suggest you reconsider as they beat Florida at Gainesville and played Alabama tough in Tuscaloosa the preceding year. I know past performance doesn't necessarily indicate current success but I think they are much better than 128; perhaps 30 slots.
No offense intended but I'm guessing the majority of posters here didn't realize that Georgia Southern (among other schools) had made the jump to FBS.  I sure didn't. pirate
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Posted: 6/9/2014 8:27 PM

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90. Tulane
89. Arkansas State
88. Western Kentucky
87. North Texas
86. San Jose State

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Posted: 6/10/2014 9:21 PM

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#85
Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Things are about to get real for Rutgers.  As bad as the Big Ten has had it in national perception recently, the gap between it and the Big East, and particularly the new AAC is mammoth.  The offense has plenty of starters returning, but whether they keep their jobs is another issue.  The running game should be in good shape, with the entire line returning intact to block for Paul James.  The passing game is another issue, where Gary Nova is back under center after an underwhelming first go.  With none of his wideouts returning, all-AAC tight end Tyler Krofft is the closest thing he has to a go to guy.  As many questions as there are on offense, there are none on defense…the entire unit is unquestionably bad.  It was probably the worst defense in school history.  The rush defense numbers were respectable…only because the secondary was so bad, why bother?  They gave up an AAC worst 312 ypg through the air, good for #120 in the nation, and again, against AAC offenses.  If Rutgers can establish a run game and limit possessions, play a safe passing game, they can avoid the Big Ten cellar, but the Big Ten gave them a welcome, giving them Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State in their own division (along with Indiana and Maryland), and their crossover games are Wisconsin and Nebraska.  When the easiest conference games on your schedule are Indiana and Penn State, you are in trouble.

Key Offensive Players
RB       Paul James, Junior
TE       Tyler Kroft, Junior
C         Betim Bujari, Senior

Key Defensive Players
DT       Darius Hamilton, Junior
LB       Steve Longa, Sophomore
S          Lorenzo Waters, Senior

#13 in Big Ten

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Posted: 6/11/2014 9:44 PM

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84. Kentucky

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Posted: 6/11/2014 11:14 PM

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Illinois Fighting Illini

Under the direction of first year offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the former Western Michigan head coach, the Illinois offense improved by leaps and bounds.  Early on, that looked like it was going to translate in the win column, but the defense simply couldn’t hold on.  The defense seemed primed for a major leap forward, with Jonathan Brown being the only major loss, but then Houston Bates got homesick and transferred to Louisiana Tech.  For a team that got absolutely no pressure on the quarterback, the departure of those two guys makes them even worse.  Four year starter Nathan Scheelhaase is gone, but there may actually be an upgrade under center.  Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt, who turned down his homestate Illini initially, takes over after being crowded out in Stillwater.  He has a tailback in Josh Ferguson who may be his most talented pass catcher.  An absolute dearth of talent at wideout puts Lunt in a very different position than the guys he was throwing to at his first stop.  JUCO transfer Geronimo Allison might turn out to be the best they have.

Key Offensive Players
RB       Josh Ferguson, Junior
G         Michael Heitz, Senior
C         Alex Hill, Senior

Key Defensive Players
DT       Teko Powell, Junior
LB       Earnest Thomas, Senior
CB       V’Angelo Bentley, Junior

#12 in Big Ten

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Posted: 6/12/2014 9:53 AM

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nuwildcat wrote:
Slugsrbad wrote: Always my favorite feature on this board, thank you even for an abridged version! The board appreciate it!

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Posted: 6/13/2014 8:45 PM

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82. Iowa State
81. Arkansas
80. Florida Atlantic
79. Buffalo
78. South Alabama
77. Ball State
76. NC State
75. Central Michigan
74. Nevada
73. West Virginia
72. Colorado
71. Virginia
70. San Diego State
69. Colorado State
68. UTSA
67. Rice
66. Boston College
65. Utah State
64. UL Lafayette
63. TCU

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Posted: 6/14/2014 12:44 PM

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#62
Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern has had their taste of surprising runs over the past two decades, so maybe preseason expectations are right back where they like them.  Three times during this period much was expected of the Cats.  They came through in 1996, but in 2001 and again last year, they fell flat on their face and fell short of even reaching a bowl.  The problem was that the offense fell flat on its face.  After putting up 39.0 ppg in their first 5 (which included 3 BCS opponents) and a 4-1 start, they averaged 13.7 ppg over the next 6, all losses, and two of those went to overtime.  You take away the overtimes, and that scoring average falls to 10.0 ppg.  Northwestern seemed to have the two quarterback dual threat/strong armed combo worked out, but they couldn’t get it figured out last year.  Venric Mark ended up getting hurt, and even when he played, was ineffective.  A big part of the problem was an offensive line that seemed to regress.  If that unit doesn’t improve, getting Mark back won’t much matter, their backs were consistently facing defenders in the backfield all season long.  Outside of Brandon Vitabile at center, the remaining four spots are taken by underwhelming veterans or unproven underclassmen.  Defensively, the back seven looks solid, the question is on a line that got pushed back as often as its offensive counterpart.  Ifeadi Odenigbo is a potential star, but is far too limited right now as a pure pass rusher.  When easily the best athlete you have on the line can’t play in rushing situations, that is going to limit you.  He seems like a better fit as a rush linebacker, and may wind up there before the season is done.  He’s too good a player to be out as often as he is.

