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Buffalo Bulls
Lance Leipold has had a very difficult run as head coach as Buffalo head coach. He has already lost more games at Buffalo than he ever did in a long run at Wisconsin-Whitewater. He had a two win season last fall, and the heat is starting to turn on him now, and one has to wonder if he is in over his head at this job. Recruiting has not jumped through the roof, and the overall talent level seems stagnant. Something has to give this season.

What To Be Excited About: Offense
One major strength is on the line where four starters return in the form of LG Brandon Manosalvas, C James O'Kegan, RG Tomas Jack-Kurdyla, and RT David Goldsby. Jacquis Webb, a junior, has the first shot at taking over at LT after transferring from Rutgers.
That's where the excitement ends.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
Tyree Jackson is back at QB, but hardly blew the roof off of any buildings last fall. He tossed nine TDs and was picked nine times as well. He completed just 53.1% of his passes as well. There is no telling whether or not we can expect any development.
Jonathon Hawkins is slated to be the starting RB, but he rushed for just 74 times for 338 yards and one score. He is a decent receiver as well, but he is pretty much all the Bulls have.
Kamathi Holsey is the lone returning starting WR this fall. He caught just 19 catches last...

Bowling Green Falcons

Mike Jinks was an interesting choice as the new head coach of the Falcons before last season, to say the least, and Bowling Green took a major step back in his first season after replacing Dino Babers, who had left for Syracuse. Several issues that plagued this team last season could still be issues this fall, so will this team stay in the upper half of the their division, yet miss a bowl game again, or will they sink farther into the depths of what appears to be a two team race in the MAC West?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

The run game should be the strength of the offense this season, as Jinks came to BGSU after working as the RB coach at Texas Tech. Donovan Wilson has slipped ahead of Josh Cleveland as the lead candidate to start at RB after the departure of lead rusher Fred Coppet. Cleveland and Wilson will both likely get plenty of turns with the ball, as they combined for 1152 yards rushing last season as backups. Cleveland has more of the big play potential that the Falcons will need, as he averaged 6.43 yards per carry to Wilson's just over 4.5 per carry.

The receiving corps is getting plenty of attention, even if Scott Miller is the lone returning starter. Miller led the team with 72 receptions last fall for 968 yards and 10 scores, and was first team All-MAC. JC transfer Datrin Guyton will likely step in, and is highly regarded, but will need to...

Appalachian State Mountaineers

The Mountaineers appear to once again be the favorite to win the Sun Belt, but there should be some push from a couple of other teams like Troy and Arkansas State along the way. There is some explosive talent coming back on offense, and the defense was one of the best in the nation last fall, allowing just 17.8 points per game. Could another major title run be at stake for the Mountaineers this fall? Absolutely, it should.

What To Be Excited About: Offense

The two biggest stars on the team are back on offense in QB Taylor Lamb and RB Jalin Moore. Lamb is a very efficient dual threat passer who passed for 2281 yards and 15 TDs last season to eight picks. He completed 60.6% of his pass attempts, and also managed to rush for 505 yards and nine more scores, while averaging 5.67 yards per carry.

Moore is a beast at RB for the Mountaineers, and rushed for 1402 yards and 10 TDs last season. He averaged 5.92 yards per carry, while averaging over 107 yards rushing per game. He is one of the best returning backs in the nation this fall.

There is decent leadership coming back on the line in RT Beau Nunn and RG Colby Gossett, who are both seniors. Tobias Edge-Campbell is at LG, and will be a junior this fall.
Michael Rubino put in a solid effort at PK as a freshman, as he connected on 15/21 FG...

