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College Football 120 Teams, 120 Thoughts, Opinions and One Liners

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 1, 2011

College Football 120 Teams, 120 Thoughts, Opinions and One Liners

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    For the last few years I have compiled a list of random thoughts, opinions, questions, and quips about all 120 teams in the FBS level of college football.  Just for fun I threw in a few extras this time. 

    I found this on my computer the day before the season started half done.  Some thoughts are from spring, some from today.  Here we go.

ACC

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    Boston College- Last season it was all about Herzlich. This year he is gone but the LB here will be tops.
    Clemson- I hate Clemson. When I think they will do bad, they do good. And vice versa. 
    Duke- Cutcliffe in year four. What kind of time frame does a school like Duke give a coach?
    Florida State- Maybe letting Bowden go was the right thing. 
    Georgia Tech- Coastal Division may just be to tough for Jackets to do much but hope for a bowl.
    Maryland- Man I hate it when my team goes 9-4 and wins a bowl. We should fire the coach. 
    Miami- Good hire in Golden, feel bad for the guy walking in and having to deal with what went on before.  
    North Carolina- Big expectations last season before suspensions. This year should be better. 
    North Carolina State- O’Brien has the Wolfpack trending up. Don’t sleep on this squad.  
    Virginia- Look for a return to the post season. 
    Virginia Tech- Much less likely to start 0-2 this season.
    Wake Forest- No really they won the ACC in 2006. I swear.

Big XII

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    Baylor- Could be a lot better now in conference structure.
    Iowa State- Rhodes came out fast and got the Cyclones to a bowl in year one. Now trending down. 
    Kansas- Gill seemed like the right hire. After one year I wonder.
    Kansas State- Could be good with transfers in the mix. JUCO QB, RB Brown(Tenn) WR Harper(OR).
    Missouri- I feel like they are always underrated. 
    Oklahoma- Last time preseason No.1 went wire to wire? Odds are against you.
    Oklahoma State- Big offensive play makers but new offensive coordinator.
    Texas- Last season was probably a fluke. Probably. Right?
    Texas A&M- Better do good if you want that official invite to the SEC. 8-4 won’t do it for you.
    Texas Tech- Its weird to me for TT to be mid/low tier team.

Big East

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    Cincinnati- Last year was not good in the first post Kelly era. Will year two be better?
    Connecticut- Head Coach Edsall has moved on to Maryland. In his place is inconsistent Paul Pasqualoni.
    Louisville- Opening the 2011 season for all of college football.
    Pitt- Pitt fans, just ignore 2009 and hope 2007, 2008, and 2010 at Tulsa are more like what you will get from Graham. 
    Rutgers- Eric LeGrand will always be a part of Rutgers football. This year in the form of analyst. 
    South Florida- Could be the year for their first BCS bowl bid.
    Syracuse- They made a nice push out of the basement last season. Can they maintain?
    West Virginia- Always a favorite. No different this season.

Big Ten

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    Illinois- Zook has been inconsistent. This may be his last chance here.
    Indiana- After the unfortunate circumstances that Lynch got the head coaching job, and turning that to motivation to get Indiana to a bowl in 2007, it was time for a coaching change. 
    Iowa- Its rebuilding time in Iowa City.
    Michigan- Hoke has been a winning coach from team to team. The Rodriguez experiment is over. 
    Michigan State- I am glad Mark Dantonio is back and seemingly healthy.
    Minnesota-  As long as Minnesota has patience and gives Kill about three years, they will be happy.   
    Nebraska- New conference new division, still a favorite.
    Northwestern- Consistent but hardly ever great. Should bowl again.
    Ohio State-  I don’t even know what to say. Waiting to see how things turn out with all that is going on. 
    Penn State- Joe Pa, still going, still coaching. Last year?
    Purdue- I didn’t know Hope was on the hot seat but recently read the fans are getting restless.
    Wisconsin- Russell Wilson is going to try and impact Wisconsin like Newton did for Auburn.

Conference USA

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    East Carolina- Wanting in to the Big East, probably wont get it.
    Houston- Keenum back puts them as front-runners for the CUSA title.
    Memphis- A lot is made of second year coaching success. I don’t think it will apply here. 
    Marshall- Seriously your coach is named Doc Holliday.
    Rice- Sam McGuffie all over the field. 
    SMU- Rumors for Big XII swirling.
    Southern Miss- I have even heard some mumblings that they could be a BCS buster this season. 
    Tulane- How can you not love that they have a player named Orleans?
    Tulsa- Will new head coach impact one of the more consistently top teams in the conference?
    UAB- Eillis is back to spread that ball all over the field. 
    UCF- Last years champs and favored again. 
    UTEP- Was big on them last year and they let me down. I don’t have the same optimism this season.

Independent

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    Army- Personal note, can’t wait to visit this season. 
    BYU- Going it alone for 2011. Good idea? Bad idea? Time will tell. 
    Navy- I don’t know why but I feel like they could be joining a conference next season.
    Notre Dame- Love the optimism, like the team, not sure the results and expectations will mesh.

