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The Master List

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The Master List
Rank Team (Final '99 AP Top 25 Rank) '99
Record
Returning
Starters
Schedule
Strength
51 Kentucky 6-6 14 35
QB Dusty Bonner led SEC in six categories last year but transferred after losing job to Jared Lorenzen
52 Pittsburgh 5-6 16 61
Safety Ramon Walker, a.k.a. the Quiet Storm, had a thunderous 131 tackles as a freshman
53 Indiana 4-7 16 10
If coach Cam Cameron can get the Hoosiers to a bowl game, he should be knighted
54 Iowa State 4-7 20 40
For the first time since '93, there won't be a Davis (Troy or Darren) carrying the ball in Ames
55 Auburn 5-6 15 14
Nation's third-worst rushing attack hopes that juco transfer Rudi Johnson is the answer at tailback
56 Wyoming 7-4 11 79
Jay Stoner needs 1,824 passing yards to become school's alltime leader
57 Texas Tech 6-5 12 76
Stellar backs Ricky and Shaud Williams will help new coach Mike Leach hit the ground running
58 UNLV 3-8 17 73
With USC transfer Jason Thomas at QB, this might finally be a Vegas show worth catching
59 Kansas 5-7 18 34
Safety Carl (the Butcher) Nesmith beefs up secondary and special teams (23 yards per kickoff return)
60 N.C. State 6-6 14 44
New coach Chuck Amato has brought in revered offensive guru Norm Chow to revamp the attack
61 Vanderbilt 5-6 17 13
Linebacker Jamie Winborn led the SEC in tackles in his first two seasons
62 Oklahoma State 5-6 12 47
Barry Sanders's alma mater failed to produce a 100-yard rusher in a game last season
63 Boise State 10-3 14 114
Cornerback Dempsy Dees led the Big West in interceptions in '98 and '99
64 Houston 7-4 11 53
A top-notch Cougars receiving corps is led by senior Orlando Iglesias (59 catches last fall)
65 Missouri 4-7 17 18
Butkus candidate Justin Smith isn't enough for D that allowed 154 points in last three games of '99
66 Louisiana Tech 8-3 11 90
At QB, Brian Stallworth replaces Tim Rattay, who led nation in total offense the past three seasons
67 Wake Forest 7-5 6 45
Defense was hit hard by graduation, but end Bryan Ray (26 career tackles for losses) is back
68 Louisville 7-5 13 89
Jackson Five: Arnold Jackson has caught at least five passes in 24 consecutive games
69 West Virginia 4-7 14 32
Avon Cobourne was the country's top freshman runner last year, with 1,139 yards
70 Cincinnati 3-8 20 66
Ten starters are back for an offense that amassed a school-record 424 yards per game in '99
71 Miami (Ohio) 7-4 12 97
Red Hawks have lost a total of only three fumbles in the last two seasons
72 Memphis 5-6 16 72
Tigers' 1999 record is deceptive: Four losses were by a combined eight points
73 South Carolina 0-11 13 11
Gamecocks enter 2000 with the nation's longest losing streak (21 games)
74 Akron 7-4 14 106
Zips attack is led by '99 MAC Freshman of the Year, Brandon Payne (845 rushing yards)
75 Toledo 6-5 20 112
Tailback Chester Taylor averaged 6.5 yards per carry last season, second-best in the nation
76 Cal 4-7 15 6
Defensive end Andre Carter, son of former Broncos star Rubin, is a Bear to block
77 Northern Illinois 5-6 16 113
Cornerback Benji (the Flea) Peacock is a major pest: 15 pass deflections in 17 career games
78 Iowa 1-10 13 5
Hawkeyes' run defense (246.9 yards per game) was the worst in Division I last season
79 Air Force 6-5 7 82
Falcons prefer ground (285.5 yards per game in '99) to air (113.9 yards per game)
80 Tulane 3-8 20 70
J.P. Losman, a transfer from UCLA, will challenge Patrick Ramsey (3,410 passing yards in '99)
81 SMU 4-6 19 87
Catch this: Sophomores Chris Cunningham and Cody Cardwell are a wideout duo worth watching
82 UTEP 5-7 16 77
Brian Natkin (59 catches, 648 yards in '99) is the nation's top tight end
83 Central Florida 4-7 14 93