Western Michigan Broncos
The Broncos are starting a new era after their most successful season in school history closed out with a Cotton Bowl loss to Wisconsin. PJ Fleck is gone as head coach, but now WMU gets one of their own in charge in the form of former QB Tim Lester. Lester has a lot to live up to in his first season as coach of the Broncos, but there should be enough talent on hand to keep the Broncos relevant, even if they slip some from the heights of last fall. Will there be enough on hand to challenge Toledo in the MAC West?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
The run game should be a major strength for the Broncos in 2017, as Jarvion Franklin returns after rushing for 1353 yards and 12 TDs. He averaged 5.46 yards per carry, and 96.64 yards per game last fall. Jamauri Bogan is also back after rushing for 923 yards as the primary backup last fall, and that total was before he was injured. LeVante Bellamy also returns after missing all but three games last fall.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
There is no clear cut QB as of now, as Zach Terrell has moved on. Tom Flacco, brother of Joe Flacco, is the only QB on the roster with game experience, and he has a scant amount of that. He is in a battle with Joe Wassink that will carry over into fall camp.
Corey Davis, the record setting WR, is gone, as are the top three WRs from last season's roster. The most experienced WR returning is D'Wayne Eskridge, who...

The ballots for the 2018 Class of the College Football Hall of Fame are due this Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. On this evening of June 17th, 2017, I have made my ballot final, and have submitted my votes to the National Football Foundation electronically. This article breaks down the process, and how I went about it.

I have officially cast my ballot with the National Football Foundation for the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2018. As I have said since receiving my ballot, I wanted to make this process a transparent process, and take you, the reader, with me through the process of making my picks. There were 75 eligible candidates for the FBS Player selections, of which I had to narrow to 12 total votes. I was able to identify 10 players very quickly. I then had to narrow a list of 18 players down to the final two selections. I was finally able to process those 18 players to 11, and from 11 to six. I finally selected the final two votes this evening, giving me 12 FBS votes. They are as follows:

Warren Sapp, DT, Miami
Lomas Brown, OT, Florida
Eric Dickerson, RB, SMU
Jumbo Elliott, OT, Michigan
Craig "Iron Head" Heyward, RB, Pittsburgh
Raghib "Rocket" Ismael, Notre Dame
Ray Lewis,...

Akron Zips
Injuries decimated the Akron Zips last fall to drop the program from an eight win bowl winner in 2015 to a five win team staying home for the holidays last season. Some of those injuries are still lingering as we head into fall camp, and if the roster does not get healthy in a hurry, it could be another slip for Terry Bowden and his Zips this fall. Can they get healthy and have enough in the tank to be a surprise team in the West and get back to another bowl in 2017?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Thomas Woodson was one of those injured players at QB, and was limited to eight games. If he is healthy in 2017, he is one of the better QBs in the league. He managed to pass for 2079 yards and 18 scores in those eight games, and tossed just six INTs. He missed spring ball due to shoulder surgery, and just got back to throwing in June. If he is not ready to go, this position gets devalued to a concern rather than a point of excitement. Virginia and JC transfer Nick Johns and Kato Nelson are the other options.
The interior line will be solid for the Zips in 2017, as both Guards and the Center all return. Stephen Erickson and Kyle Ritz will be back at the Guard spots, while LaVonne Gauthney will be back at Center.
Tom O'Leary is back as the PK, and was almost automatic last fall when he hit 10/11 FG attempts.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense

Boise State Broncos
The Broncos Had a couple of losses that were tough to swallow in conference play, and were games that they never would have lost a few years ago. Boise State lost to Wyoming, and then lost to Air Force in the regular season finale, and ended up in the Cactus Bowl, where a team that was completely uninspired got hammered by a Baylor team that was on a six game losing skid. That is not typical of this program to fall flat like that, so this season has to be about some unfinished business, and the Broncos are also scrapping this fall to reclaim their reputation as a Power Five killer. Will they be able to overcome the mistakes of last season and get back to the top of the heap in the Mountain West, and on the national scene?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Brett Rypien is back as a junior, and we should see some interesting year to year growth in the nephew of Washington State legend Mark Rypien. Brett played well at times, but when he did turn it over (eight picks last fall), it was at severely inopportune times. He will have to be able to play smarter and more under control this fall, but that is all possible. He passed for yards and 24 scores last fall, and completed 61.9% of his passes.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
There are more questions than answers this season for the Broncos on the offensive side of the football. Jeremy McNichols being gone at RB is one of those glaring issues. He rushed...

