Best Offensive Line:
Michigan's line coaches have developed a hunch of bruising tackles, from Dan Dierdorf in '70 (left, 72) to dreg Skrepenak last season, and a lot of bruising guards in between.
Miami fills its coaching vacancies ?without missing a beat. Its last three hires, Howard Schnellenberger, jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson, have each copped a national title.
Best Postgame Tradition:
The Walk from Williams celebrates a homecoming victory in Williamstown, Mass., where players and fans stroll down Spring Street to St. Pierre's Barber Shop for some hair trimming, harmonizing and bell-raising.
Lions and Tigers and Bears and Bulldogs are ubiquitous, but we are certain that UC Santa Cruz has sole claim to the Fightin' Banana Slugs.
It's Alabama, bauds down, from Lee Roy Jordan way back in the '60s to three of the fiercest defenders in recent times: Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas and Keith McCants (86).