The Eagles will be very much in transition this season, as they suffered fairly heavy personnel losses to go with Jeff Jones’ departure for Old Dominion. They will need some of their eight newcomers to play key roles right away.
Army lost a lot from last season’s team, but has plenty of talent. The biggest adjustment will be to new roles and a concern will be a relative lack of experience as this season could be one of growing pains or a leap into contention.
Don’t be surprised if Boston University makes a grand entrance into the league by being the top team in their first season. They have a solid combination of talent and experience, along with some options from a personnel standpoint.
Although the Bison lost much more than just stats could describe from last season’s team, they aren’t exactly starting over. This is still a veteran team with good talent, and now many players who have winning experience have to move into bigger roles.
Matt Langel’s work continues this season, and the Raiders look like they’re making strides albeit at a time when the league as a whole is on a good upswing. They have some young talent that needs to grow to move up in the standings.