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Old 07-14-2005, 11:22 PM   #1
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ESPN.com’s ”Insider” has teamed with Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook to provide a comprehensive look at all 119 Division I-A teams. Here are their projections, a conference-by-conference order of finish, from the ACC to the WAC:

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division

1. Florida State
2. Boston College
3. NC State
4. Clemson
5. Wake Forest
6. Maryland

Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech
2. Miami
3. Virginia
4. Georgia Tech
5. North Carolina
6. Duke

Big 12
North Division

1. Nebraska
2. (tie) Colorado
2. (tie) Iowa State
4. Missouri
5. Kansas State
6. Kansas

South Division
1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas A&M
4. Texas Tech
5. Oklahoma State
6. Baylor

Big East
1. Louisville
2. Pittsburgh
3. Syracuse
4. West Virginia
5. Rutgers
6. Connecticut
7. USF
8. Cincinnati

Big 10
1. Michigan
2. Ohio State
3. Iowa
4. Purdue
5. Penn State
6. Wisconsin
7. Minnesota
8. Michigan State
9. Illinois
10. Northwestern
11. Indiana

Conference USA
East Division

1. UAB
2. Southern Miss
3. Memphis
4. Marshall
5. East Carolina
6. Central Florida

West Division
1. UTEP
2. Houston
3. Tulane
4. SMU
5. Tulsa
6. Rice

Independents
1. Notre Dame
2. Navy
3. Army
4. Temple

Mid-American Conference
East Division

1. Bowling Green
2. Miami (Ohio)
3. Kent State
4. Akron
5. Ohio
6. Buffalo

West Division
1. Toledo
2. Northern Illinois
3. Eastern Michigan
4. Central Michigan
5. Western Michigan
6. Ball State

Mountain West Conference
1. Utah
2. Wyoming
3. New Mexico
4. TCU
5. Colorado State
6. BYU
7. Air Force
8. San Diego State
9. UNLV

Pacific-10 Conference
1. USC
2. UCLA
3. Arizona State
4. Washington State
5. California
6. Oregon
7. Oregon State
8. Arizona
9. Washington
10. Stanford

SEC
Eastern Division

1. Tennessee
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. South Carolina
5. Vanderbilt
6. Kentucky

Western Division
1. LSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Ole Miss
5. Arkansas
6. Mississippi State

Sun Belt Conference
1. North Texas
2. Middle Tennessee
3. Troy
4. Louisiana-Monroe
5. Louisiana-Lafayette
6. Arkansas State
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Florida International

Western Athletic Conference
1. Fresno State
2. Boise State
3. Nevada
4. Hawaii
5. New Mexico State
6. Louisiana Tech
7. San Jose State
8. Utah State
9. Idaho

LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2105613#acc

Interesting they have the Huskers winning the Big XII North…

…not sure I could pick Michigan over Ohio State AND Iowa…with Michigan’s relatively inexperienced secondary, and Iowa returning a QB for the first time in six years (and Tate getting two of his main WR targets back), AND the fact that Iowa gets them at home….but that’s why they play the games, right?

…and Tennessee’s early-season schedule is MURDER….back-to-back AT Florida and then AT LSU…that’s a tall order, man…then, later in the season, they’re AT Alabama and AT Notre Dame….whoa…...

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Old 07-14-2005, 11:27 PM   #2
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At the rate things are going for the 'Noles they are going to be fielding a whole new team come September: Sexton is out for the year with lyme disease, their top two returning tacklers and linbackers have managed to get arrested this Summer and face disciplinary action, and now Antonio Cromartie blew his knee out during a volutary workout and is out for the season.
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Agreed, perhaps the reviews were done prior to....
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Well, the Cromartie injury happened within the last couple of days I am sure their rankings were done prior to that. And, the arrest for Sims, the one LB just happened over the past weekend, but it does not sound like it was too terribly serious an ordeal.

