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2010 Opponent Preseason Rankings Summary

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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
Temple 57 64 44 45 58 77 57.5
NIU 69 72 55 49 67 76 64.67
Ohio 86 90 60 50 73 81 73.33
Iowa St 76 76 88 67 75 63 74.17
Illinois 61 71 94 78 84 60 74.67
Minnesota 79 75 83 79 76 71 77.17
CMU 104 95 82 71 94 96 90.33
WMU 73 106 92 87 87 98 90.50
Kent St 87 97 99 75 96 90 90.67
Toledo 103 92 72 111 98 92 94.67
BGSU 109 111 89 96 82 114 100.17
Ball St 88 108 101 106 108 103 102.33
Akron 114 109 105 91 88 109 102.67
Buffalo 100 109 108 98 115 93 103.83
Miami OH 111 114 112 117 111 106 111.83
EMU 120 120 119 120 117 120 119.33

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.

Huskie Fans, what are your thoughts on how so called "experts" are ranking the Huskies this year?