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Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 11:09 am
 


Preparing for the offseason takes a great deal of research, so as I was looking at last year's standings , I was wondering if any of the losing teams from last year can make that leap and potentially make a bowl game in 2010?

For some schools the jump isn't that big. If they could just earn one or two more victories, they would be in line for one of the 35 postseason games .

A squad like Miami (Ohio) or Western Kentucky  would need a complete turnaround, but here are five schools I think could get to 6 or 7 wins and make a bowl. 

Rodney Stewart Note: Schools like Texas A&M that finished 6-7, weren't eligible for my list because they played in a bowl last year. This list is only for teams that had losing records and didn't make a bowl in 2009. Below is the team, plus its record from last season.

N.C. State (5-7): The offense is there with the return of quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receivers Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer, but the big question mark is the defense. The Wolfpack averaged 30.3 points per game last year, but also allowed 31.2 ppg and 361 yards a game. Not good. And with only three starters returning on defense we might be in for a lot of 34-31 games. But still, the out-of-conference schedule isn't too tough with Western Carolina, at UCF and Cincinnati at home. A bowl game should be in sight toward the end of the season when the Wolfpack have to play three of their last four on the road.

Colorado (3-9): The one that has to improve the most on my list, but with eight Big 12 bowl bids, the Buffaloes should be in line for one of them. With eight starters back on offense and seven on defense the Buffaloes better get to a bowl game of the folks in Boulder are not going to be happy. Quarterback Tyler Hansen looks like he might finally take over the starting role from Cody Hawkins. Rodney Stewart returns for his junior season and will be looking to improve on his 804 yards rushing from last year. Two very good receivers are back too, along with the entire offensive line. Defensively, seven starters are back, including cornerbacks Jalil Brown and Jimmy Smith. The schedule doesn't do Colorado any favors as it plays at Colorado State, at California, Hawaii and Georgia to open the season. Then add in trips to Oklahoma and Nebraska and Colorado has one of the tougher schedules in the conference.

Washington (5-7): This one was easy. The Huskies should easily make a bowl this season and it would be a major disappointment if they didn't. Senior Jake Locker is back at quarterback and is on most people's radar as a possible No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Eight other starters are back on offense, including running back Chris Polk, who had 1,113 yards rushing as a freshman. A solid offensive line and good receivers should allow the Huskies to compete with anybody in the Pac-10. The defense is a little shaky (ranked 9th in the Pac-10 in points allowed with 26.7 ppg) and the key will be the secondary as Desmon Trufant, Adam Long and Nate Williams all return. I'm more concerned with the start of the schedule -- at BYU, Syracuse, Nebraska and at USC to start the year.

Purdue (5-7): All eyes will be on Miami transfer Robert Marve at quarterback. The kid has talent and will have a great wide receiver to throw to with the return of Keith Smith (91 catches). The Boilermakers biggest issue in the offseason will be the running game. Starting back Ralph Bolden tore his ACL in March and his return is slim, so the rushing attack falls on Al-Terek McBurse (known by fans as ATM). He is a very good kick returner, but can he handle the load of an entire season? On defense, the front seven is very strong and is led by DE Ryan Kerrigan. Seven wins shouldn't be that hard to get, especailly when they play Western Illinois, Ball State and Toledo in three of the first four. (Season opener is at Notre Dame).

Mississippi State (5-7): This is the year for Dan Mullen's crew to get back to its first bowl game since 2007. The Bulldogs were close last year, losing a heartbreaker to LSU (30-26), staying with Florida for three quarters before losing 29-19 and being tied with Houston at 17 until eventually losing 31-24. Four starters are back on the offensive line, so whoever wins the quarterback job in the fall Chris Relf or Tyler Russell should be protected. Defensively the Bulldogs should be better, especially with the return of DE Pernell McPhee. This team won't be competing for the SEC title, but I feel they can get to that 6-6 mark and make a lower-level bowl.

Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2010 8:24 pm
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

I hate to disagree with you mgo, but as a Michigan grad, I couldn't disagree with you more.  RR's managing of his defense with Big East minds has made quality defensive players look outmatched time & time again.  Michigan returned almost a full defensive squad in RR's inaugural season, and the expectation was that they would carry the team.  That didn't happen.

