[2017 College Football Preview] Independent

The 2017 College Football Preview continues with the LAST “conference” before we get to the big boys of college football.

These are the teams without a conference.

Notre Dame.

BYU.

Army.

UMass.

They think they are better than everyone else because they play without a conference.

You aren’t fooling anyone, but let’s see exactly how good these guys will be this season.

LEZ DO DIS!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

4. UMass Minutemen

Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Mark Whipple (8-28 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Andy Isabella (WR), Adam Breneman (TE), Sha-Ki Holines (DL), Steve Casali (LB), Jesse Monteiro (CB), Marquis Young (RB), Da’Sean Downey (LB), Lee Moses (CB), Andrew Ford (QB), Jake Largay (OL), Raquan Thomas (OL), Logan Laurent (K), Ali Ali-Musa (DL), Shane Huber (LB), Colbert Calhoun (LB), Isaiah Rodgers (CB)

Top Incoming Players: None worth my time

Toughest Games This Season: @ Tennessee (September 23), Ohio (September 30), @ USF (October 14), Appalachian State (October 28), @ Mississippi State (November 4), @ BYU (November 18)

Predicted Record: 4-8


 

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Brian Kelly (59-31 at Notre Dame, 112-53 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Josh Adams (RB), Equanimeous St. Brown (WR), Miles Boykin (WR), Sam Mustipher (OL), Mike McGlinchey (OL), Quenton Nelson (OL), Jerry Tillery (DL), Nyles Morgan (LB), Julian Love (CB), Drue Tranquill (CB), Justin Yoon (K), Brandon Wimbush (QB), Chase Claypool (WR), Kevin Stepherson (WR), Durham Smythe (TE), Alex Bars (OL), Jonathan Bonner (DL), Andrew Trumbetti (DL), Daelin Hayes (LB), Greer Martini (LB), Nick Coleman (DB), Tyler Newsome (P), Jalen Elliott (S)

Top Incoming Players: Brock Wright (TE), Robert Hainsey (OL), Cole Kmet (TE), David Adams (LB), Darnell Ewell (DL), Aaron Banks (OL), Josh Lugg (OL), Avery Davis (QB), Isaiah Robertson (CB), C.J. Holmes (RB), Dillan Gibbons (OL), Kurt Hinish (DL), Jonathon MacCollister (DL), Drew White (LB), Michael Young (WR), Jafar Armstrong (WR), Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB), Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (DL)

Toughest Games This Season: Georgia (September 9), @ Michigan State (September 23), @ North Carolina (October 7), USC (October 21), N.C. State (October 28), @ Miami, FL (November 11), Navy (November 18), @ Stanford (November 25)

Predicted Record: 7-5


 

2. Army West Point Black Knights

Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Heart of Dallas vs. North Texas (Won 38-31)

Head Coach: Jeff Monken (14-23 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Andy Davidson (RB), John Voit (DL), Darnell Woolfolk (RB), Bryce Holland (OL), Brett Toth (OL), Mike Houghton (OL), Alex Aukerman (LB), Ahmad Bradshaw (QB), Jordan Asberry (RB), Kell Walker (RB), Jeff Ejekam (WR), Rick Kurz (OL), Andrew McLean (DL), Kenneth Brinson (LB), Elijah Riley (CB), Marcus Hyatt (CB), Rhyan England (S), Blake Wilson (K)

Top Incoming Players: Army’s recruits aren’t listed until later this summer due to U.S. Military restrictions

Toughest Games This Season: @ Ohio State (September 16), Navy (December 9)

Predicted Record: 8-4


 

1. BYU Cougars

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Poinsettia vs. Wyoming (Won 24-21)

Head Coach: Kalani Sitake (9-4 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Tanner Mangum (QB), Tejan Koroma (OL), Tuni Kanuch (OL), Corbin Kaufusi (DL), Fred Warner (LB), Francis Bernard (LB), Dayan Ghanwoloku (CB), Jonny Linehan (P), Jonah Trinnaman (WR), Keyan Norman (OL), Moses Kaumatule (DL), Butch Pau’u (LB), Troy Warner (CB), Micah Hannemann (CB), Rhett Almond (K), Thomas Schoaf (OL), Kesni Tausinga (DL)

Top Incoming Players: Chaz Ah You (DB), Langi Tuifua (DL), Austin Kafentzis (QB), Ula Tolutau (RB), Aiden Toda (DL), Taipe Vaka (OL), Austin Lee (DB), Jackson McChesney (RB), Ben Bywater (LB), Bentley Hanshaw (TE), Isaac Rex (TE), Ryan Rehkow (K)

Toughest Games This Season: LSU (September 2), Utah (September 9), Wisconsin (September 16), Boise State (October 6), @ Mississippi State (October 14)

Predicted Record: 11-2

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