The college football offseason still has plenty of days left to count down, so it should come as no surprise that we're in the unscientific "power rankings" portion of things.
9. Syracuse. New coach Dino Babers has yet to name a starter, but he has options. Eric Dungey appears to be the front-runner after a strong spring game (297 yards, seven touchdowns), while Zack Mahoney and Austin Wilson have all played in games for the Orange. Dungey showed flashes before he got hurt last year, and has a chance to move this group up (if he starts and stays healthy).
You might have some questions around this ranking, and no matter your perspective, you're not wrong... or right, really. These things are subjective and based on "gut feelings." They're also couched by the possibilities of what can or can't happen -- and in Eric Dungey's case, it's all fair. On the one hand, Dungey looked great for large portions of the 2015 season. On the other, his injuries are cause for concern. Further, Dino Babers's offense should set him up for greater opportunities for success and better numbers. But there's still the lingering concern that with some tape on him, and maybe a bit of self-policing when it comes to taking hits, the electrifying sophomore fails to excite as he once did.
These rankings are also based on the entire position group, something Syracuse can't really brag a whole lot about. That's not to disparage the group. Just pointing out the facts that beyond Dungey, we've got an experienced walk-on in Zack Mahoney, a scholarship player (Austin Wilson) who's struggled, and a true freshman (Rex Culpepper) who's probably going to redshirt.
For reference -- and this is probably how you decide whether you're on board with Adelson's assessment or not -- here's how the 14 school ranked out:
- Florida State
- North Carolina
- Georgia Tech
- Virginia Tech
- NC State
- Wake Forest
- Boston College
Again, the subjective numbers could probably be flip-flopped a bit if you were adamant they were "wrong." With Brad Kaaya, Miami's probably in better shape than Louisville with Lamar Jackson, who did not start the full season. Duke's only mildly believable at eight, when you consider that the position got a bit unstable last year. Florida State is obviously stocked with more blue chip talent than anyone else, but... Sean Maguire's the only experienced option. Boston College is a tire fire at several positions, this one most of all.
As mentioned, you can agree or disagree with the rankings all you want. Want to share your own iteration? Have at it below.