The proof... Michigan was the lowest ranked defense in the conference 2 years straight (when could you have ever imagined such a thing in A2).  We won't have a winning season until the system is overhauled, and that will likely come this year.  I wanted to give RR a shot, but we can't score 50+ per game every week.  If the 2010 season ends at .500 with this system, I'll be very surprised.  Calling it now... this is RR's last season in Ann Arbor.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:04 am
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

The Wolfpack will be at East Carolina on October 16th. I hope NC State brings its best because they are going to need it! This motley Pirate crew has no intentions of making NC State's road to respectability an easy one!




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2010 8:49 am
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

uhm...the Huskies are not making a bowl this year.  They have a killer road schedule (they haven't won a road game in 3 years).  They play at Oregon, at USC, at California, at Wazzu, and at Arizona in conference.  They maybe win at Washington State.  They are not beating BYU or Nebraska.  The home games they have I can only see them beating Syracuse, Arizona State and possibly UCLA.  They will lose to Oregon State and Stanford.  That puts them at 4-8.  The toilet bowl again.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2010 8:43 am
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

Purdue may not be much better this year than the 5-7 squad that hit the field last season.  But they still may make a bowl.  Not because they're some amazing football powerhouse... but because they lucked out with a cushy non-conference schedule Totally agree. If they can't make it to 6-6, they got major problems. They should easily be 3-1 to start the season. So all they need is to find 3 more wins on the schedule.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2010 9:02 pm
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

Purdue may not be much better this year than the 5-7 squad that hit the field last season.  But they still may make a bowl.  Not because they're some amazing football powerhouse... but because they lucked out with a cushy non-conference schedule, and a conference rotation that has them NOT playing Iowa or Penn St. this year.  I imagine they'll still be a fairly mediocre team... but the easier schedule will probably turn that 5-7 from last year into a 7-5 this year.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

When I read "five teams with a chance at the postseason" in the blog description, I got excited.  Then I remembered the "postseason" in college football means nothing anyway.  Whoops!



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

I'm a Michigan fan but I wouldn't count them in a bowl game yet.  I have to wonder what the NCAA is going to do yet, and I still have reservations about getting that 6th win.  It's a tad bit annoying after 30 years of rooting a team on with success year in and year out to have to wonder IF we can make a bowl game.  But, that's the fun of being a fan I guess.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 3:12 pm
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

How can you not consider Michigan among the teams with a losing record that can make a bowl game?There are more than the five I mentioned. And definitely Michigan can make a bowl game, but I just said here are five I'm keeping an eye on. I dont think it would be any revelation if Michigan made a bowl. I definitely see them in a bowl game next year. I also see Kansas getting back to a bowl too, but I didn't mention them either.

Just five schools I'll be watching this year. Next blog will be all the schools that could make a bowl so nobody's fans get mad. Tongue out



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:21 pm
 

No mention of Michigan?

How can you not consider Michigan among the teams with a losing record that can make a bowl game?  Michigan returns nearly the entire offense (minus our oft-injured senior backs), and our defense only loses two players (Graham was our best player, but there is talent behind him).  We went 5-7 with a very young team, and both sides of the ball will benefit from having another year under the same systems.  If things click, we could not only be a bowl team, but a quality team that nobody wants to play.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2010 10:25 am
 

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

tomasbb,

Welcome to the Big Ten from a devout Wolverines fan (who is not himself an 'arrogant a**'). As a Schembechler man, how can I not be anything other than delighted at the presence of Tom Osborne where he and his rightfully belong. In the Midwest, after all, where free men gladly sweat in weight rooms for the privilege of wearing red, we none of us look back fondly on the days when cotton was King and Christ was nowhere to be found, in the fields or in the (little) 'big houses'. (At least the Kansans have wholeheartedly abandoned certain 'old time ways...' that, for others, '...are not forgotten'.)

As for Turner Gill, his coaching pleased me, as I not so long ago lived in the Buffalo area, and still fondly recall the thrills provided by he and Steinkuller and Rozier. May the Coach someday return triumphantly as your Bo's rightful heir.


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