Idaho Vandals

The final season of FBS football is set to commence for the Vandals, and the shame of it is that this is happening right when the Vandals are becoming interesting in the Sun Belt. Idaho finished with nine wins last season, by far one of their most successful seasons as an FBS (1-A) program.Paul Petrino has the Vandals ready to charge once again, and this team will try to challenge for a conference title on their way out the door. Can they upstage everyone as they leave the group?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

Matt Linehan returns as a senior, and will close out his career at Idaho as a four year starter. He has evolved into a solid passer, as he passed for 3184 yards and 19 TDs last season. He averaged 244.9 yards passing per game, and added another four scores on the ground.

The receiving unit does suffer the loss of their two leading receivers, who were both TEs, but the group is decent enough to carry the day this fall. Reuben Mwelha caught 16 passes last season, and steps into a starting role, but Alfonso Ununwor and Jacob Shannon both return as well, and they combined for 67 receptions last season.

The Vandals have a solid combo pack coming back at RB this fall in Aaron Duckworth and Isaiah Saunders. The two combined to rush for 1403 yards last season, and scored 14 times.

What To Be Concerned About: Offense

Four starters...

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns

The Ragin' Cajuns won three of their final four games last season to secure a bowl bid, where they lost to Southern Miss, 28-21. In case you have not noticed, as of late, the Mark Hudspeth era is not going very well. I would say that he is on the hot seat, but he seems to be the cat with nine lives, although he is running out of them. After a 6-7 finish in 2016, another such season in 2017 may see him really struggle to keep his job.

What To Be Excited About: Offense

There is not much to be excited about offensively for this football team in 2017. We will star at the Tackle spots, where they have two seniors pegged to start in D'Aquin Withrow and Grant Horst. Christian Cederquest may push for time as a junior at LG, while Adrian Goodacre may do the same at RG.

The PK game may be in good hands as well, as Stevie Artigue returns after connecting on 19/24 FG attempts in 2016.

What To Be Concerned About: Offense

The QB situation was not great last season with LSU transfer Anthony Jennings at the controls, and he is now gone. The projected starter is Jordan Davis, a RS junior who attempted all of three passes last season, and that was in a bad QB group. The only other legitimate answer is sophomore Dion Ray, who attempted one pass last season.

The run game took a big hit in losing Elijah...

The Pitt Panthers were one of the surprises in 2016 of the ACC Coastal Division, as they finished within one win of tying for the division title and having a shot to head to the conference title game for the first time, but they did fall just short, and now they have questions to answer, much like the rest of their division in 2017. Will Pat Narduzzi find enough answers to make a run at what would be an unlikely ACC Coastal title?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Qadree Ellison started virtually the entire 2015 season when James Conner missed that season due to his illness, and he flourished in the role, rushing for 1121 yards. He rushed for 631 yards as the lead backup last season when Conner returned, but he is back in the lead role once again. He averaged over 10 yards per carry as the reserve last fall, and has big play ability, which should be prominently featured this fall in the rushing attack. Chawntez Moss averaged 5.4 yards per carry, and Darrin Hall has also lettered for the last two seasons. Both return to add competition and depth.
Jester Weah led the team last fall with 36 receptions for 870 yards and ten scores last fall, and will return to be the primary target for whomever wins the QB derby that will take place in fall camp. Henderson could also see a ton of time at WR, with the other two...

