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All the Rest (compiled by Richard Deitsch)
RANK TEAM (Final 2004 AP rank) 2004 RECORD RETURNING STARTERS
26 UTAH (4) 12-0 10
Former assistant Kyle Whittingham takes over for Urban Meyer; sophomore quarterback Brian Johnson replaces No. 1 pick Alex Smith
27 VIRGINIA (23) 8-4 14
Cavaliers lost seven players to NFL, but junior Ahmad Brooks (90 tackles, eight sacks) could be nation's best linebacker
28 IOWA STATE 7-5 18
Offense is built around pair of sophomores: QB Bret Meyer (2,257 total yards) and wideout Todd Blythe (21.4 yards per catch)
29 TEXAS TECH (18) 8-4 16
With 236 career receptions, senior Taurean Henderson needs 27 more catches to set NCAA record for running backs
30 PENN STATE 4-7 18
Rangy with 4.4 speed, wide receiver Derrick Williams, nation's No. 1 recruit, from Greenbelt, Md., could have Joe Pa feeling 60 again
31 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 5-6 15
Coach Chuck Amato likens senior defensive end Manny Lawson to NFL star Peter Boulware, an Amato disciple at Florida State
32 GEORGIA TECH 7-5 15
Knee injury limited senior tailback P.J. Daniels to eight games and 714 yards -- he gained 1,447 in '03 -- but he's fully healed
33 MINNESOTA 7-5 15
Junior tailback Laurence Maroney is one of top backs in Big Ten after rushing for 1,348 yards (6.2 per carry) with 12 touchdowns
34 UCLA 6-6 16
One of three finalists in '04, senior tight end Marcedes Lewis (32 catches, 402 yards) is front-runner for John Mackey Award
35 MISSOURI 5-6 11
With 12 rushing yards, senior quarterback Brad Smith will become fifth NCAA player to gain 3,000 yards both rushing and passing
36 UTEP 8-4 13
Junior QB Jordan Palmer, brother of 2002 Heisman winner Carson, completed 58.2% of passes for 2,818 yards and 26 TDs
37 BOSTON COLLEGE (21) 9-3 17
2004 Big East defensive player of the year is back: senior end Mathias Kiwanuka (111Ú2 sacks, 241Ú2 tackles for loss)
38 WASHINGTON STATE 5-6 17
6-foot 235-pound linebacker Will Derting, an All-Pac-10 selection, had 93 tackles as junior, including 14 against USC
39 MICHIGAN STATE 5-7 14
Junior quarterback Drew Stanton, who started seven games, emerged as dual threat with 1,601 passing yards and 824 rushing
40 WISCONSIN (17) 9-3 11
With Brian Calhoun, a Colorado transfer who rushed for 810 yards in '03, coach Barry Alvarez has shot at memorable final season
41 ALABAMA 6-6 12
Tide could roll behind senior Brodie Coyle, who was second in nation in passing, then missed eight games with torn ACL
42 WEST VIRGINIA 8-4 12
6'4", 280-pound All-Big East junior guard Dan Mozes (team-high 32 knockdowns) anchors an offense that lost eight starters
43 OREGON 5-6 15
Senior end Devan Long (7 1/2 sacks) and 338-pound junior tackle Haloti Ngata power Pac-10's second-ranked defense
44 NOTRE DAME 6-6 15
Welcome to South Bend, Charlie Weis: Irish open with four of first five games on road -- at Pitt, Michigan, Washington and Purdue
45 SOUTH CAROLINA 6-5 10
Game on: Florida comes to Columbia on Nov. 12 to face its former Ol' Ball Coach, offensive wizard Steve Spurrier
46 UAB 7-5 17
Blazers will ride arm of senior Darrell Hackney, who threw for 3,070 yards in '04 and has 49 TD passes in 30 games
47 MARYLAND 5-6 13
Behind senior LB D'Qwell Jackson (123 tackles), coach Ralph Friedgen looks to rebound from worst season in his four years with Terps
48 TOLEDO 9-4 16
Senior Bruce Gradkowski is only player in Division I-A history to complete at least 70% of his passes in more than one season
49 ARKANSAS 5-6 18
6'6", 224-pound wideout Marcus Monk showed star potential as freshman, catching 37 passes for six touchdowns
50 SOUTHERN MISS 7-5 15
All-America cornerback John Eubanks both gaineth (29.4 yards per kick return) and taketh away (nine pass breakups, three picks)
51 KANSAS STATE 4-7 14
After Wildcats' worst season since 1989, fleet Florida State transfer Thomas Clayton replaces Darren Sproles at tailback
52 CLEMSON 6-5 15
Senior cornerback Tye Hill, the 2004 ACC 100-meter champion, was third in nation in pass breakups (21)
53 MIAMI (OHIO) 8-5 15
All-MAC senior linebacker Terna Nande is fast (4.43 in the 40) and fierce (29 tackles for loss over past two seasons)
54 OKLAHOMA STATE 7-5 14
Cowboy up: Sophomore quarterback Donovan Woods will ride herd on new coach Mike Gundy's no-huddle, spread offense
55 NORTHWESTERN 6-6 11
Senior linebacker Tim McGarigle led nation with 81Ú2 solo tackles per game and ranked third in total tackles per game (12.6)
56 NEBRASKA 5-6 13
Can Bill Callahan win in Lincoln? Quarterback Zac Taylor, a juco transfer who had a terrific spring, is good fit for West Coast offense
57 MEMPHIS 8-4 13
