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College Football '98

Top 25 | The Master List | Conference Rankings

Division I-AA | Division II | Division III
  '97 Record '97 Rank* Returning Starters
1 McNeese State 13-2 6 14
Former LSU star running back Cecil (the Diesel) Collins adds fuel to high-octane Cowboys offense
2 Villanova 12-1 1 15
Quarterback Chris Boden threw for 3,079 yards and I-AA-best 36 touchdowns last season
3 Georgia Southern 10-3 8 15
Junior QB Greg Hill leads option attack that averaged 280.6 rushing yards per game in 1997
4 Montana 8-4 11 16
Recovered from knee injury, QB Brian Ah Yat should approach '96 numbers (3,615 yards, 42 TDs)
5 Delaware 12-2 3 12
Fightin' Blue Hens will have wing T running on all cylinders but must replace three star linebackers
6 Youngstown State 13-2 9 12
RBs Jake Andreadis and Adrian Brown combined for 1,365 yards and 24 TDs for 1997's I-AA champs
7 Hampton 10-2 7 15
Four starters return from offensive line that paved the way for 223.6 rushing yards per game in '97
8 Eastern Kentucky 8-4 15 14
Ex-UNLV QB Jon Denton joins WR Rondel Menendez (1,073 yards in '97) to form lethal aerial combo
9 Southern 11-1 12 14
Running back Steve Wofford (1,274 yards) was SWAC offensive player of the year in 1997
10 Northern Iowa 7-4 N.R. 15
Can All-America LB Matt Pedersen turn around a defense that gave up 30.8 points a game in '97?
11 William & Mary 7-4 N.R. 10
QB Mike Cook is 14-3 as a starter and has thrown at least one TD pass in each of his career starts
12 Northwestern State 8-4 17 14
Demon schedule features Missouri, McNeese State, Troy State and Stephen F. Austin
13 Western Illinois 11-2 2 11
Aaron Stecker (1,957 yards and 25 touchdowns last season) is the best running back in I-AA
14 Hofstra 9-3 14 15
Quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi completed 70.6% of his passes for 3,554 yards and 27 TDs in '97
15 Troy State 5-6 N.R. 16
Four returning starters, including 6' 6'', 300-pound tackle Cleve Roberts, anchor strong O-line
16 Western Kentucky 10-2 5 16
QB Willie Taggart leads a rushing attack that was I-AA's best in '97 (366.0 yards per game)
17 Eastern Washington 12-2 4 9
RB Mike MacKenzie will keep Eagles offense (a I-AA-best 505.6 yards per game last year) rolling
18 Stephen F. Austin 8-3 18 10
Top six rushers return for Lumberjacks, who must replace their entire defensive line
19 East Tennessee State 7-4 N.R. 14
Roadkill? Buccaneers face games at Miami, Mississippi State and Georgia Southern
20 Murray State 7-4 N.R. 14
Only three starters lost from defense that was second in I-AA last year (237.5 yards per game)
21 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-3 N.R. 16
Six-foot-six, 261-pound Slammin' Sam Simmons led SWAC in sacks with 10 1/2 last season
22 South Carolina State 9-3 19 17
Strong safety Jermaine Derricott had a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference-best 103 tackles in '97
23 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 10-1 16 11
Two 1,000-yard rushers—Antonio Warren (1,151) and Craig Young (1,038)—are back for the Mustangs
24 Dayton 9-1 23 8
Flyers have the highest winning percentage (.899) of any college football team in the past 10 years
25 Colgate 7-5 25 13
Junior QB Ryan Vena was Patriot League player of the year in each of his first two seasons

*In the Sports Network Division I-AA top 25 (at end of regular season)

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