Key Offensive Players
RB       Venric Mark, Senior
WR      Tony Jones, Senior
C         Brandon Vitabile, Senior

Key Defensive Players
DE       Dean Lowry, Senior
LB       Chi Chi Ariguzo, Senior
S          Ibraheim Campbell, Senior

#11 in Big Ten

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Posted: 6/14/2014 5:17 PM

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I think UL - Lafayette is now just going by Louisiana in sports.

Penn State hasn't lost to Michigan since GWB was President.

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Posted: 6/14/2014 7:39 PM

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I think UL - Lafayette is now just going by Louisiana in sports.

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They've been trying to for a while.

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Posted: 6/15/2014 7:37 AM

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61. Boise State
60. Toledo
59. Marshall
58. Washington State
57. Cincinnati
56. East Carolina
55. Bowling Green
54. Texas Tech
53. Pittsburgh

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Posted: 6/16/2014 12:48 PM

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I have nothing against Bielema for taking himself somewhere he thought he could do better for himself, but... ouch. If Arkansas really is that bad this year, those are some lumps he's taking for that big paycheck.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 2:06 PM

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SFBadger96 wrote: I have nothing against Bielema for taking himself somewhere he thought he could do better for himself, but... ouch. If Arkansas really is that bad this year, those are some lumps he's taking for that big paycheck.
They were 3-9 last year, winless in the SEC, and lost to Rutgers.

So that's about what they are right now.

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Posted: 6/16/2014 3:21 PM

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I'm not questioning the ranking, I'm questioning their head coach's career decisions.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 3:55 PM

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I'll take it, ELA. Most other pubs have Idaho 9-10 in the SBC. If we're 5th I'll consider it a success.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 4:00 PM

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spartypants wrote: I'll take it, ELA. Most other pubs have Idaho 9-10 in the SBC. If we're 5th I'll consider it a success.

I have Idaho at #109, with SBC teams right behind them at #110 and #111, so the line between #5 and #7 is razor thin.

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Posted: 6/16/2014 4:29 PM

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FYI http://preseason.stassen.com/consensus/2014.html

For Idaho, consensus among 4 mags is 9th place.  Phil Steele not on that list, but he has them 7th.  That seems high to me, but I haven't even looked at SBC yet.  Will be a while before I've really gotten much fo a projection there I suspect.

PS since this is a B1G board, Steele also has:

East
OSU
MSU
Mich
MD
PSU/Indy (tie)
Rutgers

West
Wisc
NW/Iowa (tie)
Neb
Ill/Minn (tie)
Purd
 

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Posted: 6/16/2014 8:19 PM

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#52
Maryland Terrapins

After a quick start, that saw Maryland enter October ranked, the injuries came on in waves, as Maryland limped to a 3-6 finish.  They are a tough team to rank, coming off their second straight season of just staggering injuries.  2012 saw the top four quarterbacks on the roster all transfer or suffer season ending injuries.  2013 just saw the injuries come on en masse.  If they can stay healthy, the Terrapins may actually have the scariest passing attack in the Big Ten.  C.J. Brown won the job as a freshman because of his ability to make plays with his legs when things break down, but he is a very underrated passer, leading a passing attack that was good for 248.5 ypg a year ago, fifth in the ACC.  He did all of that with his top two recievers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long both lost for the season.  To show how much receiving talent was out with injuries last season, the returning leading receiver is fourth on the depth chart.  Stefon Diggs is the top NFL prospect at wide receiver in the country, and Deon Long is too good for opponents to dedicate double coverage to his star teammate.  The big question is whether the offense will have time to work.  The offensive line was questionable by ACC standards, and now going up against the defensive lines that Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan and Iowa seem to roll out on an annual basis, the trench play looks problematic.

Key Offensive Players
QB      C.J. Brown, Senior
WR      Stefon Diggs, Junior
K         Brad Craddock, Junior

Key Defensive Players
DE       Andre Monroe, Senior
LB       Cole Ferrand, Senior
S          Sean Davis, Junior

#10 in Big Ten

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Posted: 6/16/2014 9:17 PM

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SFBadger96 wrote: I'm not questioning the ranking, I'm questioning their head coach's career decisions.
Once a turd, always a turd.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 5:56 AM

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RunDMK88 wrote:
SFBadger96 wrote: I'm not questioning the ranking, I'm questioning their head coach's career decisions.
Once a turd, always a turd.
Soon he will be your turd.
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