MAC

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    Akron- Open at Ohio State. With the trouble there Akron can upset…I can’t finish that without laughing.
    Ball State- New Coach Pete Lembo is 79- 36 in 10 years as a head coach at the FCS level.  
    Bowling Green- I feel this is the last season of Bowling Green in the East division.
    Buffalo- Losing Gill to Kansas has all but killed this program which was solid with him.
    Central Michigan- Remember when you didn’t even have to think and CMU was MAC champ?
    Eastern Michigan- Hard to not pick EMU to finish last in the nation.
    Kent State- Doug Martin was let go after 7 non winning seasons. New head coach Hazell has nearly 25 years experience as an assistant but this will be his first head coaching job. 
    Miami OH- New head coach Don Treadwell brings 24 years of experience as an assistant as he tries to keep the Miami Redhawks on top of the MAC. 
    Northern Illinois- After improving N. Illinois’ record in each of his three seasons, Jerry Kill has moved on to Minnesota. New head coach Dave Doeren brings his defensive mind to the huskies.  
    Ohio- Solich has done good things here but must rebuild the defense this season.
    Temple- Losing probably the best coach they have ever had in Golden, will Temple return to the basement?
    Toledo- Eric Page and Adonis Thomas make Toledo a contender. 
    Western Michigan- On one had I see a MAC contender. On the other I see another 6-6. I don’t know.
    Massachusetts- Moving in to the MAC but seems like the move should have been made a few years ago, when they were good.

Mountain West

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    Air Force- Will still finish high in the conference but will still fall short of the conference title.
    Boise State- New conference, same story, will still be one of the best teams and under appreciated. 
    Colorado State- Swing team going from bottom to upper half of the conference.
    New Mexico- Normally returning 13 starters would be good but when you were 1-11, is it?
    San Diego State- Star QB and RB return. Lost head coach and top two WR. 
    TCU- Farewell season to the conference as they leap a long way for a chance at a BCS conference. 
    UNLV- Is it irony that you never want to bet on the team from Las Vegas?
    Wyoming- I still say brown and yellow make for the worst uniforms.

Pac-12

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    Arizona- Tough early stretch of games could make or break the season. 
    Arizona State- How did they go from coach on the hot seat last season to Pac-12 south favorites?
    Cal- Home games aren’t even home games this year. 
    Colorado- New year, new coach, new conference, new results?
    Oregon- Is it possible that Oregon will look faster in 2011? Rumors say yes. 
    Oregon State- Losing quiz could hurt but the Beavers have a good history of running backs. 
    Stanford- Keeping Luck, good. Losing Harbaugh, bad.
    UCLA- Could the Neuheisel experiment be over at UCLA. Many think the seat is heating up. 
    USC- Still haven’t decided if Kiffin is a good college coach. Sure can recruit though.
    Utah- Welcome to the Pac-12. How did you swing avoiding Oregon and Stanford in the same year?
    Washington- Year-by-year improvement under Sarkisian has hopes high in Seattle.
    Washington State- Could finally have the talent and schedule to return to the post season.

SEC

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    Alabama- When one of the best defenses in the country returns nearly intact, that’s scary.
    Arkansas- Looked good to really compete until the loss of Davis. Now just look pretty good.
    Auburn- Has a National champion ever started the next season ranked so low?
    Florida- In a somewhat surprising move coach Urban Meyer stepped down. Enter the Muschamp era. 
    Georgia- I don’t get the love affair. I expect improvement but contender off a 6-7 season?
    Kentucky- Phillips continued to keep Kentucky right at average. 
    LSU- Miles says Jefferson was the starter so therefore the best QB. The fans are happy he is out and Lee is in. So the fans know more than the head coach?
    Mississippi- Rebel Bears? I would have voted for Admiral Ackbar. 
    Mississippi State- Unprecedented heights for this team. Still have issues with ranked teams.
    Tennessee- Will take a big season  to top the news about Pat Summit. Thoughts and prayers coach. 
    South Carolina- Finally broke through to the SEC title game, can they finally win it?
    Vanderbilt- Three head coaches in three seasons is not the way to win.

Sun Belt

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    Arkansas State- Hugh Freeze comes in with no head coaching experience at the FBS level. In fact his only HC experience is at the NAIA level. 
    Florida Atlantic- Swan song season for head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
    FIU- Favored to win the conference. A far cry from a few years back when they could barely win. 
    Louisiana Lafayette- The new coach played for the Fighting Okra. Yeah, that’s all I got. 
    Louisiana Monroe- Surprise contender for conference title. 
    Middle Tennessee- Dwight Dasher was probably one of the best to come through, but now he is gone.
    North Texas- And now you know not to hire a high school coach as your college coach. 
    Troy- 5 conference titles in a row. Looking for the sixpete.
    Western Kentucky- Bobby Rainey, not sure you need to know much more.

WAC

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    Fresno State- Never won outright WAC title. Last chance.
    Hawaii- No more Boise, Hawaii one of the favorites before following to the Mountain West.
    Idaho- With the departure of Boise and the questions at the favorites, could the Vandals sneak in and win?
    Louisiana Tech- Could the Dykes offense take off in year two?
    Nevada- Losing a player like Kaepernick or Taua hurts. Losing both, OUCH.
    New Mexico State- How warm is your seat feeling coach Walker
    San Jose State- Coach MacIntyre needs to do something or 2012 will start to be a hot seat.  
    Utah State- Bad news, lose Borel. Good news, get Turbin back.
    Texas San Antonio- Larry Coker is the first coach at the school heading to their first season. 
    Texas State San Marcos- Dennis Franchione leads this team across the FCS/CBS line to the WAC

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