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The McNeese Beat Writer will come up with his own pre-season rankings soon that typically is pretty close to what happens by the end of the year...

Flame away guy's, but I didn't write it.

http://www.americanpress.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1154&Itemid=96


High hopes for McNeese football season (5/29)

By GARY LANEY
LAKE CHARLES AMERICAN PRESS

We haven't even had a chance to elegize the baseball season yet.

Heck, we still have two track guys getting ready for the NCAA championship meet with the promise of putting McNeese State in the top 25 in that sport.

But even though this sports year is still, technically, going on, it's not too early to hype next season.

And it's never too early to put out a preview magazine.

With that in mind, it's been leaked that Lindy's college football preview will come out today with the Cowboys ranked No. 4 in (take your pick) the Football Championship Series or Division I-AA, whichever you want to call it.

It's their highest preseason ranking since the 2002-2004 stretch when they were routinely a top-five team (and the top-ranked team in 2003).

Our friends at Lindy's have picked Cowboys defensive end Bryan Smith as their preseason defensive player of the year.

And to make it even better, they picked Portland State No. 7.

By the way, Portland State opens the season at McNeese on Sept. 1.

Talk about great stuff. You have the man in black, Jerry Glanville, making his return to the head coaching ranks at Portland State with an offensive coordinator, Mouse Davis, who created the run-and-shoot offense.

Davis brought the run-and-shoot to PSU as the Vikings head coach in the 1970s with a Neil Lomax-led offense racking up huge numbers against Division II opponents. Most recently, Glanville and Davis were assistants at Hawaii, where June Jones still piles up the yards with the Rainbow Warriors' version of the offense.

That potentially high-powered offensive attack will be going against McNeese and a defense anchored by the preseason national defensive player of the year in what's going to be Lake Charles' most highly-anticipated opening game since ... well, since Southern backed out in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

The tailgating for this thing could start any day now.

About the only thing Lindy's didn't do to help the build-up to this game is put a McNeese season ticket brochure in its publication.

Most are expecting McNeese and Portland State to be pretty good this year. But the other super-early preseason poll, the Any Given Saturday poll, has McNeese at a more realistic No. 12 and the Vikings at No. 14.

I would expect as the summer wears on (we have three months and three days before the opener), more of the off-season polls will look like AGS's early survey than Lindy's. McNeese is a borderline top 10 team on paper, PSU a solid top 20.

But it's the common practice for Sports Information Directors to go with the highest poll prediction in labeling their own team and the team they are playing. So, understandably, for the next three months you'll hear McNeese vs. Portland State called "a matchup of the No. 4 vs. No. 7."

With a special thanks to Lindy's.

McNeese really hasn't started pushing its season ticket sales full scale yet — as of now, renewals for current season holders are out, but general sales haven't started — but when they do start, McNeese would be crazy if "No. 4 vs. No. 7" isn't somewhere in the season ticket literature. And maybe the words "Jerry Glanville" and "Run-and-Shoot."

And, oh yeah, you get a chance to buy a ticket to the Louisiana-Lafayette game on Sept. 15.

If you can't sell this season, you can't sell.
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McTailGator wrote:
The McNeese Beat Writer will come up with his own pre-season rankings soon that typically is pretty close to what happens by the end of the year...

Flame away guy's, but I didn't write it.



But you did post it, can we avoid starting another thread about McNeese Football?

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