Say what you want about preseason hype, it is interesting to look at how the experts are gauging teams so far before they have even started fall practice. It gives us fans something to talk about in the offseason with our unrealistic hopes and dreams that will inevitably be crushed.
Sources include Phil Steele and Athlon magazines, Pre-Snap Read, College Gridiron 365 & Rivals.com. Sources not included: Sporting News and Lindy's, whose rankings are so bizarre that you really can't take them seriously.
|Team||Steele||Athlon||PS Read||CG 365||Rivals||CFN||Average|
Italics = non-opponent for 2010
So... according to the rankings, NIU should be 11-1 going in to the MAC Championship game with a rematch against Temple.
HOLD YOUR HORSES. Just because the consensus is that NIU is 15 slots higher than Iowa State, Illinois & Minnesota doesn't mean that we are going to win all three of those games. All of those games will be on the road. And while those teams might be down, what exactly have we proven so far? That we can lose a bowl game with the 118th schedule in the nation? Sure we had the MAC's leading defense, but our competition was sub-par.
As for everybody else, the losses are just too much. Hiller & West for WMU. LeFevour & Brown for CMU. New coaches for CMU, Akron & Buffalo. Toledo & Ball State may be slightly dangerous, but are still a notch below what NIU brings to the table for 2010. The one thing I'm happy about is the fact that we don't have to play Ohio this year.
It's refreshing to see the Huskies high on so many people's radar. The thing that irritates me is the fact that everybody thinks that the division is Temple and everybody else.
Good thing the road for Temple's march has to go through Huskie Stadium on October 9th.