Tuesday January 16th, 2007

NCAA Football Power Rankings
Rank'06 School
1110Who's back: QB Brandon Cox, RB Brad Lester, WR Rod Smith, DE Quentin Groves.
Who's not: RB Kenny Irons, WR Courtney Taylor, G Ben Grubbs, LB Will Herring, CB David Irons.
Skinny: The Tigers will likely field another solid defense, and Lester and Ben Tate will be a great 1-2 running tandem. But the offensive line could be a problem area.
1211Who's back: RB Allen Patrick, WRs Malcolm Kelly and Juaquin Iglesias, S Reggie Smith.
Who's not: QB Paul Thompson, RB Adrian Peterson*, DE Larry Birdine, LB Rufus Alexander.
Skinny: There's a lot of talent returning on both sides of the ball, but QB will be a huge question. The Sooners could be led by an incoming freshman, Keith Nichol.
131213/12 Rutgers (11-2)Who's back: QB Mike Teel, RB Ray Rice, WR Kenny Britt, DE Jamaal Westerman, DT Eric Foster.
Who's not: FB Brian Leonard, TE Clark Harris, DT Ramel Meekins.
Skinny: Rutgers' talent level is only getting better. The Scarlet Knights' front seven will be a strength. Young receivers such as Tim Brown will need to step up.
145Who's back: RB Ian Johnson, WR Vinny Perretta, T Ryan Clady, S Marty Tadman.
Who's not: QB Jared Zabransky, WRs Jerard Rabb and Drisan James, LB Korey Hall.
Skinny: Boise returns only nine starters, but the Broncos play so many guys that they won't be without experience. The new QB could be Nick Lomax, son of Neil.
1525Who's back: QB Anthony Morelli, WR Derrick Williams, LBs Dan Connor and Sean Lee.
Who's not: RB Tony Hunt, DE Tim Shaw, DT Jay Alford, LB Paul Posluszny.
Skinny: Morelli looks to build on his big Outback Bowl performance. Finding a capable replacement for 1,300-yard rusher Hunt will be priority No. 1.
1613Who's back: RBs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, WR Marcus Monk, DE Antwain Robinson.
Who's not: T Tony Ugoh, DE Jamaal Anderson*, LB Sam Olajubutu, CB Chris Houston*.
Skinny: The Hogs would be in the top 10 if Houston Nutt's program wasn't such a soap opera. McFadden and Jones return to form another scary running attack.
1720Who's back: QB Erik Ainge, RB LaMarcus Coker, LB Jerod Mayo, S Jonathan Hefney.
Who's not: WRs Robert Meachem* and Jayson Swain, T Arron Sears, LB Marvin Mitchell.
Skinny: Ainge is poised for a huge senior year, but he'll be counting on some inexperienced receivers. A healthier defense should improve from a mediocre '06.
18--Who's back: RB Marlon Lucky, WR Terrence Nunn, LBs Corey McKeon and Bo Ruud.
Who's not: QB Zac Taylor, RB Brandon Jackson*, DEs Adam Carriker and Jay Moore.
Skinny: With Arizona State transfer Sam Keller at quarterback, Bill Callahan's offense could become more lethal. The defense has major holes to fill up front.
1918Who's back: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Kregg Lumpkin, CB Paul Oliver, K Brandon Coutu.
Who's not: TE Martrez Milner, DE Charles Johnson*, LB Tony Taylor, S Tra Battle.
Skinny: Heralded freshman Stafford made major strides late in the season. Georgia's stingy defense faces its biggest reloading challenge yet under Mark Richt.
202320/23 Boston College (10-3) Who's back: QB Matt Ryan, LBs Jolonn Dunbar and Brian Toal.
Who's not: G Josh Beekman.
Skinny: New coach Jeff Jagodzinski inherits an experienced team with 17 returning starters. Ryan will benefit from new offensive coordinator Steve Logan.

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