South Alabama Jaguars

It was a strange ride for the Jags in 2016, as they opened the season with a win over Mississippi State, but followed it with losses to Georgia Southern at home, and to ULL on the road. They beat San Diego State, but lost to ULM. USA did just enough to skate into the Arizona Bowl, but were no match for Air Force, and after the long strange trip that the season was, the Jags finished just 6-7. Will they be able to show enough consistency to overcome the ups and downs and challenge for a spot in the top half of the Sun Belt?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

With several losses on offense, the best returning player will be RB Xavier Johnson. He is a very good back in a not so great overall rushing attack that was less than able last season. Johnson led the team with 831 yards rushing and 10 scores, while averaging 5.51 yards per carry. If South Alabama wants to get into a consistent groove in 2017, they hand him the rock as much as he can handle it. JC transfer Tywun Walters is expected to give the Jags an inside punch as well in combo with Johnson.

Three starters return on the line in LT Noah Fisher, C Harrison Louden, and RG Dominic Esposito. Head coach Joey Jones went on and on during the off season about how much more physical this team should be coming out of spring ball, and if that is the case, running the ball with Johnson would be that much more certain.

What To Be Concerned...

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Nick Rolovich has come on board to coach this rambling wreck of a program, and has...gasp...made this team not so horrible. Rolovich gave this program some life after the mistake that was Norm Chow, and now Hawaii football seems to have a future again. The offense emerged as something to sometimes behold, and while the defense was horrible most of the time, this team did enough to get to a bowl game (stayed home in the Hawaii Bowl, beat Middle Tennessee), and was able to infuse some hope. Can that trend continue this season with a newly acquired target on their backs?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
The minds of Rolovich and OC Brian Smith are awesome things to behold. They can run speed with two slotbacks. They can run power with TE and H-Backs. They can go big with tall receivers, and they mix it all into one giant bag of fun.
Dru Brown is now the undisputed QB this fall after passing for 2488 yards and 19 scores against just seven INTs. He completed 62.4% of his passes, and should be even better this fall than last after taking over the starting job from Ikaika Woolsey, who moved on after last season. Brown added four scores on the ground, and is a perfect fit for this weird science offense.
Diocemy Saint Juste is also back at RB after breaking loose last fall for 1006 yards and three scores. With a more defined role, he could be even better this season than last. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry, and could be one of the more surprising...

Stanford Cardinal
I expected the Cardinal to slip more than they did a year ago, and even though it was a down year by normal standards, Stanford still managed to win 10 games after beating North Carolina in the Sun Bowl. That was a heck of a run despite not really having their chosen starting QB most of the season, and for the fact that their star RB was banged up a good chunk of it as well. David Shaw may very well be the best coach in this conference, and he proved it once again in 2016. Can he repeat that measure in 2017, even though he may not have as much offensive talent as North contenders Washington and Washington State?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Keller Chryst is apparently healthy this season, and if he can hold it together, he may be the best passer st Stanford since Andrew Luck left. Chryst was never himself last season, and Ryan Burns took the reins and ran with it. All you need to know, however, is that Chryst had a 5:1 TD to INT ratio last season when he was able to go. That tells you something. KJ Costello took a ton of snaps this spring, as Chryst was not healthy enough to go after being injured and knocked out of the bowl game.
There is no doubting the talent that was Christian McCaffrey, but one silver lining of him leaving the team before the bowl game was that Bryce Love got to show...

Washington State Cougars
The Washington State Cougars came to life in 2016 under Mike Leach, and there are plenty of pieces in place to make sure that the party has not ended. The offense still promises plenty of explosiveness under QB Luke Falk, and the defense showed major improvement last season, allowing just over 26 points per game. In short, the Cougars are still the best prepared team in the PAC-12 North to challenge the Washington Huskies this season, but is there enough in the tank to pull the upset and steal the North division in 2017?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Luke Falk is back, and there are few better QBs in the nation coming back in 2017 to major college football. Falk passed for 4468 yards and 38 TDs in the Air Raid offense last season, and he added 38 TDs to 11 INTs. He avraged 343.7 yards passing per game last season, and completed an amazing 70% of his passes. He should run one of the most efficient passing offenses that you will see all season from any given team.
Jamal Morrow and James Wicks will return at RB. The run game is very much secondary in this offense, but what they do have is explosive, big play ability out of the group that they have. Morrow averaged 6.39 yards per carry, and wicks averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
The Cougars lost some serious skill in Gabe Marks and River Cracraft, but they do return an exciting group of receivers to the fold this season, and there should be little...

