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RANK TEAM (FINAL RANK) RECORD RETURNING STARTERS SCHEDULE STRENGTH
26 N.C. STATE 7-5 14 74
Senior safety Terrence Holt, brother of NFL wideout Torry Holt, averaged nearly 10 tackles a game
27 UTAH 8-4 15 75
Junior QB Lance Rice is the grandson of donor Bob Rice, whose name adorns Rice-Eccles Stadium
28 MICHIGAN STATE 7-5 16 66
QB Jeff Smoker fired 21 TD passes and just eight INTs last season as a sophomore
29 BOSTON COLLEGE (21) 8-4 18 76
With William Green opting for the NFL, the Eagles' four-year streak of 1,000-yard rushers will end
30 CLEMSON 7-5 16 16
Don't be surprised if junior QB Willie Simmons, successor to Woody Dantzler, throws for 3,000 yards
31 ALABAMA 7-5 12 9
The SEC's best rushing team (226.4 yards per game) has its top four ground gainers back
32. KANSAS STATE 6-6 12 69
Sophomore tackle Tank Reese (5'11", 280 pounds) was the Big 12's defensive newcomer of the year
33 ARKANSAS 7-5 13 41
The DWI suspension of All-America junior safety Ken Hamlin leaves the secondary hog-tied
34 TEXAS TECH 7-5 19 4
Senior Kliff Kinsgbury ranks among the nation's top five returning QBs in completions, yards and TDs
35 OREGON STATE 5-6 17 57
No preseason No. 1 this year, with sophomores replacing QB Jonathan Smith and RB Ken Simonton
36 BYU (25) 12-2 12 80
Junior QB Bret Engemann takes over an offense that had an NCAA-best 543 yards per game
37 WISCONSIN 5-7 13 23
Senior WR Lee Evans smashed David Boston's Big Ten receiving yards record last year, with 1,545
38 UCLA 7-4 13 2
Coach Bob Toledo, who's 17-17 over the past three seasons, is on the hottest of hot seats
39 NOTRE DAME 5-6 14 14
Ty Willingham's first five games: Maryland, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford. Good luck
40 IOWA 7-5 14 55
The Hawkeyes have lost four straight to in-state rival Iowa State; they get another shot on Sept. 14
41 PURDUE 6-6 17 51
Sophomore WR Taylor Stubblefield (73 catches, 910 yards) is questionable after a July 4 skull fracture
42 MISSISSIPPI 7-4 16 32
Eli Manning's second-year stats (2,948 yards, 31 TDs) look awfully close to Peyton's (2,954, 22)
43 STANFORD 9-3 10 13
Junior WR Luke Powell tops the Cardinal record book in yards per reception (22.3)
44 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 6-5 18 67
Can Derrick Nix return to the form that saw him rush for more than 1,000 yards in 1998 and '99?
45 PITTSBURGH 7-5 16 58
Following a 1-5 start, the Panthers won six straight, including a Tangerine Bowl victory over N.C. State
46 BOISE STATE 8-4 15 112
Senior S Quintin Mikell had 87 tackles in '01, junior RB David Mikell (no relation) 1,441 total yards
47 IOWA STATE 7-5 15 34
Seneca Wallace, the Big 12's top offensive newcomer in 2001, could be its best signal-caller
48 GEORGIA TECH (24) 8-5 16 25
QB A.J. Suggs, who started four games for Tennessee in 2000, takes over the offense
49 SYRACUSE (14) 10-3 10 40
The Orangemen lost nine starters on offense, though not speedy junior QB R.J. Anderson
50 COLORADO STATE 7-5 15 39
With RB Cecil Sapp healthy, Henri Childs (841 rushing yards) will see time at H-back
51 VIRGINIA 5-7 13 10
Groh as in throw: The Cavs tossed a school-record 451 passes in 2001, Al Groh's first season as coach
52 CINCINNATI 7-5 17 73
QB Gino Guidugli (2,573 yards, 16 TDs) was the first freshman to win Bearcats MVP honors
53 FRESNO STATE 11-3 17 77
Junior Jeff Grady, the successor to David Carr, has thrown just 23 career passes
54 MISSISSIPPI STATE 3-8 16 17
Senior LB Mario Haggan has had double-digit tackles in 13 of his 20 regular-season starts
55 LOUISIANA TECH 7-5 18 78
Junior QB Luke McCown has passed for 300 or more yards in 12 of his 19 games as a starter
56 CENTRAL FLORIDA 6-5 11 98
QB Ryan Schneider is ahead of Daunte Culpepper's two-season pace, with 5,257 yards and 38 TDs
57 BOWLING GREEN 8-3 14 116
Junior Josh Harris (1,022 passing yards) and senior Andy Sahm (1,326 yards) will see time at QB
58 WAKE FOREST 6-5 17 45
Defensive Demon: Senior end Calvin Pace has 19 sacks over the past two seasons
59 MEMPHIS 5-6 17 87
QB turned WR Travis Anglin, a 6'4" senior, caught five passes for 131 yards in the spring game
60 OKLAHOMA STATE 4-7 18 24
Junior WR Rashaun Woods led the Big 12 in receptions (80) and yards (1,023) as a sophomore
61 NEW MEXICO 6-5 15 82
Junior QB Casey Kelly started the final seven games of the season, leading the Lobos to a 5-2 finish
62 MISSOURI 4-7 14 7
All-Big 12 wideout (and Tigers b-baller) Justin Gage caught 74 passes last year as a junior
63 ARIZONA 5-6 17 20
Junior TB Clarence Farmer led the Pac-10 in rushing, with 1,229 yards (5.9 per carry)
64 HAWAII 9-3 15 110
QB Timmy Chang (medical redshirt in 2001) threw for 3,041 yards as a freshman in '00
65 NORTH CAROLINA 8-5 10 8
The Tar Heels are still looking for a force to replace '01 Lombardi winner Julius Peppers
66 MINNESOTA 4-7 16 56
Not-so-Golden Gophers start only one senior on defense, CB Mike Lehan
67 WEST VIRGINIA 3-8 17 28
Senior RB Avon Cobourne aims for a Mountaineers first: four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons
68 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 8-3 16 114
RB Dwone Hicks set school records for rushing TDs (20) and points (148) in 2001 as a junior
69 NORTHWESTERN 4-7 11 49
Sophomore Tony Stauss has the tough task of replacing record-setting QB Zak Kustok
70 EAST CAROLINA 6-6 14 83
All-Conference USA T Brian Rimpf held his own in games against Julius Peppers and Dwight Freeney

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Issue date: August 12, 2002

 


 
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