WAC co-champs two years ago, the Rainbows finished eighth in the conference in '93. They lost 14 starters from that team, but one returning is defensive lineman George Noga, brother of former Hawaii and NFL players Pete, Niko and Al.
92. Miami (Ohio)
The Cradle of Coaches may have to fire one if Randy Walker doesn't start winning more. He hasn't won more than six games in a season since taking over at his alma mater in 1990. Things got so bad last year that Walker had to use a linebacker at quarterback after his first three quarterbacks were sidelined.
Last fall the Midshipmen followed a 4-2 start—their best beginning since '81—with five consecutive defeats. Among the stingers were a 10-turnover disaster against Vanderbilt and a 16-14 loss to Army, when Ryan Bucchianeri missed a field goal with 12 seconds left (page 116). With 14 starters gone from last year's team, Bucchianeri may not get the chance to kick many game-winners this fall.
O.K., so the last time the Bobcats won more than four games in a season, Men at Work was a hip new band. And, yes, five times in the last eight years they have ended the season with one win. So? This is the Bobcats' 100th year of football, and they won four of their last five last season.
95. Northern Illinois
The LWL (Life Without LeShon) era of Huskie football has begun. All-America tailback (and Green Bay Packer) LeShon Johnson will be sorely missed after accounting for 54.2% of Northern's total offense last season. Still, LeShon-wannabe Brian Grimes should benefit from the holes cleared by 6'3", 303-pound guard Kent (Phone) Booth.
Junior fullback Akili King covered almost as much ground in the off-season as he did during the season. Last year he was the leading rusher for the nation's best running attack. In January he was caught brawling in a bar, and school officials sentenced him to 80 hours of marching.
97. San Jose State
With only two victories in '93 the Spartans had their worst record since 1970. This year's nonconference schedule consists of Fresno State, Baylor, Stanford, Cal and Washington, so don't look for much improvement. On the bright side...well, there isn't really a bright side.
Believe coach Ron Dickerson when he says he spent 60% of practice time last year on technique: The Owls played 32 freshmen last fall. Temple ranked at or near the bottom in nearly every NCAA statistical category and lost 10 straight games for the second year in a row. One ray of hope: 45 lettermen are back.
Senior linebacker Gerald Collins, who begins his sixth season in Nashville this fall, has seen the Commodores lose 40 games. He probably won't sec his 50th Vandy loss this year—then again, he might.
100. Eastern Michigan
Under 33-year-old Ron Cooper, the youngest coach in Division I-A, the Eagles rarely drop the ball—their turnover margin was among the best in the country—but they do drop names. Freshman Brian Wilcox is the son of former Tiger pitcher Milt Wilcox. Offensive lineman L.J. Shelton's dad, Lonnie, played in the NBA for 10 years. And fullback John Rice is the cousin of future NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.