Mountain West Football Media Summit 2017

The Mountain West Media Summit got underway this morning at the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas this morning. The event kicked off with a Coaches Round Table for the West Division coaches from San Diego State, UNLV, Hawaii, Fresno State, Nevada, and San Jose State. That event was followed up by the Leadership Conference with Commish Craig Thompson. Here's what we have learned thus far...

The conference with Craig Thompson was the most enlightening part of the morning thus far, as the Mountain West fights to raise their profile in the overall power structure of major college football. He used the acronym FANG to describe the various social media outlets that the conference is trying to use to elevate their profile with a group of people that no longer watches traditional television.

Craig Thompson uses the acronym FANG to discuss social media initiates to reach out to segment of population that no longer watched traditional TV.

There is a real fight to keep the Mountain West relevant as other conferences jocky for position in power structure.

Craig Thompson does not know what streaming will be like even in three years time. Talked about the broadcast deals struck by the NFL with Yahoo, other outlets.

The early signing period for recruits was discussed, and...

Texas Longhorns
The Charlie Strong era at Texas never fully got off the ground, nor was it ever really given the fuel to do so. Not everyone in the administration stood fully behind Strong, and it showed from day one. The new Tom Herman era begins, and the support level is a complete 180 degree turn from where it was under Strong. Everyone is all in on Herman, who was largely the hottest coaching target in the nation, which is debatable as to why he was after winning just nine games at Houston in a season in which the Cougars were largely expected to be a potential playoff buster. Herman has stormed into Austin with a ton of bluster, but he has to produce on the field now, and that may be easier said than done.

What To Be Excited About: Offense
The foundation of any good offense starts with the line, and four starters return this fall in Brandon Hodges, Zach Shackleford, Patrick Vahe, and Connor Williams. In short, the Horns could have one fo the most experienced lines in the Big 12 coming back, which could be a platform to boost them higher than fifth in the league, which is where I have them spotted at.
At QB, Shane Buechele returns after a freshman season that showed occasional flashes of brilliance. He passed for 2958 yards and 21 TDs, while he rushed for another two scores. Buechele completed 60.4% of his passes, and averaged 32.6 pass attempts per game. He finished the season with 246.5...

Some folks were really starting to have doubts about whether or not West Virginia could succeed in the Big 12, that maybe the program was in over their heads. Last season dispelled much of that doubt, and Dana Holgorsen saved his job by winning 10 games, and finished 7-2 in conference play. There is no reason to think that a replay of last season could not be in store, and it could even get a little bit better if the right chips fall.

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Will Grier transferred over from Florida to be able to start this season with the departure of Skyler Howard, and it could not have worked out more perfectly. Grier was a star in the WVU spring game, and his potential in this offense is through the roof. Any kind of negativity with Grier was left behind at Florida, and the clean break and reboot will work wonders for him, so expect big things from the passing game with Grier at the trigger.
Justin Crawford was a major find last fall as a junior, and returns for his senior season at RB after finishing with 1184 yards rushing and four scores. He could blow up even bigger this fall, as he has massive home run potential after averaging 7.26 yards per carry last season. Sophomore Kennedy McCoy also adds some big play ability after averaging 6.47 yards per carry in relief duty in 2016. Martell Pettaway...

