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January 24, 1994
"For a few wonderful months, the 'refuse to lose' attitude of these women made this small New England state forget even Ben and Jerry."
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SI PRESEASON RANK & TEAM

projected record

actual record

1. FLORIDA STATE

12-0

11-1

2. MICHIGAN

10-1

7-4

3. FLORIDA

10-1

9-2

4. ALABAMA

10-1

8-2-1

5. COLORADO

10-1

7-3-1

6. MIAMI

9-2

9-2

7. SYRACUSE

10-1

6-4-1

8. TENNESSEE

10-1

9-1-1

9. WASHINGTON

10-1

7-4

10. FRESNO STATE

10-1

8-3

11. NOTRE DAME

8-3

10-1

12. ARIZONA

9-2

9-2

13a. NEBRASKA

10-1

11-0

13b.TEXAS A&M

10-1

10-1

15. STANFORD

7-4

4-7

16. PENN STATE

9-2

9-2

17. BOSTON COLLEGE

8-3

8-3

18. OKLAHOMA

9-2

8-3

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]19. GEORGIA

9-2

5-6

20. SOUTHERN CAL

9-3

7-5

21. BRIGHAM YOUNG

9-2

6-5

22. WISCONSIN

8-3

9-1-1

23. WEST VIRGINIA

8-3

11-6

24. NORTH CAROLINA

8-4

10-2

25. NORTH CAROLINA STATE

8-3

7-4

26. IOWA

9-2

6-5

27. ARIZONA STATE

7-4

6-5

28. GEORGIA TECH

7-4

5-6

29. MISSISSIPPI

8-3

5-6

30. OHIO STATE

6-5

9-1-1

31. UCLA

6-5

8-3

32. SAN DIEGO STATE

9-3

6-6

33. TEXAS "

5-6

5-5-1

34. LOUISVILLE

7-4

8-3

35. CLEMSON

8-3

8-3

36. BAYLOR

7-4

5-6

37. SOUTH CAROLINA

7-4

4-7

38. MICHIGAN STATE

6-5

6-5

39. KANSAS

7-5

5-7

40. MEMPHIS STATE

6-5

6-5

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]41. OKLAHOMA STATE

7-4

3-8

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]42. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

