The Gridirons Great G5’s of 2014 (TOP 25) Introducing # 5

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Gridiron Great G5 Top 25 – 2014

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5).   NIU (12 – 2) MAC,  Predicted  2014 Finish (10-2) Bowl eligibl 

6).   Cincinnati (9 – 4) AAC,  Predicted  2014 Finish (10-2) Bowl eligibl 

7).   North Texas (9 – 4) CUSA,  Predicted  2014 Finish (10-2) Bowl eligible

8).   Utah State (9 – 5) MWC, Predicted  2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

9)    Toledo (7-5) MAC,  Predicted  2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

10)  Louisiana-Lafayette (9 – 4) SBC Predicted 2014 Finish (10-2) Bowl eligible

11)  Rice (11 – 4) CUSA   Predicted 2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

12)  San Diego State (8 – 5) MWC  Predicted 2014 Finish (10-2) Bowl eligible

13)   Ball State (10 – 3) MAC Predicted 2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

14)   Houston (8 – 5) AAC Predicted 2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

15)   Middle Tennessee (8 – 5) CUSA Predicted 2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

16)   Navy (9 – 4) IND, Predicted 2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl

17)   Western Kentucky (8 – 4) CUSA Predicted 2014 Finish (8-4) Bowl eligible

18)   Boise State (8 – 5) MAC  Predicted 2014 Finish (8-4) Bowl eligible

19)   Tulane (7 5) AAC  Predicted 2014 Finish (7-5) Bowl eligible

20)   Arkansas State (8 – 5) SBC  Predicted 2014 Finish (9-3) Bowl eligible

21)   Bowling Green (10 – 4) MAC Predicted 2014 Finish (7-5) Bowl eligible

22)   Colorado State (8 – 6) MWC Predicted 2014 Finish (7-5) Bowl eligible

23)   BYU (7-5) IND Predicted 2014 Finish (7-5) Bowl eligible  

24)   UTSA (7-5) CUSA Predicted 2014 Finish (7-5) Bowl eligible

25)   ODU (8-4) CUSA Predicted 2014 Finish (7-5) Bowl eligible

Simmering Six (Just missed the Top 25)
26). San Jose State (6-6), MWC
27). UNLV (7-6) MWC
28). Louisiana Tech 4 -8 CUSA
29). Wyoming (5-7) MWC
30). Buffalo (8-5) MAC
31). Ohio (7-6) MAC

Pre Pre Top 25 … http://wp.me/p4wbqJ-6n 

Today, Sunday June1, 2014 we will reveal # 5 in the TOP 25 G5 FBS programs projected for the 2014 Football season.  Each day starting at the bottom #25 we will give an introduction about each team until we get to #1.

The Gridirons Great G5’s of 2014 (TOP 25) Introducing # 5

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5). NIU (12 – 2) MAC, *Third year coach Rod Carey, 12–2 (.857) knows all too well that things do not stay the same. A fact that is obvious not only to the staff but the fans.  Jordan Lynch led the Huskies to back-to-back MAC West championships (2011–2012). Now the staff starts preparing for more of the same. Last year one area of concern was the secondary. In 2013 the defense allowed 263 yards per game passing, a stat that has to be improved. There is no such thing as “no one is irreplaceable”. Jordan Lynch was one of the best college players in the country, and now moves on to the next level.  NIU will look to Matt McIntosh or Drew Hare to carry the team into the future and to be motivators off the field.  Fortunately, the rest of the offense is strong and with Cameron Stingily and James Spencer returning in 2014 they will need to put the ball in the end zone often. Another advantage the Huskies will have is a very smart and swift receiver like Tommylee Lewis, who could may very well be the be the next star on offense.  Two more emerging stars that will shine in 2014 are  Da’ron Brown and TE Luke Eakes both will see plenty of time on the field and  be roll models for the rest of the team.  Three starters are back on the O line, but Tyler Loos and all-star guard Jared Volk have moved on. Another area of concern is the entire defensive front four has to be replaced, but the linebacking corps returns intact and FS Dechane Durante and CB Paris Logan are ready for a challenge. NIU plays in the 24,000 seat Huskie Stadium.   NIU has the 4th beat recruiting class in the MAC coming in with 31 players to continue to winning traditions.  * Took over the coach job 2012 -Bowl game.

2014 Northern Illinois Huskies Football Schedule Predictions (10-2 )
Date   Opponent Predictions
Thursday Aug. 28 Presbyterian Blue Hose Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL TBA W
Saturday Sept. 6 at Northwestern Wildcats Ryan Field, Evanston, IL TBA L
Saturday Sept. 13 at UNLV Rebels Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV TBA W
Saturday Sept. 20 at Arkansas Razorbacks D.W.R. Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR TBA W
Saturday Sept. 27 Open Date
Saturday Oct. 4 Kent State Golden Flashes Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL TBA W
Saturday Oct. 11 Central Michigan Chippewas (HC) Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL TBA W
Saturday Oct. 18 Miami (OH) RedHawks Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL TBA W
Saturday Oct. 25 at Eastern Michigan Eagles Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI TBA W
Saturday Nov. 1 Open Date
Wednesday Nov. 5 at Ball State Cardinals Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN 7:00 p.m. CT ESPN2/ESPNU L
Tuesday Nov. 11 Toledo Rockets Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL 7:00 p.m. CT ESPN2/ESPNU W
Tuesday Nov. 18 at Ohio Bobcats Peden Stadium, Athens, OH 7:00 p.m. CT ESPNU/ESPN3 W
Friday Nov. 28 at Western Michigan Broncos Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI Time TBA ESPNU/ESPN3 W

2 thoughts on “The Gridirons Great G5’s of 2014 (TOP 25) Introducing # 5

  1. I dont see how NIU loses at Ball State when they lost way more then us and losing at northwestern who sucked last year, more likely to lose to arkansas or unlv then northwestern.

    • Hey Nick, It may sound a little unorthodox, but I did my best to digest an assortment of information that was given to me that I had to review, before we posted the predictions of W’s & L’s. From the assortment of responses that I got from MAC members that post on the CSNbbs boards, well they predicted an order. I and a few others looked at the schedule and made a determination of the potential wins for each team to fit the scenario that was given to us from posters votes. I know it is not an exact science and we did our best. Who knows, I appreciate your comment. Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. Remember it is all in fun. I personally think NIU will probably win over Ball state. But I had to go with the consensus of those that had contributed and voted.
      Good Luck, know you guys should have a great year.
      Sincerely,
      Oldtimer

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