Offensive tackle Patrick Jenrette (6'8", 380 pounds) is Golden Knights' largest player
84 Navy 5-7 10 78
Midshipmen need to be better in close games; lost six by a touchdown or less in '99
85 New Mexico State 6-5 13 102
Juco transfer Robert Canidate, little bro of former Arizona star Trung, could make a big impact
86 Northwestern 3-8 19 7
Cornerback Harold Blackmon set a school record with 17 pass breakups last season
87 Washington State 3-9 13 26
Twin Peaks: The Raymond Twins, seniors Ryan and Reed, anchor strong Cougars line
88 New Mexico 4-7 14 68
Loaded in the backfield with Holmon Wiggins (601 yards in '99) and Jarrod Baxter (434 yards)
89 UAB 5-6 15 92
The best option in the Blazers' improved option attack is Percy Coleman (5.6 yards per carry)
90 Duke 3-8 11 8
6'5" freshman wideout Jeremy Battier, younger brother of hoops star Shane, has serious game
91 Idaho 7-4 18 98
With a healthy John Welsh at QB, the Vandals have a shot at second Big West title in three years
92 Rice 5-6 17 64
The Owls passed for 602 yards in '99; Drew Brees threw for that by his third game
93 San Diego State 5-6 10 22
Inexperience on defense will leave Aztecs in ruins for 2000
94 Temple 2-9 14 65
Sophomore tackle Dan Klecko (son of former Jets star Joe) led Owls with eight sacks in '99
95 Baylor 1-10 13 41
Bears counting on juco transfer Greg Cicero to jump-start the nation's second-worst offense
96 Ohio 5-6 16 100
Dontrell Jackson, the nation's only true freshman QB starter last season, leads the Bobcats
97 Army 3-8 12 84
The air force comes to Army as new coach Todd Berry shelves option for three-wideout spread
98 Western Michigan 7-5 16 103
New QB Jeff Welsh has huge shoes to fill with departure of record-setting Tim Lester
99 Rutgers 1-10 9 71
Scarlet Knights hope new 3-4 scheme will upgrade the country's 105th-ranked total defense
100 San Jose State 3-7 12 50
Diminutive (5'6") running back Deonce Whitaker (1,303 total yards in '99) puts up big numbers
101 Central Michigan 4-7 15 96
Safety Brian Leigeb needs 101 tackles to become school's alltime leader
102 Utah State 4-7 11 95
Graduation of alltime leading rusher Demario Brown (4,053 yards) will be tough to overcome
103 Tulsa 2-9 14 83
Josh Blankenship, '99 WAC Freshman of the Year, must improve TD-INT ratio (7:15)
104 Bowling Green 5-6 15 88
Kurt Gerling (53 catches for 775 yards in '99) has caught a pass in 22 consecutive games
105 Nevada 3-8 6 58
Quarterback David Neill was fourth in the nation in total offense (328.3 yards per game) in '99
106 Arkansas State 4-7 14 86
Wideout Robert Kilow (1,383 all-purpose yards in '99) is Big West's most lethal multiple threat
107 Eastern Michigan 4-7 16 110
Quarterback Walter Church and wideout Kenny Christian form a heavenly connection
108 Louisiana-Monroe 5-6 15 105
Three Division I-AA teams on schedule assure the Indians of a few victories
109 North Texas 2-9 12 101
The meanest of the Mean Green is linebacker Brad Kassell (112 tackles last year)
110 Kent 2-9 16 99
Zach Williams is adequate replacement for the departed Jose Davis, school's alltime passing leader
111 Ball State 0-11 14 104
Cardinals, 1-21 over past two seasons, open at Florida in year's second-worst mismatch
112 Middle Tennessee St. 3-8 17 91
Blue Raiders, two years removed from Division I-A, play at Florida in Week 2 in year's worst mismatch
113 Louisiana-Lafayette 2-9 18 111
Only Rutgers, Buffalo and Nevada allowed more points than the Ragin' Cajuns last season
114 Connecticut 4-7 15 115
Good news: Defending women's basketball champion Huskies start practice on Oct. 15
115 Buffalo 0-11 12 108
Buffalo hosts Connecticut on Sept. 16 in college football's Mr. Irrelevant Game

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