Friday, May 13, 2011
Vote: Top non-AQ team
By Andrea Adelson
You saw my preseason power rankings on Wednesday. I have Boise State as the top non-AQ team for the 2011 season. Now it is your turn to weigh in. Do you agree? Who do you think will be the top non-AQ team of the season?
The Broncos are No. 1 on my list because they have Kellen Moore returning, along with strong offensive and defensive lines, and one of the most underrated running backs in the nation in Doug Martin. But you can make a case for some of the other candidates on this list. TCU should have a strong defense once again and that could make up for inexperience at quarterback and on the offensive line.
BYU returns 19 starters, including potential first-round pick Matt Reynolds on the offensive line, along with a deep group of receivers and running backs. Houston has Case Keenum back, and the nonconference schedule is not impossible. Tulsa has a ridiculously difficult nonconference schedule, with games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State. But the Golden Hurricane have lots of talent coming back.
There are other teams that could have made this list, including UCF, Northern Illinois, Miami (Ohio), SMU, Hawaii, Nevada, Air Force and San Diego State. If you disagree with my top five, leave your choice in the comments section and we shall discuss next week.