It has been a long and dark period in Virginia football history, and Bronco Mendenhall will enter his second full season as coach of the Cavaliers, with his job being to find a light at the end of the tunnel. That light did not exist after a 2-10 finish last season that saw Virginia win just one game in ACC play. If Mendenhall stays at the level of expectations that I have for a new coach, year two should start to see this team showing some fight and getting competitive, but has the overall roster reached the point where that could be possible this fall?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
East Carolina transfer Kurt Benkert took off with the QB job, and gives the Cavaliers the best QB they have had overall in years. He passed for 2552 yards and 21 TDs to 11 INTs, and he figures in as the starter once again in 2017. If Virginia can get some talent around him, he should be able to far surpass the numbers that he posted last fall.
Benkert should have some solid targets in the passing game, as his top two receivers from a year ago, Doni Dowling and Olamide Zaccheus, both return. The two combined for 101 receptions last fall for 1210 yards on the season, and they also combined for 11 of the 21 TDs that Benkert threw for. With some losses behind them, both receivers may show an increased work load in 2017. Every key reserve from last season will return, but two starters were lost to graduation.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense

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UTSA Roadrunners
Frank Wilson finally got the Roadrunners over the hump in his first season and got UTSA to a bowl game for the first time in the young history of this football program. With the loss to New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl, however, dropped them to just 6-7 on the season, so there is still obvious work to be done. Will the Roadrunners have enough talent to push forward to a winning record in a wide open CUSA West?

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Dalton Sturm is back at QB for UTSA in 2017. He had a solid, but not perfect, run at QB last season after passing for 20 TDs and just six INTs. He completed just 56.5% of his passes, but with another year under Frank Scelfo as OC, he should show some solid development at a senior.
His top two targets are both back as well in WRs Josh Stewart and Kerry Thomas, Jr. They combined for 71 receptions last season and 1237 yards. Thomas led the team with eight TDs, while Stewart added five.
Three players return on the offensive line with starting experience in Stefan Beard, Kyle McKinney, and Austin Pratt.
Jarveon Williams may be gone at RB, but Jalen Rhodes is back after rushing for 827 yards and nine scores. He averaged 5.34 yards per carry and may be ready for a breakout season in 2017.
What To be Concerned About: Offense
The Roadrunners will have to...

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

Matt Viator is in year two of a complete strip down and rebuild of this program, and in my opinion, finishing 4-8 in year one was a pretty good showing for this football team. At this point, it's all about building talent and moving in the right direction, and year two will be ab out staying competitive in close games, and trying to push for a bowl game. While the schedule early may seem a road block to that goal, what can we really expect of this team come conference time in 2017?

What To Be Excited About: Offense

Marcus Green caught 36 passes to lead the team last season, and three of the top four receivers all return, which should stabilize the passing game to a degree, depending on who wins the QB battle in camp. Xavier Brown got in some starts last season, and returns, and the third spot projects to D'Marius Gillespie. RJ turner also returns and could push Gillespie out of some playing time. Turner and Brown are major deep ball threats.

What To be Concerned About: Offense

There could be questions at the QB position as we head into fall camp. Garrett Smith, who started a chunk of games, but was never spectacular last season, missed spring football with an apparent knee injury suffered in season. Caleb Evans got the starting reps during spring, and showed more command of the offense, and could wind up the starter by opening day. This...

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
A new era has begun in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the Brian Brohm era has ended, and that of Mike Sanford, Jr. has begun. One bit advise that I would give to Sanford is to not change a thing. Do not fix what is not broken, and do not tweak what does not need tweaking for the sake of personal ego. If that advise is taken, there is no reason to expect WKU to not compete for yet another CUSA East and conference title in 2017.

