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ALL THE Rest Our Rankings from 26 to 117
Compiled by Richard Deitsch
August 12, 2002
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All The Rest Our Rankings From 26 To 117

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RANK

TEAM (FINAL RANK)

2001 RECORD

RETURNING STARTERS

SCHEDULE STRENGTH

THE SKINNY

26

N.C. STATE

7-5

14

74

Senior safety Terrence Holt, brother of NFL wideout Torry Holt, averaged nearly 10 tackles a game

27

UTAH

8-4

15

75

Junior QB Lance Rice is the grandson of donor Bob Rice, whose name adorns Rice-Eccles Stadium

28

MICHIGAN STATE

7-5

16

66

QB Jeff Smoker fired 21 TD passes and just eight INTs last season as a sophomore

29

BOSTON COLLEGE (21)

8-4

18

76

With William Green opting for the NFL, the Eagles' four-year streak of 1,000-yard rushers will end

30

CLEMSON

7-5

16

16

Don't be surprised if junior QB Willie Simmons, successor to Woody Dantzler, throws for 3,000 yards

31

ALABAMA

7-5

12

9

The SEC's best rushing team (226.4 yards per game) has its top four ground gainers back

32

KANSAS STATE

6-6

12

69

Sophomore tackle Tank Reese (5'11", 280 pounds) was the Big 12's defensive newcomer of the year

33

ARKANSAS

7-5

13

41

The DWI suspension of All-America junior safety Ken Hamlin leaves the secondary hog-tied

34

TEXAS TECH

7-5

19

4

Senior Kliff Kinsgbury ranks among the nation's top five returning QBs in completions, yards and TDs

35

OREGON STATE

5-6

17

57

No preseason No. 1 this year, with sophomores replacing QB Jonathan Smith and RB Ken Simonton

36

BYU (25)

12-2

12

80

Junior QB Bret Engemann takes over an offense that had an NCAA-best 543 yards per game

37

WISCONSIN

5-7

13

23

Senior WR Lee Evans smashed David Boston's Big Ten receiving yards record last year, with 1,545

38

UCLA

7-4

13

2

Coach Bob Toledo, who's 17-17 over the past three seasons, is on the hottest of hot seats

39

NOTRE DAME

5-6

14

14

Ty Willingham's first five games: Maryland, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford. Good luck

40

IOWA

7-5

14

55

The Hawkeyes have lost four straight to in-state rival Iowa State; they get another shot on Sept. 14

41

PURDUE

6-6

17

51

Sophomore WR Taylor Stubblefield (73 catches, 910 yards) is questionable after a July 4 skull fracture

42

MISSISSIPPI

7-4

16

32

Eli Manning's second-year stats (2,948 yards, 31 TDs) look awfully close to Peyton's (2,954, 22)

43

STANFORD

9-3

10

13

Junior WR Luke Powell tops the Cardinal record book in yards per reception (22.3)

44

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

6-5

18

67

Can Derrick Nix return to the form that saw him rush for more than 1,000 yards in 1998 and '99?

45

PITTSBURGH

7-5

16

58

Following a 1-5 start, the Panthers won six straight, including a Tangerine Bowl victory over N.C. State

46

BOISE STATE

8-4

15

112

Senior S Quintin Mikell had 87 tackles in 'ol, junior RB David Mikell (no relation) 1,441 total yards

47

IOWA STATE

7-5

15

34

Seneca Wallace, the Big 12's top offensive newcomer in 2001, could be its best signal-caller

48

GEORGIA TECH (24)

8-5

16

25

QB A.J. Suggs, who started four games for Tennessee in 2000, takes over the offense

49

SYRACUSE (14)

10-3

10

40

The Orangemen lost nine starters on offense, though not speedy junior QB R.J. Anderson

50

COLORADO STATE

7-5

15

39

With RB Cecil Sapp healthy, Henri Childs (841 rushing yards) will see time at H-back

51

VIRGINIA

5-7

13

10

Groh as in throw: The Cavs tossed a school-record 451 passes in 2001, Al Groh's first season as coach

52

CINCINNATI

7-5

17

73

QB Gino Guidugli (2,573 yards, 16 TDs) was the first freshman to win Bearcats MVP honors

53

FRESNO STATE

11-3

17

77

Junior Jeff Grady, the successor to David Carr, has thrown just 23 career passes

54

MISSISSIPPI STATE

3-8

16

17

Senior LB Mario Haggan has had double-digit tackles in 13 of his 20 regular-season starts

