Weakest Schedule: North Carolina. This season the Tar Heels' non-conference opponents were Army, Navy and Furman. Next year their nonconference foes will be Tulane, UTEP and Ohio, whose combined record is 4-28.
Worst Prediction: Kansas coach Glen Mason's advice to Republicans after his team scored 29 unanswered points to pull out a 50-47 win over Iowa State on Oct. 17: "They aren't out of it yet. If we can come back, Bush can come back from whatever deficit he has against Clinton."
Coaches Most Likely to Move to Bigger Programs: Boston College's Tom Coughlin, Bowling Green's Gary Blackney, Kansas's Mason, Northwestern's Gary Barnett and Samford's Terry Bowden.
Animal of the Year: Wild Willie, the steer that Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill had castrated on the practice field in a reprehensible attempt to motivate his team before it faced Texas. Wild Willie was purchased by animal lovers who saved him from the slaughterhouse and turned him out to pasture. Wild Willie's saviors were Ole Miss fans.
Top Pro Prospect: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the Pac-10's best quarterback since John Elway. Although he was playing on a snow-covered field in Arctic winds last Saturday, Bledsoe was nearly perfect in directing the Cougars to a 42-23 upset of Washington.
Most Underrated Player: Arizona junior noseguard Rob Waldrop, whose 10 sacks are only the most obvious reason he is this year's Steve Emtman.
Best Offense: New Haven. In Division II the Chargers and their pro-style attack scored 50.5 points per game.
Best Defense: Alabama. The Crimson Tide is holding opponents to 8.8 points and 187.4 yards a game.
Best Name: Hunter Hunter Hunter, a freshman guard at Baylor. Then there's Reggie Shepherd, whose high school coach, Fred Shepherd, shepherded Shepherd to Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W. Va.