7-4

2-8-1

43. OREGON

6-5

5-6

44. MISSISSIPPI STATE

7-4

3-6-2

45. RICE

7-4

6-5

[BIGGEST SURPRISES]46. AUBURN

4-7

11-0

47. ARKANSAS

5-6

5-5-1

48. NEVADA

8-3

7-4

49. HAWAII

9-3

6-6

50. LOUISIANA STATE

3-8

5-6

[BIGGEST SURPRISES]51. KANSAS STATE

4-7

8-2-1

52. WASHINGTON STATE

3-8

5-6

53. CALIFORNIA

4-8

8-4

54. VIRGINIA

6-5

7-4

55. RUTGERS

6-5

4-7

56. UTAH

8-4

7-5

57. TEXAS TECH

7-4

6-5

58. MISSOURI

2-9

3-7-1

59. MARYLAND

3-8

2-9

60. MINNESOTA

4-7

4-7

61. ILLINOIS

5-6

5-6

62. AIR FORCE

6-6

4-8

63. IOWA STATE

3-8

3-8

64. INDIANA

4-7

8-3

65. UTAH STATE

6-5

6-5

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]66. SAN JOSE STATE

7-4

2-9

67. WYOMING

4-7

8-3

68. COLORADO STATE

4-7

5-6

69. HOUSTON

4-7

1-9-1

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]70. CENTRAL MICHIGAN

9-2

5-6

71- EAST CAROLINA

4-7

2-9

72. NORTHWESTERN

3-8

2-9

73. WAKE FOREST

1-10

2-9

74. TULSA

2-9

4-6-1

75. AKRON

7-4

5-6

76. CINCINNATI

4-7

8-3

77. NEW MEXICO STATE

5-6

5-6

78. PURDUE

1-10

1-10

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]79. TOLEDO

8-3

4-7

80. KENTUCKY

4-7

6-5

81. BOWLING GREEN

8-3

6-3-2

82. VANDERBILT

3-8

4-7

[BIGGEST SURPRISES]83. VIRGINIA TECH

3-8

8-3

84. MIAMI (OHIO)

7-4

4-7

85. NEW MEXICO

3-8

6-5

86. ARMY

6-5

6-5

87. NORTHERN ILLINOIS

4-7

4-7

88. OREGON STATE

1-10

4-7

89. TEMPLE

2-9

1-10

90. WESTERN MICHIGAN

4-7

7-3-1

91. TCU

3-8

4-7

92. DUKE

2-9

3-8

93. UNLV

3-8

3-8

94. LOUISIANA TECH

2-9

2-9

95. PACIFIC

3-8

3-8

96. NAVY

3-8

4-7

97. TULANE

2-10

3-9

[BIGGEST SURPRISES]98. BALL STATE

4-7

8-2-1

99. UTEP

1-11

1-11

100. EASTERN MICHIGAN

1-10

4-7

101. PITTSBURGH

2-9

3-8

102. OHIO U.

1-10

4-7

103. SMU

1-10

2-7-2

104. KENT STATE

1-10

0-11

[BIGGEST SURPRISES]105. SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA

2-9

8-3

106. ARKANSAS STATE

1-10

2-8-1

[BIGGEST SURPRISES]BIGGEST SURPRISES
Auburn, 4-7 to 11-0; Southwestern Louisiana, 2-9 to 8-3; Virginia Tech, 3-8 to 8-3; Kansas State, 4-7 to 8-2-1; Ball State, 4-7 to 8-2-1

[BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS]BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS
San Jose State, 7-4 to 2-9; Southern Miss., 7-4 to 2-8-1; Georgia, 9-2 to 5-6; Oklahoma State, 7-4 to 3-8; Central Michigan, 9-2 to 5-6; Toledo, 8-3 to 4-7

"For a few wonderful months, the 'refuse to lose' attitude of these women made this small New England state forget even Ben and Jerry."

Right and Wrong
I thoroughly enjoyed your list of 93 Things That Went Right in '93 (Dec. 27-Jan. 3), but you omitted one of the top plays of the year. David Gordon's field goal for Boston College, as time ran out, secured the Eagles a 41-39 upset of previously undefeated Notre Dame.
ROGER KATZ, West Hartford, Conn.

How could you have left out George Brett's game-tying single in his final at bat for the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium? The image of Brett kissing home plate after the game was a picture-perfect close to his thrilling career and left not a dry eye in the stadium.
KEVIN GREIM, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Winning two World Series in a row is not easy to do, yet you had no item commemorating the Blue Jays' victory or Joe Carter's dramatic ninth-inning home run that ended the '93 Series.
ROBERT P. PASCHKA, Buffalo, N.Y.

I know that your space was limited, but with 93 opportunities you might have mentioned the remarkable feats of two 16-year-olds, world gymnastics champion Shannon Miller and world figure skating champion Oksana Baiul. Miller was undefeated all year, and Baiul, a Ukrainian, is one of the youngest skating world champions ever. I would think that these accomplishments might rank slightly higher than Charlie Brown's first home run.
KATHY NIMMER, Munster, Ind.

The Chicago Bulls win their third consecutive NBA championship, yet the wise minds at SI do not place that amazing feat among the year's 93 finest moments?
STEVE METSCH, Brookfield, Ill.

You didn't know that Nigel Mansell made history in '93 by becoming the first driver to win Formula One and Indy Car championships in consecutive years?
MARTIN G. WARD, Gahanna, Ohio

Before the 1992-93 season, the record for consecutive regular-season victories in Division I women's college basketball was 49, set by Butler from 1978 to '81. On Feb. 25, 1993, Vermont toppled that mark, winning its 50th straight game by defeating Northeastern 50-40. For a few wonderful months, the "refuse to lose" attitude of these women made this small New England state forget even Ben and Jerry.
HILLARY READ, St. Albans, Vt.

Recognizing the incident in which a fan ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium and thereby nullified Boston's apparent game-ending fly out as something that went right in '93 is as ludicrous and thoughtless as the act itself.
GLENN S. SHAPIRO, Metuchen, N.J.

You could have included New York Met pitcher Anthony Young's major league record for consecutive losses with 19 Things That Went Wrong, or the win that ended the streak with the 93 things that went right.
BILL YOUNG, Walterboro, S.C.

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