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  • #1 by Seminole Indian on 22 May 2017
  • I've always looked forward to their countdown, and while it may not reflect the actual rankings, it does IMO give a good impression of how a program is perceived, and there is no denying that the perception of A-States program has improved over the last few years( 2014 #67, 2015 #72, 2016: #65, 2017: #75 ).

    Of interest is the rankings of the eleven FBS  teams on A-State's 2017 schedule (Bold with *):

    #1 Ohio State
    #2 Alabama
    #3 Oklahoma
    #4 Florida St
    #5 Michigan
    #6 Washington
    #7 Clemson
    #8 Wisconsin
    #9 Auburn
    #10 USC
    #11 Louisville
    #12 TCU
    #13 Georgia
    #14 Virginia Tech
    #15 Penn St
    #16 LSU
    #17 Stanford
    #18 Florida
    #19 Oklahoma State
    #20 Utah
    #21 Notre Dame
    #22 Tennessee
    #23 Texas A&M
    #24 Texas
    #25 Miami
    #26 Washington St
    #27 BYU
    #28 Kansas State
    #29 Northwestern
    #30 USF
    #31 Oregon
    #32 Arkansas
    #33 Iowa
    #34 West Virginia
    #35 Arizona
    #36 Kentucky
    #37 *Nebraska
    #38 NC State
    #39 Arizona State
    #40 Mississippi State
    #41 Baylor
    #42 South Carolina
    #43 WKU
    #44 Minnesota
    #45 North Carolina
    #46 UCLA
    #47 Vanderbilt
    #48 UCF
    #49 Colorado
    #50 Michigan St.
    #51 Missouri
    #52 San Diego St
    #53 Memphis
    #54 Ole Miss
    #55 Maryland
    #56 Houston
    #57 Wyoming
    #58 Toledo
    #59 Navy
    #60 La Tech
    #61 Boise St
    #62 Appalachian State
    #63 Indiana
    #64 Old Dominion
    #65 Wake Forest
    #66 California
    #67 Tulsa
    #68 *Troy
    #69 Miami (Ohio)
    #70 Boston College
    #71 Texas Tech
    #72 Army
    #73 Middle Tenn
    #74 Ball State
    75 A-State
    76 Syracuse
    77 New Mexico
    78 Georgia Tech
    79 Western Michigan
    80 Oregon St
    81 Southern Miss
    82 Pitt
    83 UTSA
    84 Nevada
    85 Duke
    86 Purdue
    87. Northern Illinois
    88. * Georgia Southern
    89. Marshall
    90. Eastern Michigan
    91. Florida International
    92. Virginia
    93. Rutgers
    94. Colorado State
    95. Central Michigan
    96. Hawaii
    97. *SMU
    98. Air Force
    99. *Louisiana Monroe
    100. North Texas
    101. Ohio
    102. East Carolina
    103. San Jose State
    104. Bowling Green
    105. *South Alabama
    106. Florida Atlantic
    107. Tulane
    108. *Louisiana Lafayette
    109. Iowa State
    110. Rice
    111. Temple
    112. *Idaho
    113. UNLV
    114. UTEP
    115 *Coastal Carolina
    116. Akron
    117. Utah State
    118. Cincinnati
    119. Kansas
    120. Illinois
    121. UCONN
    122. Kent State
    123. Fresno State
    124.*GA State
    125. UMASS
    126. Charlotte
    127. *New Mexico State
    128. Buffalo
    129. *Texas State
    130. UAB

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/college-football-rankings/


  • #2 by holeinthewall on 23 May 2017
  • SMU improved a lot as the year went on in 16.  I think they are lower than they should be on there. If ASU plays like they did at the end of the year against UCF it is a winnable game. 
  • #3 by Seminole Indian on 23 May 2017
  • IMO the only two games A-State will not have the most talented team on the field is the two P5's. Not a huge advantage over a couple but an advantage.

    Problem of A-State is their team simply does not show up for all 12 games a year, for whatever reason. Almost every team will have a game or two where they don't perform, A-State fans have come to count on 3 or 4 such games under Anderson,something he is trying hard to address. So until their players and coaches do otherwise, I expect they will lose to a couple of teams they out talent, and eight wins is a reasonable expectation for them in 2017.
  • #4 by holeinthewall on 27 May 2017
  • 92 Virginia
    91 FIU
    90 Eastern michigan
    89 Marshall
    88 Georgia Southern
  • #5 by Seminole Indian on 28 May 2017
  • Looks like a big part of the G5's are on the board already.

    Again I like to look at this because it is a pretty good indication of how a program is viewed and it has been obvious for the last few seasons that A-States program is considered a very solid G5 program, which it actually is.
  • #6 by Seminole Indian on 29 May 2017
  • The addition of Georgia Southern makes 8 of the 12 teams, and all but one of the G5's on A-State's schedule. That leaves only G5 Troy, P5's Nebraska, and Miami and of course FCS UAPB, so that is a manageable schedule.

