College Football Preview - 2002 College Football


How did a sport once dominated by the same few teams year in and year out become the domain of everyone from Kansas State to Fresno State?'s Stewart Mandel examines the state of college football in its age of parity, where the criteria for an upset becomes murkier by the day.

Special Feature: Ten Upsets that Shook 2001
Maisel: Ten biggest upsets of all-time
Blue Ribbon Previews: Teams | Conferences

Sports Illustrated's Preview
• SI Top 25: OU takes No. 1 spot
• Photo Gallery: Oklahoma defense
• King: Timeout with Tommie Harris
• Maisel: Preseason Heisman Watch

Miami back on top of AP preseason poll | Poll
Coaches vote Miami preseason No. 1 | Poll


The X-Factors
Six players who could make a difference in 2002.

Conference previews
ACC: Can the 'Noles be beastly again?
Big East: Miami is well-equipped for the title
Big Ten: Conference on a quest for respect
Big 12: OU-UT rivalry reaches fever pitch
Pac-10: Cougars headline surprise party
SEC: Without Spurrier, is power up for grabs?

Season at a Glance
This is Chris Simms' last chance in Austin.

Bowl Projections
Stewart Mandel's predictions for all 28 bowls.

Position-by-Position Rankings
Stewart Mandel lists the leaders at every spot.

Newcomers to Watch
Ten freshmen and juco transfers ready to pounce.

Week-by-Week Viewers' Guide
Tips on what to watch all season long.


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2001-02 bowl season
Cane whuppin': Miami proves worthy

2001 Preview: A Break from Tradition?
A tour of traditions across the country

2000 Preview: The New Century
An interactive timeline


Ivan Maisel: Inside College Football
Eli Manning is an on-field clone of his older brother.

Ivan Maisel: Inside College Football
Led by Chris Rix, FSU is again the ACC's top dog.

Stewart Mandel: Offseason Beat
Where have all the star running backs gone?

Stewart Mandel: Offseason Beat
Predicting the surprise teams for 2002.


2002 information
TV schedule | Bowl schedule | Coaching changes

Preseason media polls
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-10 | SEC

Which current Miami player is the best pro prospect?

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* Trying to restore the roar
Penn State's Joe Paterno has already identified one problem area in the Nittany Lions' offense.
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