Speaking of new homes, Pittsburgh plays its final season at Pitt Stadium and Southern Methodist its last in the Cotton Bowl. Colorado has installed grass at Folsom Field, which should please Ralphie the Buffalo. Hawaii will play more home games (nine) than any other school, while Idaho, hoping to bolster its bank account, will play zero in-state. The Vandals' home games will be at Washington State's Martin Stadium in nearby Pullman, where the seats are three times more numerous than those in the Kibbie Dome.
Speaking of economy, inflation threatens the game. Division I-A has added two schools—Buffalo and Middle Tennessee State—and one bowl, the Mobile Alabama Bowl, which will be held in Mobile, Ala., but whose title has no comma...which gives us pause. As does this new rule (1-4-5-r): Visible bandannas on the field of play or in the end zone are illegal. Does that mean that every time a referee throws a flag he is committing a penalty?
Of course not. Expect the expected—Florida coach Steve Spurrier will lift his visor and run a hand through his hair shortly before demoting a quarterback; Virginia Tech will block a punt, as it did eight times last year; and Purdue's brilliant quarterback, Drew Brees, will create a stiff wind with his arm (page 56). But rely on the unexpected, such as Arkansas's aforementioned gaffe, for the thrills. Nothing in college football, not even this guide, is perfect except for Memphis kicker Ryan White's leg (he was 38 for 38 on field goals and extra points in 1998) and ESPN announcer Chris Fowler's coif.