    88 *Georgia Southern
    97. *SMU
    99. *Louisiana Monroe
    105. *South Alabama
    108. *Louisiana Lafayette
    115 *Coastal Carolina
    127. *New Mexico State
    129. *Texas State

    NA Troy (Playing them the last game of the year at home is a big plus)
    NA UAPB ( A-State fans hope they don't have a repeat of the UCA game)
    NA Nebraska (The early betting lines have Nebraska as 19 point favorite)
    NA Miami ( Probably the best team on their schedule)

  • #7 by ricepig on 29 May 2017
  • #8 by Seminole Indian on 29 May 2017
  • #9 by holeinthewall on 08 Jun 2017
  • GT lost their QB but they are either a 8-9 win team or a losing season. They always beat a team they shouldn't bat on paper just because the other team can't stop that offense.
  • #10 by Seminole Indian on 18 Jun 2017
  • The addition of Georgia Southern makes 8 of the 12 teams, and all but one of the G5's on A-State's schedule. That leaves only G5 Troy, P5's Nebraska, and Miami and of course FCS UAPB, so that is a manageable schedule.
    68 *Troy
    88 *Georgia Southern
    97. *SMU
    99. *Louisiana Monroe
    105. *South Alabama
    108. *Louisiana Lafayette
    115 *Coastal Carolina
    127. *New Mexico State
    129. *Texas State


    NA UAPB ( A-State fans hope they don't have a repeat of the UCA game)
    NA Nebraska (The early betting lines have Nebraska as 19 point favorite)
    NA Miami ( Probably the best team on their schedule)

    The addition of Troy makes 9 of the 12 teams, and all of the G5's on A-State's schedule. That leaves only P5's Nebraska, and Miami and of course FCS UAPB. Getting Troy at home for the last game of the year is a big plus for A-State.
  • #11 by holeinthewall on 12 Jul 2017
  • I would say Miami will be in the 15-20 range and Nebraska in the 35-40 range. 
  • #12 by Seminole Indian on 12 Jul 2017
  • I would say Miami will be in the 15-20 range and Nebraska in the 35-40 range.

    That looks about right to me.
  • #13 by holeinthewall on 19 Jul 2017
  • I would say Miami will be in the 15-20 range and Nebraska in the 35-40 range.

    Well I nailed the Nebraska ranking
  • #14 by Seminole Indian on 31 Jul 2017
  • 25. Miami

    The last of the FBS teams on A-State's schedule and a little lower than expected. If Miami is in fact barely a top 25 team, getting out of Jonesboro with a win is not the "given" I thought it would be.

    Nebraska is a beatable team and their #37 ranking seems about right.

    No doubt beating either is a huge challenge for any G5 team, but because the size, athleticism, and strength of their offensive and defensive lines,and the caliber of their "skill" players on both side of the ball, not an impossible one for this A-State team.

    Getting Nebraska in the opener , and Miami in Jonesboro is a plus.
  • #15 by holeinthewall on 31 Jul 2017
  • 25. Miami

    The last of the FBS teams on A-State's schedule and a little lower than expected. If Miami is in fact barely a top 25 team, getting out of Jonesboro with a win is not the "given" I thought it would be.

    Nebraska is a beatable team and their #37 ranking seems about right.

    No doubt beating either is a huge challenge for any G5 team, but because the size, athleticism, and strength of their offensive and defensive lines,and the caliber of their "skill" players on both side of the ball, not an impossible one for this A-State team.

    Getting Nebraska in the opener , and Miami in Jonesboro is a plus.

    The only weak spot Miami has is a new QB.  The defensive front 7 is as good as any in the country. 
  • #16 by Seminole Indian on 31 Jul 2017
  • That QB needs to have a very bad day in Jonesboro. I think as far as talent they are a lot better than #25.
  • #17 by holeinthewall on 08 Aug 2017
  • UiF at 17 LMAO.  Zook part deux in charge.   8 wins
  • #18 by Seminole Indian on 15 Aug 2017
  • Inadvertently deleted your post about TCU holeinthewall, but agree TCU appears to be a little overrated.
  • #19 by Seminole Indian on 20 Aug 2017
  • 5. Michigan
  • #20 by Seminole Indian on 22 Aug 2017
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • #21 by Sweet Feet on 22 Aug 2017
  • SMU is getting slept on. They are on an upward improvement. Went 2-10 in 2015 with coach's first season, 5-7 in his second year, including a 38-16 beatdown of Houston last season. I actually have SMU winning that game vs ASU
  • #22 by Seminole Indian on 23 Aug 2017
  • 2. Alabama
  • #23 by Seminole Indian on 23 Aug 2017
  • SMU is getting slept on. They are on an upward improvement. Went 2-10 in 2015 with coach's first season, 5-7 in his second year, including a 38-16 beatdown of Houston last season. I actually have SMU winning that game vs ASU

    I'm on the bubble, and waiting to see where A-State's OL is, and Anderson call plays.

     A-State is the more talented team, especially on defense, and if their offense is clicking at all,their defense and special teams will probably be the difference.
  • #24 by Seminole Indian on 24 Aug 2017
  • 1. Ohio State
  • #25 by holeinthewall on 24 Aug 2017
  • 1. Ohio State

    Hopefully Oklahoma knocks them off right away.
  • #26 by Seminole Indian on 24 Aug 2017
  • That would certainly unset the "happiest fans" , especially at their place.
  • #27 by Sweet Feet on 24 Sep 2017
  • SMU is getting slept on. They are on an upward improvement. Went 2-10 in 2015 with coach's first season, 5-7 in his second year, including a 38-16 beatdown of Houston last season. I actually have SMU winning that game vs ASU
    Called it. Told everyone SMU is on the upswing.
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