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In running with my Rank the Regions theme, here is my first edition. 

I had to start out with the Northeast region! I figured this was one of the smaller regions with mostly FCS schools across New England and New York states. It does get tricky though when you have some Top FCS teams mixed in with some mediocre FBS teams. But, someone has to be #1. 

 

  1. Boston College – The Eagles were far from their glory years in 2017, but they are starting to get their act back together. They have a solid running game to go with a strong defense. While they may not compete for an ACC title this season, they do have a chance to win my Northeast region!
  2. Buffalo – The Bulls have actually become a tough team. They play good competition in the MAC and usually have a couple good out of conference games they can compete in. They have Rutgers, Temple, and Army in their FBS non-conference games – all ones they will be able to compete in and maybe even challenge BC for our top spot!
  3. Army – The Cadets were great last season! They snapped the losing streak to Navy, made back-to-back bowl games for the first time in an eternity, and they actually played some really good, tough Academy football. But, Ahmad Bradshaw, their QB, was a big part of that and his graduation will leave a big hole to fill. So, the Cadets will have a shot to move up with a home date against Buffalo. (Who can they thank for scheduling Oklahoma!)
  4. New Hampshire – I might be going hard on the Wildcats to start the season (probably since I gave BC the top spot), but this team is going to be good. They usually have an exciting offense anyway, but this team is expected to be one of the top teams in FCS. They are ranked #7 in the preseason FCS national poll
  5. Stony Brook – The Seawolves are becoming one of my favorite teams. Well, they have a cool nickname! Stony Brook is also ranked in the FCS Top 25 to start the season and the new addition of Tyron Wheatley, Jr. – the son of the former NY Giant and Michigan star – will definitely help the offense even more. Watch out for them!
  6. Syracuse – Maybe it is my dislike for the color Orange to begin with or the old rivalry with Boston College, but we are still waiting to see Syracuse become relevant again. They face a tough test to open the season with Western Michigan.
  7. Yale – Yale won the Ivy League last year over Columbia and they figure to be back again at the top this season.
  8. Connecticut – If Randy Edsall worried less about finding a job for his son and more on restoring the Huskies to their glory years, they would be higher on this list. Luckily, Yale is not on their schedule!
  9. Columbia – It would be hard to put two Ivies ahead of the Huskies, but the resurgent Lions were in contention.
  10. UMass – Watch out UMass, you are on the brink!

 

And then there was the rest:

  1. Albany
  2. Wagner
  3. Harvard
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Maine
  6. Colgate
  7. Dartmouth
  8. Holy Cross
  9. Cornell
  10. Brown

 

Pardon me if I missed anybody!

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