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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Three bowl teams that might miss the postseason

Last week I wrote about the five teams that can make a bowl after posting a losing season in 2009.

Now it's time to go in the opposite direction and give you three teams that played in the postseason that will be in major danger of missing it this season.

Adam WeberMinnesota (7-6): How did this team make a bowl last season? The Golden Gophers were ranked last in the Big Ten in total offense (109th in the nation) and last in scoring (21 ppg). Nine starters are back from that squad, including quarterback Adam Weber and the entire offensive line, so a year older could mean some improvement. On defense, just two starters are back -- both safties. Keep an eye on the defensive line, where DTs Brandon Kirksey and Jewhan Edwards could help a squad that allowed 151.7 yards per game on the ground. Now Minnesota's biggest challenge -- games against USC, at Wisconsin, at Purdue, Penn State, Ohio State, at Michigan and Iowa. Those could all be losses meaning no bowl game for Minnesota.

Bowling Green (7-6): For a team that lost starting quarterback Tyler Sheehan and one of the best wide receivers in the nation in Freddie Barnes, it will be tough for the Falcons to get back to a bowl game in 2010. Just four starters are back on offense. Sophomore Aaron Pankratz (13 attempts in 2009) or redshirt freshman Matt Schilz will be the starting quarterback. The only problem is on defense as just four starters are back. The top two tackles are gone, so the Falcons will have an all new starting linebacker crew. If the Falcons can win some games early (at Troy, at Tulsa, Marshall and at Michigan), things could change, but right now I don't see them returning to the postseason.

Ole Miss (9-4): When you lose do-all running back Dexter McCluster, starting quarterback Jevan Snead and four starting offensive lineman, things might be a lot tougher this go around. Houston Nutt is going to have a very young team this season, with a ton of sophomores in the starting lineup. The defense will be strong again with the return of six starters, including DT Jerrell Powe and junior college transfer Wayne Dorsey at defensive end. This team still might be able to get six wins, especially with a schedule of Jacksonville State, at Tulane, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Lafayette, but I the Egg Bowl at the end of the year could mean the difference of postseason or staying home for the holidays.

Posted on: September 1, 2008 10:14 am
Edited on: September 1, 2008 1:01 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

With East Carolina's upset victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Pirates stormed into the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120.

The Pirates were ranked No. 62 in the preseason, but with their win over the Hokies and a loss by Clemson it opened up a spot for them at No. 25.

The ranking could be short-lived since the Pirates play No. 7 West Virginia this week, but a closer look a the schedule shows the Pirates might be hanging around 25-30 most of the season now. They play Tulane, N.C. State, Houston and Virginia in the coming weeks -- all winable games.

"It's a story of a group of young men that have come together and said, 'We're tired of losing. We want to accomplish something special,'" said East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz after their victory.

The Pirates weren't the only team to make a big move as Bowling Green jumped 36 spots from No. 78 to No. 42 after beating Pittsburgh on the road.

Other big movers up:

+ 27 spots -- Louisiana Tech from No. 80 to No. 53 after beating Mississippi State
+ 25 spots -- Stanford from No. 75 to No. 50 after beating Oregon State

For every team that makes a huge move up the rankings, there are always a few that make a big dive. And this week's biggest dive was Texas A&M, which lost to a Sun Belt school. The Aggies were preseason ranked No. 50 and fell all the way to No. 105. I don't think this is what new coach Mike Sherman had in mind when looking at the schedule before the season started.

Things get even rougher this week as they play at New Mexico, which has been to four bowl games in the past five years.

"Well, you know I've been in situations like this before, and I told the guys you can learn more about yourself from adversity than you even can from winning a football game," Sherman said after the game.

Dig in Aggies fans, its going to be a long season.

Other big fallers:
- 36 spots -- Pittsburgh from No. 27 to No. 63 after losing to Bowling Green
- 19 spots -- Michigan State from No. 26 to No. 45 after losing to California

Special notice: San Diego State lost to a FCS school, falling 29-27 to Cal Poly, but since the Aztecs were already ranked so low (No. 107) they didn't have too far to go and landed at No. 117.

 

 
 
 
 
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