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Posted: Tuesday August 07, 2001 10:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday August 07, 2001 2:51 PM

CNNSI.com's Preseason Top 25
College Sports Producer Stewart Mandel offers his rankings, including predicted 2001 record and losses:
No.  Team  Rec.  Losses 
1.  Florida  12-0  -- 
  Loaded at every position; need to sort out QB early 
2.  Texas  12-0  -- 
  Talent is undeniable; will pressure be too much? 
3.  Oklahoma  11-1  Texas 
  Still loaded, but it's darn tough to repeat 
4.  Miami  10-1  Florida St. 
  Bound to stumble somewhere in brutal slate 
5.  Oregon  10-1  UCLA 
  QB Harrington nearly lives up to Big Apple hype 
6.  Virginia Tech  10-1  Miami 
  QB only question for stacked Hokies 
7.  Florida St.  9-2  Clemson, Florida 
  A "rebuilding" year in Tallahassee 
8.  Tennessee  9-2  Florida, Notre Dame 
  QB Clausen should emerge as star 
9.  Nebraska  10-3  Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas (Big 12) 
  QB Crouch can't do it all himself 
10.  Georgia Tech  10-2  Florida State, N.C. State 
  Jackets come up just short at FSU 
11.  UCLA  9-2  Washington, Oregon St. 
  Bruins experienced, need to stay healthy 
12.  Washington  9-2  Miami, Oregon St. 
  Young Huskies gain momentum for '02 
13.  LSU  9-3  Tennessee, Florida (twice) 
  Saban wins West in 2nd year 
14.  Clemson  8-3  Georgia Tech, Maryland, South Carolina 
  QB Dantzler to make serious Heisman bid 
15.  Oregon St.  8-3  Fresno St., USC, Oregon 
  Beavers must reload on defense 
16.  South Carolina  8-3  Miss. St., Tennessee, Florida  
  Gamecocks prove no fluke 
17.  Northwestern  8-3  UNLV, Ohio St., Purdue 
  Can take advantage of "down" Big Ten 
18.  Kansas State  8-3  USC, Oklahoma, Nebraska 
  Trojans provide rare early test for KSU 
19.  Notre Dame  8-3  Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Stanford 
  Will QB LoVecchio last entire season? 
20.  Michigan  8-3  Washington, Michigan St., Wisconsin 
  Complete reloading on offense 
21.  Mississippi St.  8-3  Florida, LSU, Alabama 
  As QB Madkin goes, do goes MSU 
22.  Louisville  9-2  Illinois, East Carolina 
  QB Ragone to gain all sorts of national attention 
23.  UNLV  9-2  Arkansas, Colorado St. 
  Must survive brutal early schedule 
24.  Alabama  7-4  UCLA, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU 
  Franchione earns $$$ in tough debut season 
25.  Pittsburgh  8-3  Miami, Virginia Tech, W. Virginia 
  Superstar WR Bryant must keep head in game 

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