55

LOUISIANA TECH

7-5

18

78

Junior QB Luke McCown has passed for 300 or more yards in 12 of his 19 games as a starter

56

CENTRAL FLORIDA

6-5

11

98

QB Ryan Schneider is ahead of Daunte Culpepper's two-season pace, with 5,257 yards and 38 TDs

57

BOWLING GREEN

8-3

14

116

Junior Josh Harris (1,022 passing yards) and senior Andy Sahm (1,326 yards) will see time at QB

58

WAKE FOREST

8-5

17

45

Defensive Demon: Senior end Calvin Pace has 19 sacks over the past two seasons

59

MEMPHIS

5-6

17

87

QB turned WR Travis Anglin, a 6'4" senior, caught five passes for 131 yards in the spring game

60

OKLAHOMA STATE

4-7

18

24

Junior WR Rashaun Woods led the Big 12 in receptions (80) and yards (1,023) as a sophomore

61

NEW MEXICO

6-5

15

82

Junior QB Casey Kelly started the final seven games of the season, leading the Lobos to a 5-2 finish

62

MISSOURI

4-7

14

7

All-Big 12 wideout (and Tigers b-baller) Justin Gage caught 74 passes last year as a junior

63

ARIZONA

5-6

17

20

Junior TB Clarence Farmer led the Pac-10 in rushing, with 1,229 yards (5.9 per carry)

64

HAWAII

9-3

15

110

QB Timmy Chang (medical redshirt in 2001) threw for 3,041 yards as a freshman in '00

65

NORTH CAROLINA

8-5

10

8

The Tar Heels are still looking for a force to replace 'ol Lombardi winner Julius Peppers

66

MINNESOTA

4-7

16

56

Not-so- Golden Gophers start only one senior on defense, CB Mike Lehan

67

WEST VIRGINIA

3-8

17

28

Senior RB Avon Cobourne aims for a Mountaineers first: four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons

68

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

8-3

16

114

RB Dwone Hicks set school records for rushing TDs (20) and points (148) in 2001 as a junior

69

NORTHWESTERN

4-7

11

49

Sophomore Tony Stauss has the tough task of replacing record-setting QB Zak Kustok

70

EAST CAROLINA

6-6

14

83

All- Conference USA T Brian Rimpf held his own in games against Julius Peppers and Dwight Freeney

71

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

6-5

18

106

Senior RB Thomas Hammock (1,096 yards in 2001) carries a 3.50 GPA in marketing

72

ARIZONA STATE

4-7

12

26

Neither QB-freshman Chad Christensen or sophomore Andrew Walter-inspires confidence

73

TOLEDO (23)

10-2

12

102

Freshmen Quinton Broussard and Astin Martin vie to replace MAC No. 2 alltime rusher Chester Taylor

74

KENTUCKY

2-9

11

12

Junior Jared Lorenzen is the Wildcats' No. 2 career passer (behind Tim Couch), with 5,866 yards

75

TCU

6-6

15

89

Senior LB LaMarcus McDonald had a conference-best 25 tackles for losses, fourth in the nation

76

MIAMI ( OHIO)

7-5

15

64

Top 2001 MAC freshman Ben Roethlisberger led all freshman QBs in yards (3,105) and TD passes (25)

77

UNLV

4-7

14

71

Senior QB Jason Thomas is fully recovered from shoulder woes that thwarted his 'ol Heisman hopes

78

VANDERBILT

2-9

14

22

New coach Bobby Johnson faces his old team, Furman, in Vandy's second game, on Sept. 7

79

UAB

6-5

12

68

S Chris Brown and CB Dio Hill are the only starters back from the nation's top rushing D (57.3 yards)

80

KANSAS

3-8

12

46

From OU to KU: Former Sooners offensive coordinator Mark Mangino is the new head man in Lawrence

81

INDIANA

5-6

15

29

New coach Gerry DiNardo's last gig was with the XFL's Birmingham Thunderbolts

82

BALL STATE

5-6

17

101

Senior Marcus Merriweather is only the second Ball State RB with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons

83

SMU

4-7

16

107

New coach Phil Bennett was Kansas State's defensive coordinator for the past three years

84

SOUTH FLORIDA

8-3

18

88

Senior QB Marquel Blackwell has the name and the game for a dark-horse Heisman run