Heisman voters, take note: Senior D'Angelo Williams (1,948 yards, 22 TDs) could be country's most explosive running back
58 MISSISSIPPI 4-7 12
New coach Ed Orgeron's 4-3 defense will showcase 6'2", 230-pound junior middle linebacker Patrick Willis (70 tackles, five sacks)
59 OREGON STATE 7-5 16
Junior Matt Moore, who started five games at UCLA in 2003, takes over for 3,000-yard passer Derek Anderson
60 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 9-3 14
With seven consecutive 100-yard games, junior tailback Garrett Wolfe (1,656 yards, 18 TDs) set Huskies record
61 NEW MEXICO 7-5 17
Senior running back DonTrell Moore can become sixth player in I-A history to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons
62 TCU 5-6 13
Horned Frogs are powered by fifth-year-senior passer with arm to match name -- Tye Gunn (career 58.3% completion rate)
63 NORTH TEXAS 7-5 11
Mean Green will be rushing machine with sophomore Jamario Thomas (1,801 yards) and senior Patrick Cobbs (1,680 yards in 2003)
64 LOUISIANA TECH 6-6 11
Senior linebacker Byron Santiago (84 tackles, including 71Ú2 for loss) was first-team All-WAC and has drawn raves from NFL scouts
65 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 5-6 17
Junior quarterback Clint Marks completed 70.4% of his passes but threw as many interceptions (14) as touchdown passes
66 COLORADO STATE 4-7 18
Rams have high hopes for junior running back Nnamdi Ohaeri, who played defensive back at UCLA before transferring in '04
67 KANSAS 4-7 15
Junior Charles Gordon is potent triple threat: He had seven interceptions and 15 catches and was Jayhawks' top punt returner
68 SYRACUSE 6-6 15
Senior Damien Rhodes (team-high 856 yards) will carry load after departure of All-Big East running back Walter Reyes
69 ILLINOIS 3-7 16
HireZook.com: Former Florida coach (23-14 with Gators) takes over team that's gone 1-15 in Big Ten over past two seasons
70 MISSISSIPPI STATE 3-8 18
Bulldogs will have bite with senior tailback Jerious Norwood, who rushed for 1,050 yards and seven touchdowns
71 ARIZONA 3-8 17
Wildcats making strides under second-year coach Mike Stoops, who has a stud in senior free safety Darnell Brooks (73 tackles)
72 NORTH CAROLINA 6-6 16
Tar Heels will be feeling blue with road games at Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami and Virginia Tech
73 WASHINGTON 1-10 19
New coach Tyrone Willingham gets a shot at his former employer when Huskies host Notre Dame on Sept. 24
74 STANFORD 4-7 18
Quarterback Trent Edwards, who has struggled to find consistency, should flourish in new coach Walt Harris's West Coast offense
75 BYU 5-6 13
Senior wideout Todd Watkins led the Mountain West with 1,042 receiving yards and had four TD receptions of at least 68 yards
76 HOUSTON 3-8 15
Cougars will be in good hands with senior Vincent Marshall, who caught 61 passes for 1,040 yards, tops among returnees in C-USA
77 NAVY (24) 10-2 6
New starter Lamar Owens, a senior, triggers triple-option offense that averaged 289.5 rushing yards, third best in nation
78 MARSHALL 6-6 7
Big shoes to fill: coach Larry Keuck takes over for retired Bob Pruett, who was 94-23 and had five bowl wins in nine years
79 TULANE 5-6 19
Senior left guard Matt Traina and his twin brother, senior center Joe (combined weight: 565 pounds), anchor line
80 CONNECTICUT 8-4 13
Matt Bonislawski, a junior, replaces most prolific passer in UConn history, Dan Orlovsky (10,076 career passing yards)
81 KENTUCKY 2-9 15
Here's something new offensive coordinator Joker Phillips doesn't find funny: Cats' 275.5 yards per game ranked 115th in nation
82 TROY 7-5 9
Top two returning tacklers (senior linebackers Leverne Johnson and Bernard Davis) must fill void left by first-round pick Demarcus Ware
83 SOUTH FLORIDA 4-7 18
Bulls will rush with senior Andre Hall, who ran for school-record 1,357 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per carry
84 KENT STATE 5-6 15
Senior linebacker Justin Parrish (6'2", 240) set a school record with 14 sacks and 171Ú2 tackles for loss
85 BAYLOR 3-8 13
All-America senior Daniel Sepulveda averaged a booming 46.0 yards per punt (42.5 net) in winning Ray Guy Award
86 WAKE FOREST 4-7 16
After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, senior tailback Chris Barclay needs 907 yards to become Deacons' alltime leading rusher
87 INDIANA 3-8 19
New coach Terry Hoeppner has little talent to work with and must overcome losing mentality: Hoosiers are 8-27 since '02
88 HAWAII 8-5 12
Juco transfer Colton Brennan and freshman Tyler Graunke are leading candidates to replace NCAA's alltime leading passer, Timmy Chang
89 NEVADA 5-7 15
