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The Master List

1 to 117: Our Rankings from Top to Bottom

1-50 | 51-117
The Master List
Rank Team (2000 Final Ranking) 2000 Record Returning Starters Schedule Strength
1 Oregon State (4) 11-1 11 45
Beavers, who were 1-10 in 1991 and haven't finished unbeaten since 1907, will end up smelling Roses
2 Florida (10) 10-3 18 15
Gator bait? Tennessee, Mississippi State and Florida State visit the Swamp this season
3 Miami (2) 11-1 16 36
Four of five starters are back on a mammoth offensive line that allowed only nine sacks last year
4 Texas (12) 9-3 17 48
Longhorns are one of only three I-A teams with two 1,000-yard passers on its roster
5 Oklahoma (1) 13-0 16 51
Lost amid the Josh Heupel hype: Wideout Antwone Savage caught 48 passes as a sophomore
6 Florida State (5) 11-2 10 14
The Seminoles have not lost at home since 1991 ("Wide Right I" vs. Miami), a streak of 52 games
7 Oregon (7) 10-2 12 2
J.C. transfer Maurice Morris set a school record for first-year rushers with 1,118 yards last season
8 Nebraska (8) 10-2 14 53
Tight end Tracey Wistrom, little brother of former All-America DE Grant, is Eric Crouch's No. 1 target
9 Tennessee 8-4 17 9
John Henderson, likely the draft's first pick, had 12 of Tennessee's school-record 50 sacks in 2000
10 Virginia Tech (6) 11-1 17 58
Sure-handed Hokie: Junior running back Lee Suggs did not fumble in 222 carries last fall
11 Georgia Tech (17) 9-3 18 55
Senior WR Kelly Campbell needs 27 receptions and 93 yards to become Tech's career leader in both
12 Northwestern 8-4 17 50
WR Jon Schweighardt is the lone new starter for the nation's third-best offense (475.6 yards per game)
13 LSU (22) 8-4 20 41
Senior Rohan Davey threw seven touchdown passes and one interception in 59 attempts last year
14 Michigan (11) 9-3 13 24
WR Marquise Walker starts his senior season having caught at least one pass in 24 straight games
15 Kansas State (9) 11-3 11 38
Senior wideout Aaron Lockett had a Division I-best 22.8 yards per punt return last season
16 Washington (3) 11-1 12 17
Sophomore QB Cody Pickett (1 of 2 for 12 yards in 2000) takes over for Marques Tuiasosopo
17 Wisconsin (23) 9-4 10 39
The top three RBs (Anthony Davis, Tyrone Griffin and Jerone Pettus) have zero college carries
18 Notre Dame (15) 9-3 15 6
Sophomore QB Matt LoVecchio started the Irish's final eight games and went 7-1
19 South Carolina (19) 8-4 18 29
From 0-11 in 1999 to 8-4 in 2000, Holtz's Heroes lost only 15 lettermen, the fewest in the SEC
20 Clemson (16) 9-3 11 64
Will Woodrow Dantzler be the first college player to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in one year?
21 Texas A&M 7-5 12 42
The Aggies have their own Chris Sims, a touted redshirt freshman who takes over as placekicker
22 Mississippi State (24) 8-4 13 40
Senior Pig Prather, who converted from running back in '99, takes over the "dog" safety spot on defense
23 UCLA 6-6 17 5
A healthy Kenyon Coleman at DE will help the Bruins improve their 88th overall ranking against the run
24 East Carolina 8-4 16 81
A loaded defense welcomes back nine starters, including senior linebacker Pernell Griffin (87 tackles)
25 UNLV 8-5 15 57
Don't be surprised if Jason Thomas (52.7% completion percentage, 14 TD passes) makes a Heisman run
26 Georgia (20) 8-4 15 44
The Dawgs have lost three in a row to Georgia Tech (worst since an eight-loss streak from 1949 to '56)
27 Colorado 3-8 21 18
Stampede: The players who produced 3,953 of the Buffaloes' 3,982 total yards (99.3%) are back
28 Pittsburgh 7-5 17 52
WR Antonio Bryant (130.2-yard average) was the first Panther in 25 years to lead a national stat category
29 USC 5-7 16 1
The conference's best offense (415.9 yards per game last fall) has eight starters back
30 Alabama 3-8 16 4
Senior Freddie Milons (a disappointing 32 catches in 2000) will have opponents seeing Crimson in 2001
31 Ohio State 8-4 13 11
John Cooper was 2-10-1 against Michigan; new coach Jim Tressell gets his first shot on Nov. 24
32 Purdue (13) 8-4 17 26
Coach Joe Tiller hopes redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Hance finds the spread offense a Brees
33 Colorado State (14) 10-2 14 65
Jason and Justin Gallimore, I-A's only identical twins, each scored a defensive TD vs. Wyoming last year
34 Louisville 9-3 17 80
Zek Parker has six kickoff returns of 60 or more yards in his three years with the Cardinals
35 N.C. State 8-4 14 59
LB Levar Fisher, the reigning ACC defensive player of the year, had a nation-best 166 tackles in 2000
36 Michigan State 5-6 14 31
The Big Ten's best backfield is paced by 249-pound T.J. Duckett and Little John Flowers
37 Fresno State 7-5 19 79
A 15-game home winning streak (third-best in I-A) faces a stern test vs. Oregon State on Sept. 1
38 BYU 6-6 14 83
Brandon Doman is the first Cougar since Steve Young to throw for 300 yards and run for 50 in one game
39 Southern Miss 8-4 20 56
The nation's No. 2 defense (268.2 yards per game) lost seven starters but still has SS Chad Williams
40 Penn State 5-7 12 2
Facing four tough teams early, Joe Pa may not get win No. 325 (and pass the Bear) till October
41 Syracuse 6-5 14 16
Senior DE Dwight Freeney led the Big East with 13 sacks in 2000 despite missing the final four games
42 Stanford 5-6 18 20
Senior safety Tank Williams, as his name suggests, is the big hitter for the Cardinal defense
43 Marshall 8-5 13 106
Junior Byron Leftwich's nine interceptions were the fewest among QBs with 400 attempts
44 Arizona State 6-6 18 30
DE Terrell Suggs was the second Sun Devil to start the first game of his career as a freshman
45 Texas Tech 7-6 12 22
Air Raid: Red Raiders junior Kliff Kingsburry threw 584 passes in 2000, tops in the nation
46 Boston College 7-5 15 35
DE Antonio Garay (294 pounds) earned All-America honors at the 2001 NCAA wrestling championships
47 Virginia 6-6 13 33
Senior Antwoine Womack (1,028 yards) was Virginia's third ACC rushing leader in as many seasons
48 San Diego State 3-8 20 82
Big-play wide receiver Derrick Lewis averaged 25.2 yards per catch in 2000
49 Illinois 5-6 13 12
Senior Kurt Kittner has thrown 42 TD passes and 13 interceptions over the past two years
50 UAB 7-4 18 84
Nicknamed the Steel Shield, the defense has 10 starters back, led by senior end Bryan Thomas (10 sacks)

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Issue date: August 13, 2001


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