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Rank Team (Final Rank) 2002 Record Returning Starters
26 PURDUE 7-6 19
Senior FS Stuart Schweigert has 13 career INTs, two more than Boilermakers great Rod Woodson
27 COLORADO STATE 10-4 15
Bradlee Van Pelt, son of former NFL LB Brad, is MWC's best quarterback (206.6 yards per game total offense)
28 TCU (23) 10-2 11
Entire front four back from top-ranked defense that held opponents to 240.2 yards a game
29 FRESNO STATE 9-5 16
Sophomore QB Paul Pinegar (2,929 passing yards, 20 TDs) could be next David Carr
30 ALABAMA (11) 10-3 16
Senior TB Shaud Williams and sophomore QB Brodie Croyle are new coach Mike Shula's top weapons
31 MINNESOTA 8-5 17
Gophers should go bowling, with home games against Michigan and Wisconsin, and no Ohio State on schedule
32 NEBRASKA 7-7 15
Huskers will need better performance from erratic senior QB Jammal Lord (12 TD passes, 12 INTs)
33 UCLA 8-5 14
Former Denver Broncos wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell (age 39) brings new energy to Westwood
34 FLORIDA 8-5 9
Wide-open race among three candidates to succeed Rex Grossman at quarterback
35 OREGON STATE 8-5 17
Junior TB Steven Jackson was busy Beaver, rushing for school-record 1,690 yards last season
36 MISSISSIPPI 7-6 17
Eli Manning can throw to superior set of wideouts in senior Chris Collins (55 receptions) and junior Bill Flowers (53)
37 COLORADO (20) 9-5 11
Olympic skier and sophomore WR Jeremy Bloom is punt-return mogul: 15.0 yard average, 2 TDs
38 MISSOURI 5-7 17
Sophomore QB Brad Smith (3,362 total yards) leads group of nine returning starters on offense
39 IOWA (8) 11-2 12
Junior-college transfer Nathan Chandler takes over at QB for Heisman runner-up Brad Banks
40 ARKANSAS 9-5 19
Injury-plagued fifth-year TB Cedric Cobbs hopes to fulfill promise of '99, when he was Hogs' best-ever freshman rusher
41 WEST VIRGINIA (25) 9-4 10
Junior Rasheed Marshall's 666 rushing yards broke Big East QB mark Michael Vick set at Virginia Tech
42 MIAMI (OHIO) 7-5 12
RedHawks are touting junior QB Ben Roethlisberger (3,238 passing yards, 22 TDs ) for Heisman
43 WASHINGTON STATE (10) 10-3 14
Junior wideout Devard Darling (54 receptions, 11 TDs) has surest hands in Pac-10
44 NEW MEXICO 7-7 19
Hope to build on success of RB DonTrell Moore (1,134 yards, 13 TDs), Mountain West Freshman of the Year
45 MARSHALL (24) 11-2 12
Junior QB Stan Hill (52 of 83, 536 yards) has big shoes to fill, taking over for departed Byron Leftwich
46 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 8-4 14
Senior TB Michael (the Burner) Turner set MAC ablaze with conference-record 1,915 rushing yards
47 AIR FORCE 8-5 17
Senior QB Chance Harridge is fifth Cadet to both rush and pass for 1,000 yards in same season
48 CLEMSON 7-6 14
CB Justin Miller led ACC with eight INTs and school-record 35.1 yards per punt return last year as freshman
49 SOUTH FLORIDA 9-2 15
Automatica III? Junior PK Santiago Gramatica -- younger brother of NFL's Martin and Bill -- hit 16 of 21 field goals
50 HAWAII 10-4 14
Junior QB Timmy Chang aims for Hawaii Five-O00 -- as in 5,000 passing yards -- after monster season (349 of 624, 4,474 yards)
51 TULANE 8-5 12
Wave's offense led by QB J.P. Losman (2,468 yards passing) and RB Mewelde Moore (1,138 rushing)
52 GEORGIA TECH 7-6 12
Senior DE Greg Gathers (school-best 31 career sacks) returns after missing '02 with kidney disorder
53 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 7-6 15
Thorpe Award semifinalist Etric Pruitt (139 tackles) provides senior leadership at free safety
54 SOUTH CAROLINA 5-7 9
Gamecocks will shift from 3-3-5 alignment to four-man front under new defensive coordinator Chris Cosh
55 MICHIGAN STATE 4-8 16
New coach John L. Smith led Louisville to five consecutive bowl games
56 CINCINNATI 7-7 10
Junior QB Gino Guidugli set Bearcats marks for attempts (472), completions (258) and yards (3,543)
57 CENTRAL FLORIDA 7-5 10
Senior QB Ryan Schneider (3,770 yards, 31 TDs ) should surpass Daunte Culpepper's career marks
58 NORTH CAROLINA 3-9 15
All-ACC FS Dexter Reid was second in nation with 13.8 tackles per game as junior
59 ILLINOIS 5-7 14
Senior FB Carey Davis is Illini's leading returning rusher (319 yards) and receiver (201 yards)
60 CALIFORNIA 7-5 9
Cal was golden last season, but having just two starters back on defense could make for more bearish year
61 BOISE STATE (15) 12-1 10
Nation's best offense in '02 has senior QB Ryan Dinwiddie (20 TDs, 3 INTs) back but little else
62 BYU 5-7 18
Bring the Payne could be special teams' rallying call as junior punter Matt Payne led nation with 47.6-yard average
63 BOSTON COLLEGE 9-4 12
Senior TB Derrick Knight (1,432 yards) should give Eagles sixth straight year with 1,000-yard rusher
64 IOWA STATE 7-7 16
Senior WR Lane Danielson led Cyclones with 63 catches for 1,073 yards
65 NORTH TEXAS 8-5 14
Senior LB Brandon Kennedy, the Sun Belt MVP, had 24 tackles for loss (second in nation), team-best nine sacks
66 BOWLING GREEN 9-3 14
New coach Gregg Brandon has two-way threat in senior QB Josh Harris (2,425 yards passing, 737 rushing)
67 KENTUCKY 7-5 12
Jumbo-sized (6'4", 260 pounds) senior QB Jared Lorenzen also had big-time stats (24 TDs, only five INTs)
68 MISSISSIPPI STATE 3-9 15
Coach Jackie Sherrill, now in his 12th season, has gone 6-17 in past two years
69 LOUISVILLE 7-6 14
Junior QB Stefan LeFors (49 yards) replaces three-time C-USA Player of the Year, Dave Ragone
70 SYRACUSE 4-8 13
Coach Paul Pasqualoni had first losing season in 12 years -- Orange fans unlikely to accept repeat

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Issue date: August 11, 2003

 


 
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