85

CALIFORNIA

1-10

18

33

Coach Jeff Tedford, formerly the offensive coordinator for rival Oregon, has a massive rebuilding job

86

AIR FORCE

6-6

10

84

Senior RB Leotis Palmer (516 yards) is one of three returning starters on offense for the Falcons

87

SAN DIEGO STATE

3-8

13

44

New coach Tom Craft is the first former Aztec player to head the team since Bob Breitbard in 1945

88

BAYLOR

3-8

15

37

The Bears have lost 29 straight Big 12 games; best shot this year is against Kansas at home on Oct. 5

89

WESTERN MICHIGAN

5-6

11

81

Senior LB Bryan Lape led the MAC with six forced fumbles in 2001

90

TROY STATE

7-4

16

104

The road to perdition? Away games: Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa State and Mississippi State

91

KENT STATE

6-5

14

105

QB Joshua Cribbs became the first I-A freshman to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards

92

TULANE

3-9

18

92

Junior RB Mewelde Moore surpassed 1,250 rushing yards and 60 catches in 2001, a I-A first

93

RUTGERS

2-9

17

60

The Scarlet Knights scored just 36 points in Big East play, five fewer than Miami's per-game average

94

AKRON

4-7

10

85

If senior Brandon Payne's knee is 100%, he'll be one of the best backs in the MAC

95

TEMPLE

4-7

17

42

Senior lineman Dan Klecko (6� sacks in 2001) follows in the footsteps of his dad, former NFLer Joe

96

NORTH TEXAS

5-7

20

108

All-conference safeties Craig Jones and Jonas Buckles combined for 128 tackles and seven INTs

97

NEW MEXICO STATE

5-7

9

103

Senior Robert Camdate, younger broth of St. Louis Rams RB Trung Canidate, starts at left corner

98

WYOMING

2-9

16

54

Junior QB Casey Bramlet must improve on last season's numbers: nine TD passes, 20 INTs

99

ARMY

3-8

10

99

Senior end Clarence Holmes is Army's sack leader for a career (nine) and a season (seven in 2001)

100

NEVADA

3-8

17

72

RB Chance Kretschmer (1,732 yards) became just the second freshman to lead the nation in rushing

101

UTEP

2-9

16

97

Sophomore LB Robert Rodriguez (a WAC-best 137 tackles) is one of 10 returning defensive starters

102

RICE

8-4

8

93

The top five rushers (but only one O-line starter) are back for last year's No. 2-ranked ground attack

103

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

3-8

18

94

Sophomore safety James King blocked seven punts and one extra point in 2001

104

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

3-8

16

96

Junio r WR Fred Stamps is a first-class deep threat, with 43 catches for 663 yards last year

105

EASTERN MICHIGAN

2-9

10

109

Five candidates battle to replace QB Kainoa Akina, who transferred to Hawaii

106

HOUSTON

0-11

13

79

Mismatch of the year: the Cougars in Austin against the Longhorns on Sept, 21

107

SAN JOSE STATE

3-9

7

50

CB Melvin Cook is the only starter back from the nation's No, 115-ranked D (500.8 yards per game)

108

DUKE

0-11

12

18

College football's longest active losing streak (23 straight entering '02) could end on Sept. 28 at Navy

109

BUFFALO

3-8

12

111

The Bulls have never been favored in a I-A game; that should change Sept. 14 when they host UConn

110

OHIO

1-10

9

90

Senior CB David (Bop) White is the MAC's active leader in interceptions, with 11

111

TULSA

1-10

15

86

The Golden Hurricane hosts No. 1 Oklahoma in the season opener; last year the Sooners scored 58

112

LOUISIANA-MONROE

2-9

18

115

Sonnier days ahead? Junior LB Maurice Sonnier (79 tackles, 5 sacks) is a Butkus Award candidate

113

UTAH STATE

4-7

15

63

Former walk-on Kevin Curtis, a senior wideout, led the nation last year with 9.1 receptions per game

114

NAVY

0-10

12

95

Hosting UConn on Nov. 16 assures the Midshipmen that they won't have another winless season

115

CONNECTICUT

2-9

18

100

After traveling to Miami on Oct. 5, the Huskies may want to reconsider joining the Big East in 2005

116

ARKANSAS STATE

2-9

16

117

Average age of the coaching staff is 35 years, four months, tied with Tulane for the nation's youngest

117

IDAHO

1-10

10

91

The Vandals travel to Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 21 for college football's Mr. Irrelevant game

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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