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September 04, 1985

The Conferences

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Hawaii coach Dick Tomey walked across hot (2,000° F) coals in the off-season at a positive-thinking seminar. Tomey has nothing to be optimistic about at quarterback, but with the usual minimum of eight games at home, he shouldn't get burned too often this fall.

Q: Who has beaten Notre Dame three years running? A: Air Force, which gets its Irish up every year with the flexbone. Second-year coach Fisher DeBerry will be lucky to make it four in a row. Too many good players from last season are now flying around in F-15s.

Five years ago, Doug Scovil promised that by 1985 San Diego State would be bumping heads with BYU for the league title. The Aztecs didn't do much head bumping last season, but when you consider that they lost to five bowl winners, you see progress. Utah's new coach, Jim Fassel, is bent on proving that BYU isn't the only school in the state religious about passing. That would be fine if the Utes had a quarterback and their best player wasn't Eddie Johnson, who was the nation's No. 1 freshman runner in '84 with 85.1 yards per game.

New Mexico was 4-0 last fall when senior quarterback Buddy Funck was injured. After that, the Lobos went into a blue Funck and lost their next eight games. Expect more calamities. Wyoming has only 11 seniors and no decent quarterback. Now for the bad news: In '84 the defense ranked 103rd out of 105 Division I-A teams.

Colorado State hired longtime Texas aide Leon Fuller three years ago, but the Rams' program continues to flounder. Fuller, however, is nothing if not courageous; he's taking on LSU and Miami. Deuces have been wild at inept Texas-El Paso. The Miners have won two games per for three consecutive seasons. Begin an investigation if UTEP wins two this year, because only eight starters are back.

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

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