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Mike White Returns for his senior season at QB, and he broke through last fall and took the leadership reins of the offense in an effortless transition. He passed for 4363 yards and 37 TDs to just seven INTs, and completed a very respectable 67.3% of his passes, while averaging 311.6 yards passing per game. He will be one of the top ten QBs in FBS football in 2017.
I will talk about the loss at RB in a moment, but there is good news there as well. Quinton Baker is back to try to win the starting job, and averaged 5.47 yards per carry last fall while rushing for 542 yards and four scores in a backup role. Look for him to be a CUSA and WKU breakout candidate this season. Leon Allen also returns, and has 14 starts under his belt and could share time with Baker.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
The receiving corps was decimated by the loss of...

Oklahoma State won ten games last season, and likely should have won 11 if not for a badly officiated ending to their loss at home against Central Michigan. The Cowboys look, on paper, like a team with enough offensive firepower to run sprint for sprint with Oklahoma in the Big 12, and quietly, at least offensively, may be one of the best teams in the nation this season. I have them as an early top ten program this fall, but will they live up to it?

What To Be Excited: Offense
The biggest reason to be pumped is that the triad returned intact this season in QB Mason Rudolph, RB Justice Hill, and WR James Washington. This may be one of the best trios in the nation at the offensive skill positions in college football.
Rudolph returns as the top trigger man after passing for 4091 yards, 28 TDs, and just four INTs last fall. He averaged 314.7 yards passing per game while attempting 34.5 passes per contest. He is a quiet Heisman contender in a crowded field in 2017.
Washington was a beast last season at WR, as he collected 71 receptions for 1380 yards and ten TDs. Washington is a big play machine, and averaged over 19 yards per catch, and averaged 106.2 yards per game. Other good news comes in the form of the return of fellow starting WR Jalen McCleskey, who finished second on the team with 73 receptions for 812 yards and seven...

Wyoming Cowboys
After a 7-2 start last season that included a win over Boise State (the Cowboys later also beat San Diego State), the wheels fell off of the wagon a bit, and Wyoming finished the season by losing four of their final five. Still, the Cowboys had done just enough to get to the MWC title game, where they fell by a FG in their rematch against San Diego State. The Cowboys, like Boise State, lost a ton of talent off of their roster after last season, but expect Craig Bohl and his staff to keep the wheels churning in a tough, but winnable, Mountain West Mountain Division.

What To Be Excited About: Offense
Josh Allen is back at QB as a junior, and will be the primary focus of the Cowboy offense this fall. He passed for yards and 28 TDs, but he will have to find a way to decrease his mistakes (15 INTs) and increase his accuracy (56%). Still, Allen has the most potential of any QB in the league, and that could carry this team far.
Four starters return up front on the line, including LT Zach Wallace, C Gavin Rush, RG Kaden Jackson, and RT Ryan Cummings.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
Brian Hill, one of the most productive backs in Mountain West and Wyoming history, as departed early, leaving a gaping hole at RB. Projected starter Milo Hall does not have a single carry in the program, and could end up sharing the load.
James Price and CJ Johnson are the new starting WRs, as both spots came open after last season. They combined for all of 27...

North Texas Mean Green
Seth Littrell has given some new life to the North Texas football program, but getting to a bowl game with a 5-7 record is no cause for celebration just yet, especially when UNT lost the bowl game to Army to finish 5-8 last season. Still, it is a development step for this program, and just maybe a sign of things to come as Littrell builds this program back up.

What To be Excited About: Offense
UNT has always been a better program when they effectively ran the football. That has been the case for the better part of the last two decades. Luckily, they have a solid back in Jeffery Wilson, who rushed for 936 yards in 11 games and scored 14 times. He needs to have the leash taken off of him a bit, and he needs increased carries to get UNT to the next level, and could be a breakout candidate in 2017.
Four starters return on the line in Creighton Barr, TJ Henson, Jordan Murray, and Elex Woodworth, and that may be the best news yet.
Trevor Moore hit 9/13 FG attempts last season, and could be in for an increased work load as the offense improves around him.
What To Be Concerned About: Offense
Mason Fine is back to start at QB, but his overall performance was highly uneven last season as a freshman, which is par for the course. He passed for...

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