The ACC Atlantic will likely come down to whoever gets better QB play between FSU and NCSU. The Wolfpack could be a darkhorse to win the conference championship if they can get some semblance of good quarterbacking. They are loaded at the offensive skilled positions most of the starters of their top ranked D is back this year. The main thing that kept them from getting a bowl bid last year was Jay Davis throwing picks at the most inopportune times.
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I like the Big Ten picks. My personal predictions should look very similar to that, with the exception of MSU being higher becuase of Smith being such a great coach, right KB? Don't be fooled by a lack of experience in the secondary for Blue VERBZ. With the defensive line they have and the best offense in the Big Ten, Michigan should be just fine.
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Not that I think they're better than any of the teams ranked ahead of them, but I would rank Purdue higher than fourth, simply for the fact they don't play Michigan or Ohio State.
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Agreed 190. I think Purdue has an outstanding chance of having a better record than Ohio State, but don't think the Boilermakers are the better squad.
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Agreed 190. I think Purdue has an outstanding chance of having a better record than Ohio State, but don't think the Boilermakers are the better squad.
No worries, I don't. I wouldn't be at all surprised if my Arizona Wildcats shocked the world on Sept. 19 when the Boilermakers come to Tucson.
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So that's another thing you and Buckeye agree on......Arizona is beating Purdue. I'm getting the popcorn out already! (Well, 190 stopped short of predicting it). I love these games that have direct relevance to SCMB!

I would put the top 3 in the Big Ten in reverse order, and for probably the fifth time in the last six years, Northwestern will finish higher then their 10th place prediction...the only team in the Big Ten that always finishes between 5-3 and 3-5 in conference and no one ever notices. OSU, Michigan, Iowa, and Purdue might all finish at 6-2 or better, with whomever ending up in 5th place at 3-5. Big line between the top four and the bottom seven.
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Don't be fooled by a lack of experience in the secondary for Blue VERBZ...
…hey, I NEVER doubt a diehard who knows his team.

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KB...

Arizona 15 Purdue 10. Oh yes, it will be true ! You know I can't pick against a Y-towner in Stoops.

LOL VERBZ...

I'm thinking more of that line from the movie The Hunt for Red October..."It is wise to study the ways of one's adversary."
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I think Purdue will win the Big Ten (or at the very least earn a share with Iowa/Michigan/Ohio State/etc.) AND go undefeated. The catch is that they get to be "Auburned" this season if there are two other major unbeatens. I'm projecting USC and LSU to finish undefeated as well, leaving Purdue out of the MNC picture. All or most of the starters are back on defense, they don't play Michigan or Ohio State and they get Iowa at home. I have a hard time believing that the Boilermakers are going to lose more than one Big Ten game. Their toughest game is probably the trip to Happy Valley at the end of October. That should be an interesting game as Penn State may (or perhaps I should say should) have only one or two losses headed into that contest. The Lions played Purdue very tough last season and sort of put Orton into his tailspin there in the middle of the season.
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Only one problem Alex:

LSU's new coach is Les Miles from Ok St. If you watched last year's bowl game vs. Ohio State, you could see the man clearly can't compete with big time coaches. He was totally lost on how to deal with anything the Buckeyes threw at him. Moving to the SEC from a vastly inferior Big 12 is going to expose him even more.

I always felt it is too hard for a team to go undefeated with coaching changes, esp. at the top. Reason why Ohio State will struggle at times this year, having a new D coordinator.

As for Purdue...

They will contend and it will be tainted due to no Michigan or Ohio State, but in the end, Tiller will choke when things get tough.
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Les Myles got the LSU job because he gave Bob Stoops all he could handle three of the last four years.

Time will tell with Myles he was in a tough spot having to recruit against Nebraska, OU, Texas, and Texas A&M. A lot of times he was left with the guys that those schools didn't want.
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Les Myles got the LSU job because he gave Bob Stoops all he could handle three of the last four years.
I can agree with that premise. He certainly had his Okie teams unafraid of that Sooner "swagger", that's for sure.

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Time will tell with Myles he was in a tough spot having to recruit against Nebraska, OU, Texas, and Texas A&M. A lot of times he was left with the guys that those schools didn't want.
True. S'probably hard to compete against Stoops in THAT area, though...lol....
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