Senior wideout Nichiren Flowers caught 91 passes, sixth best in nation, for 1,126 yards and six touchdowns
90 VANDERBILT 2-9 12
Holy Moses: All-SEC senior linebacker Moses Osemwegie (team-leading 94 tackles) has been godsend for struggling Commodores
91 UNLV 2-9 10
Rebels will build offense around 6'8", 255-pound senior tight end Greg Estandia, who has scouts drooling with his size and hands
92 SAN DIEGO STATE 4-7 21
Tailback Lynell Hamilton, the Mountain West's freshman of the year in 2003, is back after missing '04 with a broken ankle
93 OHIO 4-7 16
Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich returns to his native state, where he will try to lead Bobcats to third winning season since '82
94 TULSA 4-8 13
Senior tight end Garrett Mills (51 catches for 560 yards and two touchdowns) has caught a pass in 27 consecutive games
95 AIR FORCE 5-6 14
Shaun Carney became the first Falcons freshman to begin the season as a starting quarterback; he completed 61.1% of his passes
96 RUTGERS 4-7 16
Senior Ryan Hart's passing numbers (3,154 yards, 65.1% completion rate) are impressive; his record as a starter (10-20) is not
97 NEW MEXICO STATE 5-6 14
Former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme brings his pass-happy offense to Las Cruces; hands controls to juco transfer Royal Gill
98 DUKE 2-9 14
Second-year coach Ted Roof has installed run-oriented system to jump-start nation's worst offense (266.5 yards per game)
99 AKRON 6-5 14
Junior Luke Getsy will replace quarterback Charlie Frye, who set a school record with 11,049 career passing yards
100 CINCINNATI 7-5 8
Bearcats have a stud in junior tight end Brent Celek (eight TD receptions), but only two other starters return on offense
101 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 4-7 16
Mismatch of the year? Defensively challenged Ragin' Cajuns travel to second-ranked Texas for season opener on Sept. 3
102 ARMY 2-9 11
Senior Carlton Jones (1,269 rushing yards) will try to keep nation's worst defense (490.1 yards allowed per game) off field
103 RICE 3-8 11
Nation's top running attack (306.5 yards per game) needs junior tailback Thomas Lott to return to 2003 form (7.4 yards per carry)
104 TEMPLE 2-9 12
Senior Mike McGann, who started as a freshman and sophomore, takes over for the QB who replaced him in '04, Walter Washington
105 EAST CAROLINA 2-9 16
New coach Skip Holtz's first priority is to shore up a defense that allowed 39.9 points per game, third worst in nation
106 SAN JOSE STATE 2-9 14
Mighty mite senior running back Lamar Ferguson (5'5", 151 pounds) will play hide-and-seek behind O-line that averages 303 pounds
107 LOUISIANA-MONROE 5-6 18
Double trouble: Senior quarterback Steven Jyles was third in the Sun Belt in both passing (2,322 yards) and rushing (587)
108 EASTERN MICHIGAN 4-7 14
Junior kicker Andrew Wellock connected on 21 of 23 field goals and was runner-up for Lou Groza Award
109 WESTERN MICHIGAN 1-10 13
Does senior quarterback Ryan Cubit (1,887 passing yards) have job security? His dad, Bill, is head coach and offensive coordinator
110 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 4-7 14
Junior tailback Jerry Seymour (163.8 all-purpose yards per game) has rushed for 100 yards in 14 of his 20 career games
111 BALL STATE 2-9 19
MAC Daddy: Cardinals' hard-hitting junior strong safety Erik Keys (84 tackles) is best defensive back in conference
112 IDAHO 3-9 19
Running backs Jayson Bird and Rolly Lumbala combined for 1,473 yards and 14 touchdowns as freshmen last season
113 SMU 3-8 21
Mustangs' leading tackler in '03, senior linebacker D.D. Lee, returns after missing most of last year with elbow injury
114 UTAH STATE 3-8 13
Sophomore Kevin Robinson was No. 2 in nation in punt returns (22.5 yards per game) and ran two back for touchdowns
115 ARKANSAS STATE 3-8 12
Cornerback Tyrell Johnson had 94 tackles, including 11 against LSU, and was All-Sun Belt as freshman
116 CENTRAL FLORIDA 0-11 15
Not-so Golden Knights: Central Florida owns the nation's longest active losing streak (15 games) and opens at South Carolina
117 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 9-3 8
Opposing quarterbacks would be wise to avoid senior cornerback Willie Hughley (43 tackles, 11 pass breakups, six picks)
118 BUFFALO 2-9 17
Oct. 1 game at Western Michigan is Bulls' best shot to break 17-game road losing streak
119 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 3-7 18
Mr. Irrelevant Bowl: Golden Panthers host fellow I-A newcomer Florida Atlantic on Nov. 26 in season finale for both teams

Skinny (2004 stats unless otherwise indicated)

Issue date: August 15, 2005

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