College Football Preseason Rankings: Which Teams' Stocks Have Declined?
The college football preseason has been quite active this spring and summer, and it has caused some teams' stock to drop accordingly.
We have seen players suspended, coaches making serious boo-boos with the NCAA, and injuries in spring practices that have cost their respective teams dearly.
Let's take a look at 10 teams that have declined in power the past few months in the 2010 preseason.
Big Ten: Penn State
The Blue-White game scared the Nittany Lion faithful when both QBs, Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin, looked horrible behind a make-shift offensive line.
However, Penn State's defense is always good, and if RB Evan Royster can carry the offense until everything else comes together, they may be able to complete in the Big Ten.
That's a big IF.
Big Ten: Purdue
The injury Gods looked angrily upon the Boilermakers during the spring when at one point the team practiced minus 20 players and had to postpone two practices.
Also, Purdue suffered arguably the worst injury of the spring when RB Ralph Bolden tore his ACL. There is slight hope that he can return in the fall.
Big East: South Florida
Coach Skip Holtz has his work cut out for him. The biggest blow by far was losing A.J. Love at the end of the spring.
The defense is inexperienced but gifted. When they travel to The Swamp to face Florida in early September they will know how far they've come and how far they need to go before they are ready to compete.
Big East: Syracuse
Coming out of the spring, Syracuse is still unclear about who is the starting QB, and it may be right up to kickoff before a starter is named.
The worst news was the suspension of Delone Carter. He was suspended for assaulting another Syracuse student back in February 2010. Carter's suspension and the great unknown QB situation has caused the Orange to drop significantly.
Mountain West: BYU
BYU suffered a huge loss when running back Harvey Unga left school voluntarily due to an honor code violation. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the supplemental draft.
Also, the defense, especially cornerback, is a huge question mark that remains after spring practice, and the offensive line is a work in progress.
Two words: Jeremiah Masoli. The Oregon Ducks are still gasping for air after Masoli went bone-head and ruined his collegiate football career.
The Ducks are probably the fastest team in the Pac-10, but with the QB situation cloudy at best, Oregon fell a bit in fan and team expectations.
Pac-10: Oregon State
With breaking in a new QB and the surprise of two team members quitting this spring (LB David Pa'aluhi and DE Matt LaGrone), the decline of the Oregon State Beavers couldn't have been much worse.
However, QB Ryan Katz looked fantastic this spring, and his performance alone may have prevented a complete free fall.
Going into the spring, there were many questions around UCLA's new "revolver" offense, and more importantly the offensive line. Coming out of the spring, the same questions remain about the o-line, and the revolver, a copy of Nevada's "pistol" offense, received mediocre reviews.
The defense looked pretty good, but not good enough to prevent UCLA's slide in the power rankings.
What was a major concern for LSU and their fans in 2009? QB Jordan Jefferson. What was the major concern going in to 2010 spring practice for LSU? Jordan Jefferson.
Unfortunately, Jordan Jefferson had the opportunity to take control and own the LSU offense, but struggled to do so. He still has time to make adjustments, but if he doesn't, it may be a big-time struggle for the Tigers in the SEC West.
If LSU wants to compete with Alabama and Arkansas, Jefferson has to step us his game. If not, not only will LSU struggle all year, but it may cost Les Miles his job.
SEC: South Carolina
Sometimes the OBC can be his own worst enemy. Going into the spring, South Carolina was expected to contend in the SEC East on the shoulders of QB Stephen Garcia.
Steve Spurrier may have possibly ruined Garcia permanently when he again criticized him publicly. Spurrier may go as far as to look to true freshman Connor Shaw to start at QB this fall.
Will Garcia bounce back or will he finally fold under Spurrier's expectations?